Norwalk is invited to “Light the City Purple” for pancreatic cancer awareness

The City of Norwalk will glow purple all November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, with a kickoff event on Thursday, November 4.

Norwalk Hospital (contributed photo)

NORWALK, CT – Norwalk Hospital, the City of Norwalk and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce are hosting a new initiative called “Light the City Purple” during November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

The City of Norwalk will go purple in November to celebrate and remember everyone who has been affected by pancreatic cancer, generate awareness about the disease and raise funds to support research at Norwalk Hospital, part of Nuvance Health.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal types of cancer with a low survival rate because it is difficult to diagnose early. People are typically diagnosed with advanced-stage pancreatic cancer when they have more serious symptoms.

“Our team of clinicians and researchers are dedicated to developing a screening test to detect pancreatic cancer at an earlier, curable stage to improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Richard Frank, chair of cancer research for Nuvance Health and medical oncologist at Norwalk Hospital. “Philanthropy to support pancreatic cancer research at Norwalk Hospital advances our early-detection efforts to better diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent pancreatic cancer.”

“We are pleased to partner with Nuvance Health and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce to increase awareness about pancreatic cancer. I encourage our residents and businesses to join us to ‘Light the City Purple’ in November,” said Harry Rilling, Mayor of Norwalk.

“We are always pleased and proud to partner with our great friends at Norwalk Hospital and Nuvance Health — and certainly most willing to collaborate for such a meaningful and important cause,” said Brian Griffin, president and CEO, Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.

How to participate in Light the City Purple for pancreatic cancer awareness

Businesses and residents are invited to a kickoff lighting ceremony from 5 pm to 5:45 pm on Thursday, November 4 at City Park located at 50 Washington Street in Norwalk. There is no cost to attend. Participants must wear masks. To register, visit or text lightthecity to 41444. Messaging and data rates may apply.

Norwalk Hospital will provide complimentary purple light bulbs to businesses and residents to join the fun by adorning their buildings, offices, stores and homes with purple lights, ribbons and decorations.

Light bulbs are available for pick up throughout November at the following locations:

· Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

· Norwalk Public Library Main Branch: 10 am to 5:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 am to 7 pm, Thursday

· Norwalk Public Library SONO Branch: 10 am to 5:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 11:30 am to 7 pm, Tuesday

Participants are encouraged to share photos of their purple decorations on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tag Norwalk Hospital, the City of Norwalk and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.

To make a donation or sponsor “Light the City Purple”, visit

Proceeds will support pancreatic cancer research at Norwalk Hospital. Learn more about pancreatic cancer research.


Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Nuvance Health will recognize gifts made to support “Light the City Purple” during its Moment of Giving event on November 17.


Hear directly from pancreatic cancer experts during Nuvance Health’s House Calls webinar at 4pm on November 17: New perspectives on pancreatic cancer, research and the patient experience. Register by visiting

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