Pancreatic Cancer: A Cause Close to My Heart

Pancreatic Cancer is the reason I chose the accent color purple for my website.

Purple is the color for pancreatic cancer awareness. I did this for the same reason I wrote a memoir.

Biography of a Friendship is meant to help other women, two friends like us. My friend needed a cure, but there was no cure. There is still no cure. Yet, there are inspiring stories of survival.

With no symptoms until Stage IV, a pancreatic cancer diagnosis is shattering news. Research is marching on, but it needs our help to stop it in its silent tracks.

I support PanCAN's  PurpleStride—The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Walk/Run to End Pancreatic Cancer—because PanCAN's mission is "to create a world in which all patients with pancreatic cancer will thrive." PanCAN does this through groundbreaking programs such as Precision Promise and Know Your Tumor, a personalized treatment instead of a clinical research study of a group of patients. It also supports patients and loved ones 'every step of the way.'

PanCAN's website facilitates the understanding of the medical and psychological journey that is pancreatic cancer.

Unless a life-threatening illness strikes a loved one, we don’t relate to the urgency of finding a cure...


What About Pancreatic Cancer? - Marie-Claude Arnott

“There’s a feeling of family [at PanCAN]. It’s not just a job for its staff, it’s their mission.  Anything I can do to further PanCAN’s mission, I will.”

Steve, & Cheryl Kole PanCAN PurpleStride Silicon Valley Team Captain - Grant Donors - Interview Giving is a Family Affair by Andrea Salazar, Sept. 2020

There can be no reason for me to stop. No matter what pain I suffer, it is nothing compared to the pain of those who have cancer, of those who endure treatment." 

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope - Bringing Canadians together to realize Terry Fox’s dream of a world without cancer.

"I wish I had known earlier that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer."

Alex Trebek Former pancreatic cancer survivor - The Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer Alex Trebek Wanted You to Know,