Another post about pancreatic cancer.
A reader from White Plains, June Burke, wrote to say she has organized a walk to raise money for research. She is working with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network based in El Segundo, Calif.
You can find out more about PanCan “here.”:http://www.pancan.org It says it raises money for direct private funding of researchâ€”and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
“This past July, I became aware of a terrible disease that has affected so many lives, pancreatic cancer,” Burke wrote in a letter Our Lady of Sorrow School. “Mrs. (Fran) Holt, the Spanish teacher at Our Lady of Sorrows School, was diagnosed with metatastic pancreatic cancer. At the same time, I had just finished reading â€œThe Last Lectureâ€ by Randy Pausch, who has since passed away at the age of 47. Within another month, Mr. (Richard) Biondi, a great figure in the city of White Plains for many years, also passed away from this horrible illness.
“I thought this would be a great cause for my daughter, currently an eighth grader, to get involved in to earn community service hours. I looked locally and found nothing here in Westchester benefiting this cause.
“Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States. There is no method of early detection for pancreatic cancer.
“This year an estimated 37,680 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 34,290 will die from this disease. From a scientific research perspective, pancreatic cancer is where breast cancer was in the 1930â€™s.
“Despite these statistics, pancreatic cancer research constitutes less than 2 percent of the National Cancer Instituteâ€™s federal research funding.”
The walk in White Plains will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8. It is being called “The 1st Annual Purple Walk White Plains.” It will begin with registration at 8 am at Our Lady Of Sorrows School on Mamaroneck Avenue; participants will walk to Stepinac High School and around the track beginning at 9 a.m.
More information? Contact Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org.