Proclamation raises awareness
Pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones cannot wait any longer. It is essential that we make research into pancreatic cancer a priority in this country so that real progress can be made toward better treatment options, early detection, and a cure.
I am a volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Washington, and am helping to accomplish that goal by introducing an Everett, Washington and Snohomish County Proclamation that recognizes November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2007, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer. I was treated at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership in Everett. I am very lucky to be one of the six percent to survive after five years.
The proclamation also calls on Congress to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. The bill has overwhelming bi-partisan support. It is essential that this legislation pass this year. The proclamation will raise awareness about his devastating disease and encourage our elected officials to make fighting pancreatic cancer a priority. We must support our fellow citizens who have been afflicted by this disease and advocate for greater awareness and more resources to fight pancreatic cancer.