Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
It may surprise you to learn that pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in our country, but receives less than 2 percent of federal cancer research funds.
Further, pancreatic cancer deaths have increased, even in times when overall cancer death rates declined.
My own story is difficult to share. Having lost my husband -- who was also a father, brother, son and a friend to so many at the young age of 56 -- the impact of pancreatic cancer on patients, survivors and loved ones is unimaginably difficult. However, I believe there can be hope if we're able to educate the public with our stories.
The time has come to ensure progress is made on this devastating disease. Our community took an important step forward in September when the National Plan to Advance Pancreatic Cancer Research Act of 2008, H.R. 7045, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
This historic initiative marks the first major piece of legislation that could address the astounding mortality rate of the most deadly cancer in the United States today, pancreatic.
I urge all of you to visit PanCan.org for a way to raise awareness and to gain more information pertaining to this deadly cancer.
Next fall, I will be heading this area's first Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Walk, with the hope there will be many participants who will "Raise their Voices" because I truly believe awareness, hope and funding will some day, in the near future, bring us a cure.
For more information on how to "Raise Your Voice," sign a petition for funding and notify your state representative and congressman, please visit PanCan.org.