Nearly $3 million in pancreatic cancer research funding awarded in 2011.

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Pancreatic Cancer Information
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An Educational Event in Seattle
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Advocacy Day: Register Today
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April 29.
2011 Grants Recipients Announced
Nearly $3 million in research grants are awarded to 10 scientists nationwide.
A Philanthropic Mother's Day
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Research and Scientific Affairs
A Pancreatic Cancer Action Network researcher shows that a common malaria drug could be used to treat pancreatic cancer.
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April is National Volunteer Month
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Creating a
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A Message from the President and CEO

Since the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was formed in 1999, we have led the way in transforming the pancreatic cancer community by heightening awareness of the disease, dramatically increasing research efforts and developing support services for all of those affected by it. Many of these accomplishments have been due to the contributions of thousands of our volunteers, who we are pleased to recognize during April, which is National Volunteer Month.

If you are one of our volunteers around the country, you are already aware of the many rewards that come with such service. These include the sense of camaraderie you feel joining other supporters of a cause you feel passionate about, opportunities to develop new skills, and the empowerment that comes from becoming part of a large movement destined to change the course of history for a leading cancer killer.

This month, we hope you will share your enthusiasm about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network with your friends and family members and encourage them to support us with their time and talents as well.

Whether someone has just a few minutes to contribute or is interested in a more extensive commitment, many options are available to volunteer to fight pancreatic cancer locally and nationally. Opportunities are available through our more than 70 affiliates nationwide or by simply using a computer from the comfort of home. To find out more, click here.

Last month, I had the pleasure of joining many of our volunteer leaders at an event I look forward to each year. From messages I received afterward, it seems that many of those who attended our ninth annual Community Outreach Leadership Training (COLT) conference, held in Dallas from March 25 to 27, enjoyed it just as much.

The annual event, which offers volunteers training on how to become more effective and skilled in their roles as leading supporters, also allows us to acknowledge the incredible contributions this dedicated group of people make to our organization.

Highlights of the gathering, which attracted more than 300 volunteers and staff members, included the participation of our organization spokesperson Lisa Niemi Swayze in the weekend's proceedings, as well as a touching PurpleLight presentation held to honor those who we have lost to the disease and the tens of thousands who are now fighting it. Attendees also learned more about "The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020" initiative and what it means to their local volunteer efforts.

If you already serve as one of our volunteers, we remain deeply grateful for all that you do to enable us to continue fulfilling our far-reaching mission. If you are considering a volunteer opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you into our philanthropic family.


Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA
President and CEO
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


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