Front, left to right: Dr. Yolonda Spooner and Bertha Howard. Back, left to right: Sgt. Elvin Howard, Jr., Dr. Peter Bostick, Wendell Mack, Veronica Howard Sizer, Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, and Edward Ball, Jr
Elvin Howard, Sr. Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy FoundationÂ (PCAF)Â was founded in theÂ fall of 2016 after several meetings by founding members Bertha Howard, Sgt. Elvin Howard, Jr.,Â MonteicÂ A. Sizer, PhD,Â andÂ attorney Veronica Howard Sizer.Â It was formed to honor the memory of Elvin Howard, Sr., a devoted husband, father, grandfather, family man and Christian.Â HowardÂ was misdiagnosed and treated for diabetes several months prior to being diagnosed withÂ pancreaticÂ cancer.
Elvin Howard, Sr. PCAFÂ was formed to reduce pancreatic cancer deaths and family hardships byÂ raisingÂ awareness of pancreatic cancerÂ through supporting research, pancreatic cancer survivors, their caregivers and families of color.
The organizationÂ supported legislation in Louisiana that will now make it possible for people battling metastatic cancer to gain access to the best and newest treatment options available.Â Additionally,Â the organization hasÂ partnered with Let’s Win! to help getÂ leading-edge research and clinical trial information to African Americans and communities of color.Â AÂ mutual messaging campaign in Louisiana and across the countryÂ is also planned inÂ theÂ coming months.
For Elvin Howard, Sr. PCAF, World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC) members are serving as key allies for the organization as it seeks to bring greater awareness and treatment options to African Americans and communities of color throughout the United States.
This is critically important due to the disproportionate rate of pancreatic cancer found in the African American community. Dr.Â Monteic A.Â Sizer,Â the organizationâ€™sÂ national representative, leadsÂ itsÂ work with Let’s Win! and recently providedÂ insight and valuable information to WPCCÂ in regard toÂ its upcoming messaging and public awareness campaign.Â HeÂ is also leading discussionsÂ aboutÂ how the organization might partnerÂ with the GENERATE Study, funded by StandUp2Cancer and theÂ LustgartenÂ Foundation.Â The organization isÂ alsoÂ discussing with the Pancreatic Cancer Action NetworkÂ ways to reach the African American community.
Of these collaborations, Sizer said, â€œWe are better and more effective together.â€