PHILADELPHIA -- The Temple women's rowing team took time out of their off-season training to participate in Saturday's PurpleStride Philadelphia 5K. The event raises money for pancreatic cancer research, and this year has raised over $625,000 and counting.
Temple's participation in the event is a team tradition honoring former Owl Laura Altimari '09, whose mother passed away from the disease. Current members of the Owl team have also had family members affected by the disease.
"Purple Stride is a great Temple Rowing tradition that I'm thankful to have taken part in for another year," said senior captain Lily Papaleo
. "It's nice to take a step back from training and focus on the family network we have created with each other. It's great seeing new members run it for the first time, and alums who come back year after year to take part in a cause bigger than ourselves."
Temple's participation in PurpleStride dates back to 2009 and Assistant Coach Alyssa O'Donnell
said the team looks forward to the event each year. "For us, it's more than just a 5k, it's an opportunity for the team to show their support, for each other and alums, through thick and thin," she noted. "When they run through the finish line they know they did something special for their teammate, and for awareness for pancreatic cancer."
It is estimated that more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and more than 39,000 will die from the disease. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death, with a relative five-year survival rate of just 6%, the lowest rate of any major cancer.
The Temple women's rowing team had a fantastic fall season and will be back in action in the spring.