Immunovia iWALK around the world for pancreatic cancer awareness
Due to Covid-19 during 2020 and the increased need for social distancing, we choosed not to promote the physical gathering of large crowds and instead transfer our activities and commitment to a virtual walk campaign: Immunovia Walk.
We aimed to walk 40 075 km between end of July until World Pancreatic Cancer Day November 19, 2020. Together we reached the goal with over 4 000 iWalk campaign visitors and more than 1 800 walks registered from 500 cities across 60 countries.
Many thanks to all of you who participated in our iWalk campaign and registered kilometers. Together we made a difference!
Immunovia brought together the voices of survivors, their family members and friends, patient organizations and clinicians into a short iWalk movie covering the contributions from the registered iWalks for pancreatic cancer awareness. The Immunovia iWalk movie was released on World Pancreatic Cancer Day on November 19, 2020.
Immunovia WPCD 2020
Immunovia sponsored an educational online webinar organized by PALEMA, the Swedish patient association, which highlighted the latest updates in surgery and immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer. The online webinar took place on November 19 between 5.00 – 8.00 PM (CET). The presentations were mostly in Swedish. Please visit PALEMA’s website for more information: https://palema.org/aktivitet/webbinarium-det-senaste-inom-kirurgi-och-immunterapi-for-pankreascancer/?instance_id=415
This year, Immunovia joined the “Light it Purple” initiative again, where landmarks throughout the world were lit purple to honor World Pancreatic Cancer Day and raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
Over 200 landmarks in all 50 states in the United States and 3 provinces in Canada participated.
Immunovia continued to sponsor the ‘Striding for Survival’ virtual walk in 2020 coordinated by Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA). All Immunovia employees were wearing their PCA t-shirts together with thousands of others around the UK to dedicate their activity to raising awareness of pancreatic cancer. See #stridingforsurvival on all social media channels and https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/about/early-diagnosis/ for more information.
A google map with all the purple lights being lit up in the UK for world pancreatic cancer day can be found at https://purplelightsuk.org/
Immunovia participated as last year in the ”cities race” activity organized by ACANPAN, the Spanish association of patients with pancreatic cancer (Carrera de las ciudades contra el cáncer de páncreas – http://carreracancerpancreas.es). This year the run was a virtual event which took place between November 19 to 22, 2020. So far, in the various editions, 40.127 people have participated in 6 different cities, running for 218.574 km and raising 540.000 EUR for research in pancreatic cancer.
In collaboration with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition Immunovia created a dedicated website in Spanish to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer. https://www.interlid.biz/spanish#/sintomas-y-riesgos-del-cancer-de-pancreas/
Austria and Germany have joined the Immunovia iWalk campaign: private persons, survivors and their relatives, members of patient organizations, several PDAC clinicians including a dedicated walking group of the PDAC center in Bochum. The pancreas patient organization, TEB e.V. Selbsthilfe (Tumore und Erkrankungen der Bauchspeicheldrüse) created their own German WPCD walking initiative Deutschland läuft für den Welt-Pankreaskrebstag based on Immunovias’s iWalk campaign. They generously donated 2000 km to Immunovia’s iWalk.
During the main digital symposium of the 7th German World Pancreatic Cancer Day, organized by TEB e.V. Selbsthilfe, Immunovia was proud to participate in the podium discussion “Findings, Movement, Progress” to discuss news about improvements today and tomorrow for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Session was be recorded, and published on the official website https://welt-pankreaskrebstag.de/.
Due to Corona pandemic, local digital seminars and several “light-it-purple”actions, were organized by PDAC hospitals and by the two pancreas patient organizations, AdP e.V. (AdP Veranstaltungen) and TEB e.V. (TEB Veranstaltungen)
WPCD 2020 – It’s About Time
German speaking video: Lernen Sie die Symptome kennen
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