November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

To the Editor:

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and I am urging our community to join the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to Wage Hope in the fight against the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Our pancreatic cancer community is made up of volunteers, advocates, survivors and caregivers; all trailblazers who are fighting for progress no matter what it takes. It means we never surrender in our pursuit to change patient outcomes. It means the five-year survival rate at just 6 percent must change. We must Wage Hope in the battle against pancreatic cancer.

Six years ago I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer just 6 weeks after diagnosis. I understand firsthand the urgent need to Wage Hope for all those diagnosed with this very difficult disease. On November 13th and throughout the month of November I will join the New Hampshire Community of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, by wearing purple with a purpose to honor my mother and those who have been affected by this disease.

Please visit and join us in our efforts to Wage Hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Kathleen H. Parker