I want to thank Coastal Point for recently giving Sen. Coons the opportunity to help bring awareness to Pancreatic Cancer.
I met Sen. Coons last June when he was the keynote speaker at Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day in D.C.
Over 700 of us from all 50 states affected by this disease met with our senators and Congressional representatives to request increased funding for the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Health.
Sen. Coons lost his dad and I lost my husband of 47 years to this cancer — one of the cancers with just a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent. Due to misdiagnosis and lack of a definitive test, 75 percent of those diagnosed die within one year.
I will be attending my third Advocacy Day in D.C. next year, as well as organizing my third PurpleStride team to raise money to #wagehope for a cure.
Next November, I hope we can turn the Indian River bridge Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.