Blog post courtesy of Pamela Acosta Marquardt, founder of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
At the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, we appreciate every opportunity to shine a spotlight on pancreatic cancer, which has the lowest five-year relative survival rate among all major cancers at just 7 percent.
We’re grateful to glassybaby for giving us such an opportunity.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was founded 16 years ago. I had been devastated by the loss of my mother to pancreatic cancer and couldn’t believe, through my research after her diagnosis, that there was no organization focused on pancreatic cancer. But what I did believe was that it was possible to raise much-needed awareness for the disease and make significant progress toward a cure. I could imagine a group of passionate, committed volunteers, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and other generous contributors coming together to change the course of history for pancreatic cancer.
And today, that is exactly what we are doing.
We have a comprehensive strategy of funding research through private donations, advocating for increased federal research dollars, giving patients who are desperate for information and treatment options access to cutting-edge research, and raising awareness of the disease across communities through our PurpleStride walk/run events.
This strategy is successful because of our supporters – a network that has fueled a powerful and relentless pancreatic cancer movement that allows us to Wage Hope in the fight, and to make progress against the disease.
glassybaby is one of these supporters. glassybaby introduced the lavender “sweet pea” votive in November 2013, during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, with 10 percent of the sale of each one benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. But our relationship with glassybaby goes back to 2010, when some of our passionate volunteers in Seattle introduced us to each other. And since then, we’ve received nearly $15,000 in donations from glassybaby – an impact that is felt among many we’ve served who have been touched by the disease.
Pancreatic cancer is predicted to become the second-leading cause of cancer death by 2020. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has set a goal to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020 – with the help of companies like glassybaby, we will do it.
You, too, can Wage Hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Visit www.wagehope.org today to learn how. When we Wage Hope together, we make progress.
For more information about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and our mission and programs, please visit www.pancan.org or call 877-272-6226.