McCaig’s Tower to reign purple on Thursday

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McCaig's Tower, pictured here in 2017

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McCaig’s Tower in Oban will glow with purple light on Thursday November 19 in recognition of World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

It is part of the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign organised by individuals
affected by the disease.

It is a way to remember loved ones lost to pancreatic cancer as well as supporting those living with and beyond the disease, as well as raising vital awareness during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November.

Adrian Beard, of Connel, has recently undergone major surgery to remove a
tumour on his pancreas.

Through BID4OBan, he organised for McCaig’s Tower to light up in memory and support of all those that are currently suffering or have passed away from the cruel disease. Adrian’s mother passed away from it in May 2015.

Mr Beard said: ‘I am delighted to be raising awareness of this dreadful disease by taking
part in the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign.

‘I hope that by lighting up McCaig’s Tower in purple, I will help put a spotlight on a disease that many people still know so very little about.’

Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is supported by UK based charities Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Action, Planets and Guts UK.

The campaign involves lighting purple focal points in villages, towns and cities all over the UK on World Pancreatic Cancer Day which is on Thursday (November 19).

Almost 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year. Sadly, less than seven per cent of those diagnosed survive five years or more.

Despite being the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer, the disease receives only two per cent  of UK cancer research funding.

Anyone who would like to take part or find out more about Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer, please visit purplelightsuk.org or e-mail info@purplelights.org.uk

CAPTION: McCaig’s Tower, pictured here in 2017.