To the Editor:
Thank you Carrollton Mayor David Flanary and Carroll County Commissioners Thomas Wheaton, Doyle Hawk and Jeffery Ohler for declaring November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and giving your support in this fight against pancreatic cancer.
With their support, I am raising awareness about the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It has been 40 years since the enactment of the 1971 National Cancer Act and over the past decade there has been significant improvement in overall cancer survival rates. Sadly pancreatic cancer survival rates are not reflected in this. In fact this insidious disease has seen an increase of cases and deaths since 1998 and remains the only cancer that still has a five-year survival rate in the single digits at six percent.
My father, George Crim, lived his whole life in Bergholz. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2004 and died in May 2005, a mere five month battle. When I researched this cancer at that time, I was outraged when I learned there was no diagnostic tool, screening test or effective treatment for pancreatic cancer. Seven years later, I am still outraged by the lack of attention and progress made for this lethal cancer. My dad is one of many from the Bergholz/Amsterdam area who have passed away from pancreatic cancer in the past few years. The numbers are quite alarming.
There are heroes in our community who are volunteering to make a difference in the outcome for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Please join me as I fight alongside the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure with a goal to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020. Now is the time to be a hero in the fight against pancreatic cancer and volunteer for progress. Please visit www.knowitfightitendit.org to find out how you can become involved or feel free to call me at 614-832-1851. Together we can make a difference.
Amy Crim Macko
former Bergholz resident
Central Ohio Advocacy Coordinator
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network