Bad River Pedestrian Bridge Goes Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

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The City of Fort Pierre has announced that the pedestrian bridge crossing the Bad River from Fischers/Lilly Park to the Bad River boat ramp will be lit purple to bring awareness to the month of November, which is Pancreatic Awareness Cancer Month.

 

The bridge lighting will take place immediately after the City Council meeting at approximately 8:00 PM on Monday, November 1, 2021. An official City of Fort Pierre Proclamation will be read at the ceremony.  Viewing of the bridge lighting may be observed from the deck of the Silver Spur Bar and Restaurant, from the park, or the parking lot.

 

The Silver Spur, which is normally closed on Monday evenings, will be open for customer dining from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for the convenience of those going to the bridge lighting ceremony.

 

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson said, “Central South Dakota, and specifically, Pierre and Fort Pierre, have been heavily affected by pancreatic cancer in the last 20 years.  Almost 50 of our local residents have been lost to this horrible disease and we hope that, by lighting the bridge, we can help residents bring attention to the discrete signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.”  Hanson added, “By identifying these symptoms early enough, residents can have a conversation with their health care provider to explore all possibilities.  With an overall 5 year survival rate of 8%, pancreatic cancer is now the 3rd leading cause of cancer death with the only possible “cure” being surgical removal.” About 52,000 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year in the United States while about 43,000 die from the disease.

 

The Mayor added, “Recognizing that it will may be chilly, we are extremely grateful to the Silver Spur for opening their doors so that bridge lighting viewers have a chance to eat dinner and watch the lighting from the comfort of the deck, inside the building, or the parking lot.”

 

Informational Pancreatic Cancer pamphlets and brochures will be available at the event.