The Rhode Island Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, is raising awareness about the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November.
“Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest cancers in our country with a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent. Volunteers with the Rhode Island Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are doing their part in helping to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in its bold new goal to double the survival rate for pancreatic cancer by 2020,” said Shena Hamel, Affiliate coordinator. “The Rhode Island Affiliate is intensifying its efforts to raise awareness in the community, host fundraising events and contact our elected officials to gain support for the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/ H.R. 733). But, we need help. We need more members of the community to join our efforts and volunteer for progress. Together we can know, fight and end this deadly disease.”
All members of the community are invited to participate in the following activities during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month:
• PurpleLight – On Nov. 20, the Rhode Island Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will join thousands of people across the country to participate in one of over 45 PurpleLight Vigil for Hope events. To register and submit the name you would like read during the ceremony, visit www.purplelight.org.
• Tempur-Pedic 2011 Hugs Back Campaign – During the month of November, Tempur-Pedic has committed to contribute $10 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for every individual who tests a Tempur-Pedic mattress at a participating authorized retailer. To find a retailer, visit www.tempurpedichugsback.com.
• Z Gallerie Awareness Month Shopping Weekend – In memory of Shirley Zeiden, mother of the company’s founders, Z Gallerie will donate 10 percent of sales from Nov. 5 to 7. Shop or find a store near you at www.zgallerie.com.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Rhode Island Affiliate, visit www.knowitfightitendit.org.