Today we share a recent conversation with Anggie Becorest, a 20-year pancreatic cancer survivor, about what she does to Wage Hope Together during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month. Learn what you can do to recognize November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month in your community!
Anggie, tell us how you celebrate Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.
November is a very significant month for me. This year, Nov. 17 marks my 20-year anniversary as a pancreatic cancer survivor! Every November I reflect back on my journey and feel very blessed and thankful to be one of the 8 percent.
What does it mean to you, as a survivor, to have so many people in this country (and around the world) Wage Hope Together to raise awareness for the disease?
I’m amazed at how many more people are working together to raise awareness and funds. There is strength in numbers…the more people we can reach, the faster we will be able to change the statistics.
Have you participated in November awareness-related activities in the past? If so, what have you done?
As Affiliate Chair for the San Diego Affiliate, I’ve participated in our annual media push to get our local newscasters to wear purple on World Pancreatic Cancer Day. The Media Relations Chair and I spend three days going to every local news station to speak to the news staff and anchors (we come bearing gifts – purple baked treats!). By doing this, we’ve been able to schedule on-air interviews that have been broadcast locally. We’ve also been able to get many San Diego landmarks and buildings to light up purple in November and we encourage our affiliate to wear purple every day for the month of November and post to social media to spread the word.
How are you recognizing World Pancreatic Cancer Day this year?
I’ll be decked out from head to toe in purple and will be serving purple pancakes at work! The homes in my cul-de-sac will be decorated in purple lights!