UPDATE: July 25, 2009
July 25, 2009 marked the one year anniversary of the passing of Randy Pausch. On behalf of Jai and others who have suffered heart-rending losses to this horrible disease, I wish to humbly thank all of you around the world who have contributed so generously to this worthy cause in Randy's memory. It is with both sadness for our loss and with joyful celebration that we recognize and honor the inspirational gifts that Randy left to millions around the world. I feel personally honored to have known Randy. I am inspired on a daily basis by the millions of people he never met, yet touched so deeply and profoundly. The world may have to live on without Randy Pausch, but his memory and inspirational footprint will remain in our hearts and minds.
I invite you to join me in paying tribute to Randy’s legacy on this anniversary, with a gift in his memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network through this site. Please continue to leave your warm wishes here with your gifts, as they really mean a lot to Jai and Randy's children.
With warm regards and sincere gratitude,
In case you are new to "the adventure" as he referred to it, Dr. Randy Pausch, a Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered an incredibly inspirational "Last Lecture" on achieving your childhood dreams that has become a worldwide phenomenon due to its positive themes and Randy's moral authority to deliver it: his almost unbelievable bravery, dignity, and humility in the face of his terminal pancreatic cancer. Watch The Last Lecture here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo (apologies in advance if the link moves).
Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008 by Time Magazine, this site has been established as a way for his friends, family, and the literally millions of ordinary people around the world that Randy has inspired with his good humor, tireless optimism and commitment to live life to the fullest, to say "thank you" and more than that, to ensure that Randy's legacy will ease the burden of future generations.
FACT: Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate and is the most underfunded of all major cancers. It is also the only cancer on which virtually no progress has been made in the past 30 years. 75% of pancreatic cancer patients die within 12 months of the initial diagnosis and less than 5% survive for five years. The only way to change these dismal statistics is to raise as much money as possible for research.
In March of 2008, Randy used his newly found and unintentional celebrity to deliver compelling and heart-rending testimony before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (L-HHS) on behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The message that Randy so eloquently expressed was the urgent need for implementation of The National Plan to Advance Pancreatic Cancer Research, part of the RAISE THE CURE initiative for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, that represents the federal government’s part in making scientific progress in this disease. Watch his testimony here http://pancan.org/Public/video_pausch_testimony.html.
Randy's emotional testimony included acknowledgement that this horrible disease tends to have a genetic link and that he believes significant progress is possible in his children's lifetimes with adequate funding today.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has made a commitment to raise $25 million to fund research over the next three years from private donors. Randy said, “We can beat it if we give a lot of smart people the money to do their jobs”. Let’s honor our incredibly courageous and inspirational friend Randy whose words and deeds moved so many, with our commitment to raise as much of that $25 million as possible!
Thank you for your support.
(By the way, if you are unable or would prefer not to use this online system, you may send a check to PanCAN as follows:
Payable to: PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Attn: Randy Pausch Inspirational Tribute (this is important)
1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Toll Free (877) 272-6226 or (310) 725-0025