“Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest cancers in our country with a five year survival rate of just six percent. Volunteers with the Cleveland Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are doing their part in helping to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in its bold new goal to double the survival rate for pancreatic cancer by 2020. The Cleveland Affiliate is intensifying its efforts to raise awareness in the community, host fundraising events and contact our elected officials to gain support for the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/ H.R. 733),” stated Megan Graham, Volunteer and Event Coordinator, Cleveland Affiliate. “But, we need help. We need more members of the community to join our efforts and Volunteer for Progress. Together we can know, fight and end this deadly disease.”
- PurpleLight - On November 20, 2011 the Cleveland Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will join thousands of people across the country to participate in one of over 45 PurpleLight Vigil for Hope events. The candlelight vigil will honor those who have fought pancreatic cancer and celebrate the survivors, while raising community awareness about the disease. To register, and submit the name you would like read during the ceremony, please visit www.purplelight.org
- Tempur-Pedic® 2011 Hugs Back Campaign: Feel the Difference. Make a Difference. - During the month of November Tempur-Pedic has committed to contribute $10 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for every individual who tests a Tempur-Pedic mattress at a participating authorized retailer. To find a retailer visit www.tempurpedic.com
- Z Gallerie Awareness Month Shopping Weekend – In memory of Shirley Zeiden, mother of the company’s founders, Z Gallerie will donate 10 percent sales from November 5 through November 7. Shop or find a store near you at www.zgallerie.com.
74 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. The survival rate has not substantially improved in over forty years because early detection tools and effective treatments have yet to be developed. Despite these sobering statistics, just two percent of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal research funding is allocated to pancreatic cancer. Once enacted and fully funded, Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/ H.R. 733) will ensure that the NCI develops a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for developing early diagnostics and treatment options that will increase the survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network