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Pancreatic Cancer patient hopes to raise awareness at SLC Marathon

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A 33 year-old pancreatic cancer patient will be among the thousands participating in Saturday’s Salt Lake City Marathon.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A 33 year-old pancreatic cancer patient will be among the thousands participating in Saturday’s Salt Lake City Marathon.

Shantell Pitts-Seare will be walking the 5k as part of the Huntsman Hometown Heroes team.

Three years ago Shantell went to the emergency room with stomach pains thinking it was appendicitis, but instead she learned it was a pancreatic tumor.

Life ever since has been pretty much constant treatment. “I’ll be treated indefinitely, I'll probably be on chemo for the rest of my life,” she said.

With no family history, Shantell's cancer seemed to come out of no where which is why she's hoping to spread awareness about the devastating disease by walking in the 5k.

“I think it’s really important for people to get out there and get involved,” she said. “If I can't spend the time to help myself I certainly can’t expect anyone else to.”

Raising awareness is crucial, according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “The survival rate is so, low it’s only six percent, it's the lowest of all the major cancers,” said Rona Greenwald, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “There is no early detection there is not a whole lot of effective treatment options which is why we need more money.”

If you would like to support Shantell’s team and donate to help find a cure, click here.
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