Editor’s note: Our “Year in Review” series recapping the year’s top stories in pancreatic cancer research, national news, volunteer contributions and more, continues today with the top media highlights of 2018. See more of 2018’s most notable stories on the PanCAN blog .
In 2018, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) continued to drive awareness of the world’s toughest cancer through news coverage in print, online and broadcast media outlets. Below are some top highlights from this year.
PanCAN garnered much media exposure across the nation for PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, in 2018. From national coverage to local market feature stories, they included:
- Forbes: As Mobile and Digital Fundraisers Expand, Charity Walks Keep Striding Forward
- CBS Los Angeles: PurpleStride Raising Awareness for Pancreatic Cancer
- CBS Cleveland: PurpleStride Cleveland: Shaker Heights Native Shares Why He’s Walking to End Pancreatic Cancer
National Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day in June 2018 saw hundreds of pancreatic cancer advocates, including nearly 100 survivors, descend upon Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators regarding the need for further pancreatic cancer research funding.
- ABC News: Survivors of Pancreatic Cancer Bring Their Fight to Capitol Hill
- CBS News: “No One Else Should Be Told Go Home and Die”: A Call for More Pancreatic Cancer Research
- C-SPAN Radio: C-SPAN Radio Hosts Julie Fleshman | Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
In August, the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, passed of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. During this time, PanCAN was a valuable resource for media looking to explain the disease that took the musical legend.
- USA Today: Soul Legend Aretha Franklin had Pancreatic Cancer, One of the Most Deadly Forms
- Huffington Post: Aretha Franklin Died Of A Deadly Cancer That Gets Little Attention
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A Final Farewell To Aretha Franklin After Her Death To Pancreatic Cancer
November was Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, and specifically on World Pancreatic Cancer Day (Nov. 15), PanCAN used media coverage to garner awareness and “Demand Better. For Patients. For Survival.”
- ABC News: Pancreatic Cancer, a Silent Killer?
- CBS News: Why Pancreatic Cancer is so Deadly and Early Symptoms Hard to Spot
- ABC New York: Up Close: Pancreatic Cancer
PanCAN’s Leadership Team
Members of the PanCAN leadership team were in the news often this year as well, providing expert opinions and thought leadership on various topics from new drug approvals to diet and nutrition for cancer patients.
- The Atlantic’s People vs. Cancer: Personalized Medicine to Treat Cancer
- Features PanCAN President and Chief Executive Officer, Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA
- MedicalResearch.com: Lutathera® Approved for Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Pancreas
- Features PanCAN Chief Science Officer, Lynn Matrisian, PhD, MBA
- Reader’s Digest: 12 Foods Cancer Docs Try to Never Eat
- Features PanCAN Chief Medical Officer, Victoria Manax Rutson, MD
Survivor and Volunteer Stories
Throughout the year, PanCAN had the distinct privilege of sharing the inspirational stories of pancreatic cancer survivors, volunteers and donors who constantly remind the PanCAN team of why we do what we do.
- Everyday Health: Pregnant With Pancreatic Cancer: One Woman’s Remarkable Story
- FOX Chicago: Anonymous Donor Gives $1M to Pancreatic Cancer Research
- ABC Baltimore: Annapolis Man Beats Pancreatic Cancer and Is Sailing with the Winds