Letters to the Editor

Urge lawmakers to join pancreatic cancer fight

This year, we are "celebrating" the 40th anniversary of the passage of the National Cancer Act.

As a pancreatic cancer advocate, I feel that I have little to celebrate. The five-year survival rate today is about the same as it was in 1971.

That is why I am calling on my members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (S. 362/H.R. 733).

It is critical to helping us find a new path to progress for this devastating disease. I am all for continuing the status quo when it produces results, but that strategy has failed for pancreatic cancer.

My own story is difficult to tell. My wife of more than 51 years and high school sweetheart of 59 years died of this devastating disease. As a result, I entered the fight against pancreatic cancer.

On June 14, I joined more than 500 advocates from across the country in Washington to meet with legislators; thousands of others called in as part of Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. Our message was simple: We do not have another 40 years to wait for progress. We need Congress to act now.

Contact our senators and representative and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation: Sen. Jim DeMint, 202-224-6121; Sen. Lindsey Graham, 202-224-5972; and Rep. Joe Wilson, 202-225-2452. Richard Boccabella Hilton Head Island