Iconic Chicago Real Estate Going Purple

November 06, 2011

At the beginning of each month, we write a post on all the observances honored during that month.

This month, Chicago real estate big-wigs will be dressing up for one such cause.

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and in support, some of Chicago’s most prominent buildings will be lit up in purple.

“Chicago’s skyline will turn purple in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and will serve to raise public awareness of this very serious disease as we work to find a cure,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The sad reality is that most patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer today hear the same prognosis that patients did 40 years ago.

“I want to thank the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for creating hope and its advocacy for a cure through research, patient support and community outreach.”

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

This year in Illinois, 1,850 will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 1,610 will die from it.

Emanuel said we must work as a nation to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act, which would develop a long-term strategic plan for pancreatic cancer research. Seven Illinois officials have co-sponsored the Act, including Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Jan Schakowky.

You will see purple on these participating Chicago buildings:

*Willis Tower

*Trump Tower

*Wrigley Building

*Northern Trust Bank

*Blue Cross/Blue Shield

*Diamond Building, 150 N. Michigan Ave.

*Inland Steel, 30 W. Monroe St

*Bloomingdale’s, 900 N Michigan Ave.

*The Clare at Water Tower, 55 E Pearson St.

*The W Hotel, 172 W. Adams St.

*The Goodman Theatre building

*Northwestern University Brittanica Clock Tower

*City Tower at O’Hare

*AON Building

*Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave.


“On behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, I salute the City of Chicago and Mayor Emanuel for recognizing November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The Chicago skyline being lit purple, in honor of all those affected by pancreatic cancer, creates much-needed awareness for the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States,” said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

“We are grateful to Chicago for joining the movement to defeat pancreatic cancer.”

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