Hope. Passion. A fighting spirit. You can see this in Anne Montgomery’s extraordinary zest for life—and her extraordinary fight against pancreatic cancer.
She goes skiing in Aspen, Colo., and Alta, Utah, goes on walks, hikes and has many biking adventures.
Anne is also a 26-year pancreatic cancer survivor and passionate advocate for research.
“I was diagnosed in 1991 when not a lot was known about pancreatic cancer,” Anne said. “I was aware of how extensive and invasive the operation would be, but there were really no resources available aside from the doctors. It was a whole different world back then. I’m very grateful to be a survivor.”
A few years later, she ended up researching the disease through the internet. Around this time, she also learned about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s work to advance research.
“My first experience with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was attending the second annual ‘Evening with the Stars’ gala,” Anne said. “I was very impressed with the amount of money being raised for research and to fight this disease.”
Anne has been a dedicated supporter of the cause ever since. She is not only a committed donor, but has participated in a local community support group for pancreatic cancer patients for 15 years.
As a survivor and active member of the support group, she knows research funding is critical to improving outcomes.
“My husband and I see a need for funding and for the survival statistics to increase. Where there have been great achievements for certain cancers, there has been extensive research funding. Without research we will not have scientific advancements. This is critical for pancreatic cancer,” Anne said. “There is so much to be done for people, not only on the research front, but also in the areas of improving resources, support and counseling.”
The message of hope is super important to Anne, and she continues to live each day with hope and a fighting spirit. She encourages survivors to have the same hopeful positive outlook.
“Having hope is important. I encourage people to research the disease like crazy, but make sure to check the sources, get out there and push themselves as much as they can. Look for ways to find support.”
“My fervent wish is that other survivors have the same outcome as I have had.”
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