Thank You for Visiting Our Fundraising Page for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network!
We will be kicking off National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Puget Sound Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Walk on November 1, 2009.
This event is especially meaningful to us as we are walking and fundraising in memory of our beloved Mom and Granny—Rachel Liukko—who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in October of 2006.
This amazing woman was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, and a friend. Smart, funny, kind, vivacious, and charming, she was the type of person whom it was nearly impossible not to adore upon first meeting. She held her loved ones close and cared for them unconditionally with all of her heart and soul.
The door to her home was always open to family and friends, and her smile was often brightest when her table was crowded, and conversation and laughter filled the air.
She taught all of us close to her to be generous, caring, and to remind the people that we love how much they mean to us. She inspired creativity and a belief in oneself. She shared her passionate love of nature, cooking, reading, gardening, sewing, learning, crafting, and creating a warm and welcoming home with us all.
The true heart of our family, her absence is felt every day. We are extremely proud to be able to honor her by walking in her memory during this event.
Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most common cancer, and the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all the major cancers: 95% of patients die within five years of diagnosis and only 5% survive more than five years. 76% of patients with pancreatic cancer die within the first year of diagnosis.*
At the start of 2009, the American Cancer Society estimated that within the year 42,470 Americans would be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 35,240 would die from the disease.*
At this time, little is known about risk factors, there are no early detection methods, and extremely limited treatment options. Because of the lack of early detection, we lost our loved one only a little more than two months after her diagnosis.
Research is desperately needed to help fight this aggressive disease. Independently funded research is more important than ever, after several years of lackluster increases in funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) by the Bush Administration.
Donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network go to fund their numerous programs which encompass research, advocacy, patient and liaison services, and community outreach.
Donating through this website is simple, fast, and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts. (If you would like to sponsor us, but do not feel comfortable doing so online, please e-mail: RacingForRachel@Yahoo.com for other options).
Many thanks for your support—and please feel free to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
*Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2009. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2009.