Rosemary Takacs's Personal Page
My father, Jim Takacs, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just ten days after his forty-seventh birthday. His battle, though short, was about average for pancreatic cancer patients. He passed away six and a half months later on November 17, 2008. I was ten years old.
When my dad passed away, the five year survival rate for pancreatic cancer was just 6%. Now it is up to 9%, but that is not enough. Pancreatic cancer is the only cancer to have a survival rate in the single digits. It is also predicted to be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States by 2020.
I have been volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network since my dad was diagnosed. I have helped put on personal fundraisers. I have been a part of affiliates in both Massachusetts and North Carolina. I have been to Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. to help pass legislation for increased funding for pancreatic cancer research.
A single digit survival rate is unacceptable. I will continue to fight for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer so that someday we can end this awful disease.