'Swayze Daze of Summer' fundraiser returns to MOA in honor of late actor


If you're a fan of Patrick Swayze, then an event at the Mall of America Saturday evening will be right in your Road House.

For the second year in a row, the megamall is celebrating the late actor's life with a night of film screenings – dubbed the "Swayze Daze of Summer."

Showing this year will be Swayze's wildly successful 1990 film "Ghost," in which he plays the dead boyfriend of Demi Moore, which gets underway at 7 p.m.

This will be followed with a look at his performance as an anti-hero bank robber pitted against FBI agent Keanu Reeves in "Point Break" at 9:30 p.m.

Admission to the screenings are free, but donations are being taken for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which has partnered with the Mall of America for the event to raise awareness of the disease that claimed Swayze's life in 2009.

In a MOA press release, it says that an estimated 600 Minnesotans will die this year from pancreatic cancer, according to The American Cancer Society.

This would make it the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the state, ahead of breast cancer, and it is predicted to become the second leading cause behind lung cancer in 2020.

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