July 7, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAI PAUSCH JOINS THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EL SEGUNDO, CA – (July 7, 2009) – 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, today announced Jai Pausch has joined the organization’s board of directors, effective immediately. Pausch is a 42-year-old widow with three young, active children. Her husband, Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Professor and co-author of The Last Lecture, died of pancreatic cancer in July 2008 after a nearly two year battle with the disease.
“Our board members are excited to be working with Jai and welcome her to our team,” stated Jason Kuhn, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Chairman of the Board. “She is very passionate about our cause and will be an asset to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as we move forward to advance research, support patients and create hope.”
“I am honored to join the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network board of directors,” Pausch said. “After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Randy became an outspoken advocate dedicated to increasing awareness and research funding of this terrible disease. I am dedicated as a board member to continue his efforts and make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer.”
Prior to being a stay-at-home mother, Pausch lead the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science Web team as the Director of Electronic Publications. Prior positions include Outreach Coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Computer Science. She holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from North Carolina State University, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before leaving graduate school she successfully passed her Ph.D. exams in Comparative Literature.
The Pausch family lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Pausch was appointed to the board of directors along with Peter Kovler and Laurie MacCaskill. They join president and CEO, Julie Fleshman and members Stephanie Davis, Tim Ennis, Dr. Stevan Holmberg, and Cynthia Stroum.
About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the only national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information and options by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized information they need to make informed decisions. We create a sense of hope and community so no one has to face pancreatic cancer alone. The organization helps support individuals and communities all across the country to work together to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
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