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The A on Hayden Butte is shown painted purple in honor of a professor's fight with pancreatic cancer. (Scottsdale Healthcare)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The familiar gold A hovering over Arizona State University's main campus was painted purple on Wednesday.

No, a rival team was not pulling a prank. The letter on Hayden Butte was painted in honor of 57-year-old ASU professor Sidney Bacon, who is fighting pancreatic cancer.

Bacon is a one-year survivor of the disease and is being treated at Scottsdale Healthcare's Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, which has recently developed a new treatment that improves survival rates.

Purple is the color of pancreatic cancer awareness ribbons.

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