The Delaware Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which spreads awareness on the facts, risk factors and symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer, will receive a unique recognition in November when the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by Smithfield, is lit in purple to recognize the organization during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is dedicated to fighting a disease on track to become the second most deadly cancer by 2020. The 46-foot tall Monster Monument will be lit in purple during the evening hours in November as part of the Monster Mile’s initiative for charities and nonprofit organizations to promote their causes using one of the mid-Atlantic’s most recognizable landmarks.

In addition to purple in November, this year the Monster Monument has been illuminated pink to mark breast cancer awareness in October, teal in September for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, which raises funds toward ending ovarian and childhood cancer, and blue for autism awareness in April.

Organizations can make requests to light the Monster Monument in several ways, including using the hashtag, #LightUpMiles, on social media and sending recommendations to There is no application process but the Speedway will keep a list of appropriate requests and use those suggestions whenever appropriate.

If an organization is selected, in addition to lighting up the Monster Monument, it can receive tickets to upcoming NASCAR tripleheader weekends; an ad in the Dover souvenir program; table space along the vendor midway on NASCAR weekends; and an auction/donation item for a charitable event.

Dover International Speedway hosts two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2019 on May 3-5 and Oct. 4-6 as it celebrates its 50th anniversary season, including two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races on May 5 and Oct. 6.

The Oct. 6, 2019, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race is the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover will be the 10th track in the nation to host 100-plus NASCAR Cup Series events.

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