Your life changes when you lose a loved one to pancreatic cancer. Jack Nicklaus, Volunteer for Progress for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, lost his father Charles to pancreatic cancer when he was just 56 years old. Jack’s Uncle Frank passed from the same disease later on. The five-year survival rate remains at just six percent-the same frightening statistic that has not changed in 40 years. Because of the history of the disease in his family, Jack became a Volunteer for Progress with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
November 1- November 30, 2011 is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. From the day the Volunteer for Progress Program began on October 4, 2011 until November 30, 2011, an estimated 6,996 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The goal is for 6,996 people to sign up and become Volunteers for Progress to make sure that for every person diagnosed with the disease, there is one person fighting in their honor.
As a Volunteer for Progress, you can become a hero in the fight against pancreatic cancer. During November, you can also participate in the PurpleLight Vigil for Hope remembrance day that will take place nationwide. For more information on the PurpleLight Vigil for Hope and how you can Volunteer for Progress, please visit www.knowitfightitendit.org.
Roughly 120 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each day. These are people we cherish. They are the reason we must make progress against this deadly disease, a disease with a five-year survival of just 6 percent.