May 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK ELECTS STUART RICKERSON, A FIVE YEAR PANCREATIC CANCER SURVIVOR, TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – (May 11, 2010) – 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 Stuart Rickerson has joined the organization’s board of directors effective immediately.
Rickerson graduated with honors from Princeton University and took his law degree from the Georgetown University. He has 25 years experience as an executive and corporate legal officer in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries and is recognized as a leader in board and corporate governance, performance-based executive compensation and using the legal process to achieve strategic business and competitive advantage. He has served on several publicly-traded NYSE and NASDAQ boards during his career. Rickerson helped lead the business, financial and cultural transformation of ALARIS Medical Systems, the leading innovator in medication management instruments to reduce medication errors, with offices in San Diego and England.
“Stuart’s voice as a survivor, along with his extensive background as a business executive, will be a valuable addition to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network board of directors,” stated Jason Kuhn, Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to working with him to ensure progress is made against pancreatic cancer.”
“Since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005 and subsequently forced into retirement, my focus has been to increase research funding into identifying the causes, and improving the diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of patients with this disease,” stated Stuart Rickerson. “Although pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in America, it receives far less research funding than other leading cancers. I hope to help change the course of this disease through this new role with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.”
In 2009, over 42,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and over 35,000 died from the disease. Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which the survival rate has not substantially improved over the past 30 years. In fact, 76 percent of patients die with the first year of diagnosis and only 5 percent will survive more than five years.
Rickerson is also a co-founder of two endowment boards associated with Princeton University, where both he and his wife, Nancy, graduated. They live in Rancho Santa Fe, California with their 11 year old child. Rickerson also serves on the board of a “no strings attached” memorial scholarship for graduating seniors who demonstrate their exceptional character and ability to maintain a positive attitude while overcoming significant adversity at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ, from which he graduated.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, visit www.pancan.org.
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 work together to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
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