As night fell on Nashville Sunday evening, the Nashville Historic Courthouse turned purple, representing the fight against pancreatic cancer.
The Nashville affiliate of the Pancreatic Action Network held a PurpleLight Vigil where friends and family could gain comfort and encouragement and honor those who have lost the fight.
"The whole idea is to bring everyone together to let them know that they're a part of a community and that there are other people out there who know exactly what they're going through," said coordinator Gwynne Lundy.
The statistics on pancreatic cancer are grim. About 45,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease annually. The survival rate over five years is only about six percent.
Lynn Watson's mother died of pancreatic cancer three years ago. Watson was one of dozens of people who attended Sunday's vigil in downtown Nashville.
"We just don't want anyone else to go through what we've been through," Watson said.
The PurpleLight Vigil is being held in more than 70 cities across the country. An estimated 18,000 glow sticks will be illuminated to help bring awareness to pancreatic cancer.
Nashville's Metro Historic Courthouse will be illuminated with purple lights through Sunday night.
Fore more information about the Pancreatic cancer action network click here.