Cleveland Elementary and NEW Montessori Schools showed their
support during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month by wearing the
color purple. Students from both schools wore purple ribbons and
the color purple to show support and raise awareness of this lesser
Two Cleveland students have a grandmother that was diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer on Aug. 12, 2008 at the age of 59.
Her complaints began with some vague left-sided back discomfort
for about four to six months and later to follow, a change in bowels.
With the help of nurses and doctors at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial,
their grandmother had several diagnostic tests which revealed a
mass on her pancreas. The following day a pancreatic biopsy was
performed which confirmed adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic tail.
Their grandmother continues to fight this battle.
"Many people with pancreatic cancer have already lost there
battle and their voices can not be heard, so our staff and students
joined together to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer," said
the mother of the two students .
According to her, pancreatic cancer is the most
under-recognized and least-studied among leading cancer
"It was surprising to learn that pancreatic
cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in our
country, but receives less than two percent of federal cancer research
Andrea. "Our community took an important step forward in
September 2008, when The National Plan to Advance Pancreatic Cancer
Research Act of 2008, H.R. 7045 was introduced in the U.S. House
of Representatives. This historic initiative marks the first major
piece of legislation that could address the astounding mortality
rate of the most deadly cancer in the United States today, pancreatic."
If interested in donating visit the
site on the Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network website.