Folks are invited to a purple light vigil in Brewer tonight with the Purple Iris Foundation to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.

November 17th is World Pancreatic Cancer Day, so a local organization that works to raise awareness about the disease is holding a special vigil on the Brewer Waterfront. The Purple Iris Foundation will join the global movement with an event at 6:00 tonight at the Children's Garden on the Bangor Waterfront. Everyone is asked to bring purple glow sticks and glow-wear to help Light The Night For Hope. Organizers hope the event will help bring awareness about the disease, celebrate hope, and remember those who've lost their own cancer battles. In addition, the Purple Iris Foundation encourages people to light up their homes and businesses with purple lights throughout the month of November.

The Purple Iris Foundation, a proud member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, started after founder Christina Parrish was told, in 2008, that she had stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, and would only live another 3 to 6 months. 8 years later, Christina is still here and works tirelessly to raise awareness and to show support for those currently dealing with the disease. Volunteers plant purple irises in beds around the state, in front of businesses and municipal buildings, schools, and public parks, among other events.