In 2009, Rhonda Williams established the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation following the tragic loss of a family member to pancreatic cancer. This unfortunate event highlighted the insufficient awareness and funding dedicated to pancreatic cancer. Recognizing the pressing need for enhanced support and research for this form of cancer, the foundation aimed to ensure better care and resources for future patients facing pancreatic cancer diagnoses.
They have four main goals:
1. Direct Financial Assistance: They offer up to three months of financial aid to assist families with rent and utilities during their challenging journey with pancreatic cancer.
2. Research for Early Detection and Alternative Modalities: They prioritize funding research initiatives aimed at early detection methods and exploring alternative and integrative approaches to pancreatic cancer treatment.
3. Educational Awareness: Raising awareness about pancreatic cancer is a crucial aspect of their mission. We strive to educate the public about the disease, its risk factors, and the importance of early detection.
4. Patient Advocacy: Their organization actively advocates for the rights and well-being of pancreatic cancer patients, working towards better access to quality care and support services.
Currently, they are working on educating both patients and physicians on the utilization of not only conventional treatments but also alternative options that address the holistic well-being of the mind, body, and soul in the management of pancreatic cancer.
Their primary goal this next year is to raise awareness among those who may be unfamiliar with pancreatic cancer until a diagnosis affects them or their loved ones. They aim to educate not only patients but also physicians about the potential benefits of exploring alternative treatments to extend survival rates. Empowering medical professionals to conduct research on alternative therapies is a crucial aspect of their mission.
To learn more about National Pancreatic cancer Foundation, visit their Member Page