Why Giving to a Pancreatic Cancer Association is Critical
Posted: Aug 27, 2014
While not as publicized or well known as other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is poised to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. That’s why pancreatic cancer association groups are working so hard to help researchers fund their work to find better treatment, early detection, and a cure to save lives.
About Pancreatic Cancer
It is estimated that 1 in 78 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in their lifetimes. An alarming 5 percent survival rate over five years, however, makes this particular disease especially deadly. With no solid early diagnostic tools and limited treatment options, this cancer is among the worst in regard to prognosis. Research is working to change all this.
Why Funding is Critical
When money is donated to an association that funds cancer research, donors can anticipate their funding to be used to help those currently living with the condition, or to help researchers in their quest to improve the dismal statistics that surround this disease. The best nonprofit associations have three main goals in mind for funding they receive:
- Research – While much attention has turned to pancreatic cancer research as the rates of morality become more widely known, there is a lot of work to be done. With that in mind, associations seek to fund researchers who are working to develop methods for early detection, treatments, and a cure.
- Awareness – Raising awareness about the disease and the need of patients is a critical function of nonprofits.
- Patient information – Some organizations also offer patient support through educational information and other outreach efforts.
As the rate of diagnosis rises, the need for research funding is critical. The more support made available, the more likely it is major breakthroughs will follow.
The Sandler-Kenner Foundation was started by Gregory A. Echt, M.D. and his wife, Susan T. Echt, after they lost two of their dear friends, Michael and Peter, to premature deaths from pancreatic cancer.
Non-profit organization - The Sandler-Kenner Foundation’s primary focus is to improve survivability of pancreatic cancer patients by developing early identification tools that are highly sensitive, cost effective and easily implemented by medical pra