February 2, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TEMPUR-PEDIC® RAISES $ 500,000 FOR THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK
EL SEGUNDO, CA – (February 2, 2010) – The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network received a $500,000 donation from Tempur-Pedic Monday night, concluding its 2009 Tempur-Pedic Hugs Back campaign. The contribution is a result of sales of a limited version of the company’s popular My Tempur-Pedic Teddy Bear® by Tempur-Pedic and participating retailers.
Jason Kuhn, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was presented the check from Tempur-Pedic International CEO Mark Sarvary and Tempur-Pedic North America President Rick Anderson at the Las Vegas Market. During the presentation, Tempur-Pedic also announced plans for a second campaign this fall to benefit the organization.
“We are grateful for the extraordinary efforts by Tempur-Pedic and their retail partners around the country to help raise the visibility of pancreatic cancer and the urgent need for research funding,” stated Kuhn. “The generous contribution made by Tempur-Pedic will help us to fund innovative research into early detection methods and effective treatment options currently lacking for patients. We are grateful for their continued support of our mission to advance research, support patients and create hope for the pancreatic cancer community.”
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers with a five year survival rate of just 5 percent. According to the American Cancer Society, this year, more than 42,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and over 35,000 will die from the disease.
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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