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Volunteers wanted for pancreatic cancer awareness month

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE/RENO and#8212; The Lake Tahoe/Reno volunteers of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, are raising awareness about the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November. Local leaders of the organization invite citizens to Volunteer for Progress by joining efforts to advance research, support patients and create hope for the pancreatic cancer community.

and#8220;Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest cancers in our country with a five year survival rate of just six percent. Local volunteers with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are doing their part in helping to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in its bold new goal to double the survival rate for pancreatic cancer by 2020. They are intensifying efforts to raise awareness in the community, host fundraising events and contact our elected officials to gain support for the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/ H.R. 733),and#8221; said Tahoe/Reno Community Representative Ginnie Jed. and#8220;But, we need help. We need more members of the community to join our efforts and Volunteer for Progress. Together we can know, fight and end this deadly disease.and#8221;

Participate in the following during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month:

Local faces of pancreatic cancer photo display

Photo display during the month of November in Reno, Nev.; Incline Village, Nev. and Truckee to honor those who have fought pancreatic cancer and to celebrate the survivors, while raising community awareness about the disease.

If you have a family member or friend who fought pancreatic cancer and has passed on, please join us by submitting his/her photo and birth/death dates, age at death, and how long the battle lasted from diagnosis, city of residence and a favorite activity or hobby. Please submit by Oct. 20 to gjed@pancanvolunteer.org .

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If your pancreatic cancer friend/family member is one of the few brave survivors, please include the date of the diagnosis and age at that time, city of residence, plus a favorite activity or hobby by Oct. 20 for local Faces of Pancreatic Cancer to gjed@pancanvolunteer.org .

Tempur-Pedic 2011 Hugs Back Campaign: Feel the Difference. Make a Difference.

During the month of November Tempur-Pedic has committed to contribute $10 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for every individual who tests a Tempur-Pedic mattress at a participating authorized retailer. To find a retailer visit http://www.tempurpedic.com

This year, more than 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and nearly 38,000 will die. In fact, 74 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. The survival rate has not substantially improved in 40 years because early detection tools and effective treatments have yet to be developed. Despite these sobering statistics, just two percent of the National Cancer Instituteand#8217;s (NCI) federal research funding is allocated to pancreatic cancer. Once enacted and fully funded, Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/ H.R. 733) will ensure the NCI develops a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for developing early diagnostics and treatment options that will increase the survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients.

Pancreatic cancer has claimed the lives of many public figures, including actor Patrick Swayze, Carnegie Mellon University Professor and author of the Last Lecture, Dr. Randy Pausch, actor Michael Landon, and opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network visit http://www.knowitfightitendit.org.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative and#8212; The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020. Together, we can know, fight and end pancreatic cancer by intensifying our efforts to heighten awareness, raise funds for comprehensive private research, and advocate for dedicated federal research to advance early diagnostics, better treatments and increase chances of survival.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com