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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those afflicted by pancreatic cancer.
Telephone: 310-725-0025

CFC Code: 10607
IRS EIN Number: 33-0841281
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Maija EerkesI celebrated a joyfully anticipated retirement in December 2005, looking forward to spending much of the winter skiing in Sun Valley and having fun with friends. During our 10-hour drive to Sun Valley in January, I complained to my husband, Al, that our next SUV needed to have more comfortable seats for long drives. I just couldn’t get my back in a comfortable position. In the coming weeks, I found myself popping ibuprofen more frequently, adequately addressing the discomfort in my back and chest. This “remedy” remained in place for several months.

$6 can train a volunteer advocate to speak up for research funding on Capitol Hill.

$11 can support a recently diagnosed patient with free educational materials.

$32 can give free one-on-one support to someone facing pancreatic.

$48 can support a local volunteer affiliate’s ability to fight pancreatic cancer today.

Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a national leader in the fight against pancreatic cancer. With a volunteer presence in more than 90 communities across the country, this network of supporters works together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Since 2003, we have awarded 94 research grants totaling nearly $18 million. In addition to growing the field of investigators focused on pancreatic cancer, this funding answers important scientific questions and helps foster collaboration across disciplines and institutions.

Government Affairs & Advocacy
With an office in Washington D.C., we educate elected officials about pancreatic cancer and the need to increase federal research funding dedicated to studying the disease. Our advocacy efforts have helped to increase funding for pancreatic cancer research from the National Cancer Institute from just over $17 million in 1999 to nearly $105 million in 2012, an $87.5 million increase.

On January 2, 2013, President Obamasignedinto law landmark legislation that will help advance pancreatic cancer research. TheRecalcitrant Cancer Research Actwill create a scientific framework for accelerating progress and improving patient outcomes. Passage of this bill was due in large part to the hundreds of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network volunteers and supporters across the country, whose extraordinary efforts to create awareness and advocate in their communities created the momentum needed for Congress to act.

Patient Services
Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) connects patients and their families with dedicated, highly trained staff who provide comprehensive information and resources about the disease, including treatment options, clinical trials, and diet, all free of charge. As of 2013, more than 70,000 individuals have been served by the PALS program.

Community Outreach
We support volunteers across the country who help raise the national visibility of pancreatic cancer through local events, distribution of information about our patient services to hospitals and doctors’ offices, contacting the media and educating elected officials about the need for increased federal research funding.

Donor & Corporate Relations
We work with companies and individuals to create hope. Their generous investment in our mission allows us to expand our services, advance innovative research and move science toward a cure.



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