As some of you know, my dad, Brian Geise, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer just over 5 years ago. He was diagnosed in October of 2011 and passed in May of 2012, just 7 months later; unfortunately, this is the quite normal with pancreatic cancer. This year The diagnostic Imaging team at Carroll Hospital lost a friend and coworker, Patti Sprenkle in July of 2017.
Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the US, but it is projected to be the 2nd leading cause by the year 2020. In 2014 it was estimated that 46,000 people in the US will be diagnosed and 40,000 will die of this disease. The 5-year survival rate was an abysmal 6%, but because of our hard work over the last few year the 5-year survival rate is now 9%.
Each year I Wage hope against pancreatic cancer and do my part to change these grim statistics. You can help today by supporting my fundraising efforts. Here are just a few examples of how you can help - $38 can give free one-on-one support to someone facing pancreatic cancer.
- $72 can support a local volunteer affiliate's ability to fight pancreatic cancer today.
- $105 can train 15 volunteer advocates to speak up for research funding on Capitol Hill.
- $259 can connect a promising young scientist with senior scientists to pave the way for more treatment breakthroughs one day.
By donating today you will be one of the many that will help the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network reach its goal of raising $200 million by the year 2020 and meet the vision of doubling pancreatic cancer survior rates by the year 2020.