Over the past 48 hours, hundreds of pancreatic cancer advocates, including nearly 100 survivors, took Washington, D.C., by storm to make their voices heard as they advocated for increased cancer research funding during Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) National Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day.
While their reasons for attending were different, their pleas were the same: Demand Better. For Patients. For Survival. For Breakthroughs.
As a sea of “purple people” took to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress, PanCAN leaders, including president and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, participated in media interviews to raise awareness of the disease and to ensure cancer research funding remains a national priority.
Here are a few highlights from those interviews:
- CBS News: National news anchors Vladimir Duthiers and Anne-Marie Green spoke with Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, and six-year pancreatic cancer survivor Camille Moses about the need for increased cancer research funding.
- ABC News: Pancreatic cancer survivors who brought their fight to Capitol Hill received national attention from ABC News.
- C-SPAN Radio: Fleshman and Steve Scully spoke on C-SPAN Radio about why pancreatic cancer is the world’s toughest cancer and how PanCAN is advocating for increased federal funding for cancer research.
- WUSA-9: Survivor Camille Moses, joined by PanCAN’s Associate Director of Community Engagement Kevin Sims, explained to “Off Script on 9” how doctors told her to get her affairs in order. That was six years ago.
- Gray DC: A father of seven speaks about the importance of Advocacy Day because for him, it’s not just about saving his own life, it’s also about surviving so his children have their dad around.
- Nebraska Radio Network: PanCAN volunteer Melinda Thatch explained why federal funding is so important in the fight to end pancreatic cancer. The reason -- 80 percent of all research dollars come from the federal government.
- Daily Mail: Moses detailed her fight against pancreatic cancer to the United Kingdom-based publication. She also explained why it was important for her to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to ask them for more funding for pancreatic cancer research.
- Cape Gazette: Matt Wilson, a 36-year-old, seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor, details why he supports PanCAN’s life saving mission to improve patient outcomes to this Delaware publication.
“Last February, I lost my father to pancreatic cancer and this year was my first Father’s Day without him. I am grateful for the opportunity to join with these Americans from every state this morning and I join them in urging my colleagues to consider this year investing more in research to end the scourge of pancreatic cancer.” – Sen. Chris Coons (Del.) said before the Senate and President Trump on Tuesday.
Prior to his speech before his peers and the president, Coons spoke to a room of PanCAN advocates to motivate and encourage them before heading to Capitol Hill to with their own state representatives.
“Imagine a world where your loved ones are still with us or are not suffering from a disease where only 9 percent live beyond five years,” said Coons to Advocacy Day attendees. “That’s happened in lots of other diseases. It can happen with pancreatic cancer.”
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