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Letter to the Editor: Congress Passes Important Cancer Bill

Measure creates national strategy for combating pancreatic cancer

 

Thanks to the hard work and persistence by pancreatic cancer advocates, the U.S. Congress recently passed historic legislation that will finally bring hope to those affected by the disease.

The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, formerly known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act, passed Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, on Dec. 21, 2012.

This legislation means we are one step closer to creating a national strategy for combating pancreatic cancer, developing early detection tools and effective treatments and improving the lives of those affected by this devastating disease.

Pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth leading cause of cancer death to the second leading cause of cancer death by 2020, possibly as early as 2015. Congress’ support of this bill means we can create a national plan to begin to reverse this trend.

Congressman Sherrod Brown played a critical role in helping the landmark legislation reach the finish line. On behalf of all those affected by pancreatic cancer, he has our sincere gratitude. We’re hopeful that President Obama will quickly sign the bill into law.  

MaryKaye Mackulin January 03, 2013 at 08:31 PM
And as of today, 1.3.13, the President has signed the NDAA and the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act of 2012 (formerly Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act) is now officially "law". It was five years in the making, and although it had to incorporated with the NDAA, change will finally be on its way. For those of us who have lost loved ones to this silent killer - today is our New Years Day! Hope will grow and maybe the next generation will have a chance to beat this Monster Disease.
Buckeye January 04, 2013 at 12:57 PM
This is wonderful news. This disease claimed the life of my brother-in-law when he was 31 years old (a graduate of Strongsvlle High School, and a United States Marine). I am so thankful for the hard work that went into making this happen, and for the support of our leaders who helped pass this law. Thank you!!!
MaryKaye Mackulin January 04, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Buckeye - I lost my beloved fiance' in Aug. of 2011 at the age of 48. To finally find the exact right person you want to grow old with was the greatest gift. That gift was taken away after an exceptional 5 1/2 years together. I fight for him and for all of who battle this killer cancer. Won't you consider joining us for PurpleStride 2013 on June 1 to honor your Brother-In-Law - and join over 2,000 North East Ohio residents determined to change the future of Pancreatic Cancer. It is an inspiring morning filled with love and hope! Regards, MK http://purplestride.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1051567

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