Kosten Foundation Announces Local Efforts for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November 08, 2018

Memphis, Tenn., November 8, 2018 – The Kosten Foundation is bringing awareness to one of the most deadly forms of cancer during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month again this November with various initiatives and events, including their annual symposium lecture, a Tribute at Twilight event, purple lighting of public and private structures, purple items at local businesses, and Purple PANCakes for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness at Strano by Chef Josh. All donations to the Kosten Foundation in November will also be matched by Susan and Alan Kosten. Donations can be made online at www.kostenfoundation.com.

The Memphis community is once again turning the city purple, the color for pancreatic cancer awareness, this November. The public is invited to participate and celebrate all month long and especially on World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day Thursday, November 15, by wearing purple or lighting up their residence and/or office purple. Those that would like to show support with a yard sign can contact the Kosten Foundation to arrange to pick-up an all-new yard sign. Memphis Botanic Gardens, AutoZone Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Children’s Museum of Memphis will light purple, Memphis and Shelby Farms will display information about the Kosten Foundation and pancreatic cancer in their lobbies, and Lisa’s Lunchbox and Staks Kitchen are adding special messaging to every take-out order throughout the month, and more! The public is invited to share photos of their purple efforts online and use the hashtags #PurpleForKosten and #WPCD.

“We wanted to make November in Memphis and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month something that will change the way we think about philanthropy and community service for generations to come,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “We feel humbled and honored by our community’s support in bringing awareness to this deadly form of cancer.”

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Confirmed Events for November Awareness and #PurpleForKosten:

Event Location
Memphis Botanic Gardens Turns Purple
All Day
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd., Memphis
The garden will turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
PANCakes for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
Saturdays & Sundays in November
Strano by Chef Josh

518 Perkins Extd., Memphis

Purple Pancakes will be on the menu throughout November. All proceeds of pancake sales will be donated to the Kosten Foundation.


Theatre Memphis

2 p.m.

Theatre Memphis
630 Perkins Extd., Memphis
Theatre Memphis will light up purple in the auditorium, and all beverage sales will be provided in Kosten Foundation purple cups.
Purple Pick-up Stickers on delivery/pick-up orders


6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lisa’s Lunchbox Delivery (Five Locations)

116 S. Front Street, Memphis

6070 Poplar Avenue, Memphis

2650 Thousand Oaks, Memphis

5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy, Memphis

50 N. Front Street, Memphis


Staks Pancake Kitchen Delivery

4615 Poplar Ave #102,





Lisa’s Lunchbox will have stickers on all pick-up/delivery orders in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.


Stak’s Pancake Kitchen will have stickers on pick-up/delivery orders in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Tribute at Twilight
5:30 p.m.
Cancer Survivor Park
701 Perkins Extended, Memphis
An event to remember those lost to pancreatic cancer and celebrate survivors. There will be a sharing of stories, purple pinwheels and glow sticks in remembrance and honor of those lost to pancreatic cancer and those still fighting it. Free and open to the public.
Monthly Support Group Meeting
10 a.m.
Cordova Public Library
8457 Trinity Rd., Cordova
Free, monthly support group meeting for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, people who have beaten it, and friends and family members. Contact Kathryn Craig at kgilbertcraig@comcast.net or (901) 832-4782 with any questions.
Children’s Museum of Memphis
All Day
2525 Central Ave, Memphis


The Children’s Museum of Memphis interior and carousel will turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Kosten Foundation Annual Symposim Event
Wednesday, November 14
Coleman Building

956 Court Ave., Memphis

Keynote speaker is Dr. David Kooby, MD, FACS, professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Free and open to the public.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Turns Purple
All Day
335 S. Hollywood Street,


The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
All Day
A global day of giving and thanks. Help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice. Throughout November, all donations to the Kosten Foundation will be matched by Susan and Alan Kosten.
Mighty Lights Bridge Purple Lighting
November 2018


Top of every hour after sundown until 11 p.m.
Big River Crossing and Hernando Desoto Bridge


The Big River Crossing and Hernando Desoto Bridge will turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Orpheum Marquee Sign
November 2018
203 S. Main St., Memphis
The Orpheum will display a marquee sign for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month


The Kosten Foundation can be found online at:





About Pancreatic Cancer:

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose, mainly because there are no “definitive” symptoms, but also because standard tests often return negative results. Patients often comment on experiencing a variety of symptoms before diagnoses, including unintended weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, back or belly pain, fatigue and jaundice. According to the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates:

  • About 53,670 people (27,970 men and 25,700 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.
  • About 43,090 people (22,300 men and 20,790 women) will die of pancreatic cancer this year.
  • Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US and about 7% of all cancer deaths.
  • The average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer for both men and women is about 1 in 65 (1.5%).


About the Kosten Foundation:

The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was founded in 2003 by the family of Herb Kosten after his death due to pancreatic cancer. Kosten’s family sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. The organization has raised close to $2,000,000 for pancreatic cancer research and hosts a very active monthly support group meeting for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer. In 2004, in honor of Kosten’s love of tennis, the Memphis-based organization began hosting annual tennis tournaments to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer, and in 2011 the group held its first Kick It 5K run/walk. The annual signature event has grown to include more than 2,500 participants. Money raised from the Kick It 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research and support fellowship training for future pancreatic cancer surgeons at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Also, the Foundation presents a yearly symposium headlined by nationally recognized leaders in the field of pancreatic cancer. For more information about the Kosten Foundation, its programs, and events, visit the website at kostenfoundation.com.



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