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Lisa Niemi Swayze And The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Join More Than 160 Organizations In Asking Congress To Protect Medical Research Funding
Date:9/17/2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will join more than 160 organizations on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2013 to call on Congress to protect federal funding for medical research.  Special guest Lisa Niemi, Chief Ambassador of Hope at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, will be among the attendees.  Her husband, actor Patrick Swayze, lost his life to pancreatic cancer in September 2009.

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"I am honored to join advocates from across the country in our united fight to preserve life-saving federal funding for biomedical research," said Lisa Niemi Swayze.  "My husband displayed tremendous strength and courage in his own fight against cancer, and raised his voice about the importance of funding for the National Institutes of Health before his death.  It is my honor to continue his fight, particularly given that last week was the four year anniversary of his passing.  I am determined to make sure that others will have a better prognosis."

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a sponsor of the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, which is organized by the American Association for Cancer Research.  This Capitol Hill event is a part of the Rally for Medical Research initiative, which drew more than 10,000 people to Washington in April 2013 to raise awareness about recent cuts to the budgets of the (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Swayze will be joined by representatives of and advocates for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, including Julie Fleshman, President and CEO and Laurie MacCaskill, the organization's newly-named Chair o
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