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The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Celebrates 10 Years of Leadership and Service to the Pancreatic Cancer Community
Date:2/9/2009

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the only national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, celebrates ten years of progress and service to the pancreatic cancer community.

Since its inception in February 1999, the organization has grown from a small patient advocacy organization with one employee to a nationally recognized leader in the fight against the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States with more than 50 employees and two offices: a headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., and a Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C.

"The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network grew out of frustration about the lack of useful resources available ten years ago for those facing pancreatic cancer and their families," stated Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "Since that time, the organization has made tremendous progress in advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope. We are proud of the extent of services we now provide for patients and their families. We look forward to continued advancements towards a cure for this devastating disease."

Highlights over the past decade include:

  • To date, nearly $5 million in research grants will have been awarded to 50 scientists around the country. Our Career Development Awards have helped to build a team of scientists dedicated to pancreatic cancer research and our Pilot Grants are helping to develop new and innovative ideas in research.
  • Through the years, our advocacy efforts have resulted in an increase of more than $55 million in federal research dollars for pancreatic cance
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