Natalie Sabga with her children, Amanda and Matthew, at The HOPE Gala fundraiser in February 2018 for the John E. Sabga Foundation.
The John E. Sabga (JES) Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer was founded in November 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago by Natalie Sabga, through deep sadness at the loss of her husband after a very short battle with pancreatic cancer.
It was through their relentless journey in search of a cure that the Sabgas realized the importance of research and the need for clinical trials. Since its inception and through its public awareness campaign, the JES Foundation has come to learn of the alarmingly high rate of pancreatic cancer on the islands.
Much more education is therefore needed and we continue to educate our medical fraternity and citizens about the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer, so earlier detection can be achieved.
This is an ongoing awareness project with billboard displays and continuous media coverage. The initial goal of the JES Foundation is to raise $1,000,000 (U.S.) to fund the John Sabga study.
“We are honored and privileged to partner with the world renowned ‘Giant in Cancer Care,’ Dr. Daniel Von Hoff and the Translational Genomics Research institute (TGen) on this effort,” said Natalie Sabga. “We also look forward, since joining the WPCC, to the wealth of knowledge that comes from its members and are excited to be able to exchange information and resources with so many prestigious organizations, all of whom are dedicated and committed to finding a cure. We are excited to join our fellow WPCC members in November 2018 with the ‘Demand Better’ campaign and will blitz our Facebook page as well as all the cinema screens on the island with the video.”