DALLAS – Before taking the Dallas Mavericks through Saturday’s shootaround, coach Rick Carlisle participated in the PurpleStride DFW 2018, which was held at Klyde Warren Park.
The PurpleStride, which is in its 10th season, is the kargest sources of funding for the Pancreartic Cancer Action Network.
“This is the 10th year I’ve been involved,” Carlisle said. “It’s growing more and more each year.
“Pancreatic cancer is the most aggressive cancer that’s out there. The survival rate is gradually rising. It’s gone from six percent to nine percent, which is great.”
Former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly died of pancreatric cancer on May 9, 2009, and former Indiana Pacers co-owner Melvin Simon died of pancreatic on Sept. 16, 2009. Carlisle was close friends with both Daly and Simon.
“It’s a fight that’s extremely important,” Carlisle said. “I’ve lost some very close friends to the disease, so I’m very committed.”