If you look up collaboration in the dictionary, this is what youâ€™ll get:
1. the action of working with someone to produce or create something.
If you add theÂ World Pancreatic Cancer Coalitionâ€™sÂ (WPCC) commitment to fighting pancreatic cancer on a worldwide level to this definition of â€œcollaboration,â€ this is what youâ€™ll get:
1. the action of pancreatic cancer leaders from 31 countries on six continents atÂ 74 organizations working together to fight the worldâ€™s toughest cancer.
At this yearâ€™s annual WPCC conference, the word â€œcollaborationâ€ was one of the key takeaways for attendees.
â€œOver the course of the two days, we heard from scientific experts and fellow members,â€ wroteÂ Jessica Abelsohn, the co-founder of Australiaâ€™s #PurpleOurWorld. “We spoke about what weâ€™ve all done right over the past couple of years and what we can do better.Â Being way over here in Australia, itâ€™s important for us to feel part of something bigger, and we believe the Coalition provides this. We have always said, right from the beginning, that only by banding together will we beat this disease.â€
#PurpleOurWorld wasÂ among theÂ 40 member organizations from 22 countries and six continents who attended the 2018 WPCC meeting in Coral Gables, Fla. Members like Abelsohn networked and shared global expertise and experience in advocating for pancreatic cancer patients.
This was the third consecutive year global leaders in the pancreatic cancer space have collaborated,Â via panel discussions and workshops, to drive transformational change for those affected by the disease.
â€œWPCC is an incredible opportunity to work together with other organizations across the globe and unite in our fight to end pancreatic cancer,â€Â saidÂ Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, president and CEOÂ of theÂ Pancreatic Cancer Action NetworkÂ (PanCAN) and chair of theÂ WPCC Steering Committee. â€œCollectively, our voices are stronger, allowing us to make greater strides toward changing outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.â€
Every day, more than 1,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; of that, we estimate 985 will die from the disease.
This makes our mission to end the worldâ€™s toughest cancer an urgent one.
â€œWe can more quickly and efficiently improve these statistics by working together,â€ saidÂ Jenny Isaacson, PanCANâ€™s vice president of strategic partnerships and projects and WPCC attendee. â€œThrough global collaboration, Coalition members raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and strengthen the capacity and individual efforts of all member organizations. Our mission is to drive transformational change for all those affected by pancreatic cancer.â€
The next big event on WPCCâ€™s radar isÂ World Pancreatic Cancer DayÂ (WPCD).Â The goal of WPCD is to increase knowledge ofÂ pancreatic cancer symptomsÂ and risks at a worldwide level. While WPCD falls on Nov. 15 this year, attendees agreed â€“ to really combat this disease, their fundraising, awareness, research and advocacy efforts need to be as strong on the other 364 days of the year as they are on WPCD.
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WPCC members extend gratitude to â€œVisionary Sponsorâ€ Celgene, â€œAcceleratorÂ Sponsorsâ€ Novocure and Shire and â€œAlly Sponsorsâ€ Halozyme, Immunovia and Ipsen.