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Cleveland and Montessori Students Reach out to Support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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 known cancer.

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-funded, under-recognized and least-studied among leading cancer killers.

"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 funds," said 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 family's site on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network website.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 27, 2008