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The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Mourns The Loss of Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch

Saturday, July 26, 2008 General News J E 4
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 25 The Pancreatic Cancer ActionNetwork (http://www.pancan.org), the only national organization creating hopein a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreachand advocacy for a cure, is deeply saddened by the loss of Carnegie MellonUniversity Professor Dr. Randy Pausch. During his nearly two year battle withpancreatic cancer, he helped raise awareness of the disease and the urgentneed for additional funding for pancreatic cancer research.

"The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network offers its condolences to the Pauschfamily and all who were inspired by his life and 'last lecture'," statedPresident and CEO, Julie Fleshman. "Our organization is eternally grateful forhis advocacy efforts and we will continue to carry his message forward as wefight this terrible disease."

Dr. Pausch gave a face to pancreatic cancer, the most under-recognized ofall leading cancer killers, by speaking out publicly. In March, he testifiedon behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to the U.S. House ofRepresentative's Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health andHuman Services, Education Related Agencies. In his powerful and emotionaltestimony he reiterated the urgent to need increase federal funding forpancreatic cancer research and said, "People in research labs can domiraculous things if they're given the resources to do their jobs," a point hecontinued to make in a public service announcement for the organization.

Current federal funding for pancreatic cancer research is fatally slow. Toaddress this disparity the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, joined by Dr.Pausch in January 2008, launched Raise the Cure, an unprecedented initiativethat combines a commitment to raise $25 million in private funding with a callfor the federal government to devote more attention and resources to finding acure and treatments for pancreatic cancer. The federal component of the plan,called The National Plan to Advance Pancreatic Cancer Research, was developedby the organization's esteemed Scientific Advisory Board, and is a detailedblueprint of the research and federal resources required to make true inroadsin this disease.

"Dr. Pausch raised public awareness and visibility on Capitol Hill that isunparalleled," added Fleshman. "He has helped change the course of history forthis disease and blazed a new trail for our advocates and volunteers to carryhis legacy forward."

To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, visithttp://www.pancan.org.

About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the only national organizationcreating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support,community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money fordirect private funding of research -- and advocates for more aggressivefederal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis andtreatment of pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information andoptions by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized informationthey need to make informed decisions. We create a sense of hope and communityso no one has to face pancreatic cancer alone. The organization helps supportindividuals and communities all across the country work together to raiseawareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Julie Fleshmanhttp://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=75525

SOURCE Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
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