This is a photo of my mom and my aunt, just a few months before she passed away after battling pancreatic cancer in 2008.
This coming Sunday, June 8th, my team is walking in the Lustgarten Foundation’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in Brooklyn in an effort to raise the necessary research funding for this terrible disease. Both my mom and my papaw (her dad) were taken from us by this terrible disease.
Thanks to advances in treatment, overall U.S. cancer death rates are steadily dropping. Unfortunately, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is still dismal.
Cancer treatment advances are the result of scientific research. But research follows dollars, and in spite of being the nation’s fourth leading cancer killer, pancreatic cancer receives only 2% of federal research funding. Simply stated, more money is needed to help researchers identify better treatments and a cure for this disease.
I am participating in the Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk because the Lustgarten Foundation is the nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research. Now, thanks to Cablevision Systems Corporation’s commitment to underwrite the Foundation’s administrative expenses, 100% of every dollar donated to The Lustgarten Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
Please support me in the Walk by donating below. Help ensure that pancreatic cancer patients have a fighting chance. My family and I thank you for your support.
Donate here: http://2014BrooklynWalk.kintera.org/wthomasadkins