My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2009. At the time, he seemed like a healthy, 49-year-old man, and like so many other people I've spoken to, had no risk factors. Within two months of his diagnosis he had passed away. And I learned that over the course of his entire life, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer had not budged from 6%.
Since I joined the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in 2009, working with thousands of other volunteers, patients, and donors, five-year survival has risen to 9%. While that is still too low, that shows a 50% improvement over the last few years for a cancer that for my dad's entire life had not improved at all. But we need your help to keep this momentum.
Our team has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer in honor of my dad, and the families who are currently fighting for their lives.Will you help us rewrite the future of this disease by joining our team or making a donation today?
Every dollar that you donate ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to create better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today.