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Lustgarten Foundation E-mail Newsletter
Dear Friends: Tomorrow is November 1st, the first day of Pancreatic Cancer Month. While finding a cure for pancreatic cancer – and helping those touched by this disease - is at the top of our agendas every month, November gives us an opportunity to focus on some special informational activities sponsored by The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research:
#1. In The Lustgarten Foundation’s Ask an Expert Interview, Steven D. Passik, MD, an Associate Attending Psychologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, discusses depression and pancreatic cancer. This timely and thoughtful interview is available on line at: Ask An Expert
Print copies are also available, at no charge, by calling 1-866-789-1000. The Lustgarten Foundation’s “Ask an Expert” Series is supported in part by an educational grant from Genentech BioOncology.
#2. The Lustgarten Foundation and CANCERCARE have joined together to offer Telephone and Online Support through two different support groups – one for people with pancreatic cancer and the other for their caregivers. As you may know, CANCERCARE is a national non-profit organization that provides free professional support to anyone affected by cancer. For additional information, visit our web-site at www.Lustgarten.org or to join one of these (or other) support groups, please call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673).
This program is made possible by a charitable contribution from the Bristol-Myers Company.
#3. A telephone education workshop, “Medical Update on Pancreatic Cancer,” will take place on Friday, November 18th from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM ET. Expert speakers will address such important topics as current standards of care, managing side effects, controlling pain and discomfort, and the role of clinical trials. This workshop is free. For more information, visit www.Lustgarten.org, or to register, simply go to the CancerCare web-site www.cancercare.org and click on “education.” This workshop is made possible by an educational grant from Genentech BioOncology, and is presented in collaboration with CancerCare, The Association of Oncology Social Work, Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Intercultural Cancer Council, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer, and The Lustgarten Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research.
We hope that you will find these informational events informative and useful to you. There are two ways you could be helpful to us – small steps that could make a difference: #1. We are asking all of our friends across the country to help insure that up-to-date information about pancreatic cancer is available to those people who need it. When you visit your local doctor’s offices, or a hospital or medical centers, would you mind asking them if they would be interested in having our informational materials available for their patients? We can send these materials directly to them or to you, free, for distribution. Just call 1-866-789-1000 or drop us an email. #2. A special way to remember that November is Pancreatic Cancer Month is to buy a Lustgarten Foundation wristband in honor of someone you love, or someone who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The purple wristband says “RESEARCH + HOPE = A CURE” and is a simple, stylish way to support critical pancreatic cancer research. More than thirty thousand of our friends and neighbors will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005, so you can help us support this research in their honor. Ask your friends and family members to join you! To learn more, visit: www.Lustgarten.org.
P.S. We are also very pleased to share with you some exciting news: The New York Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk raised in excess of $740,000.00 and had 3000 participant. Stay tuned for next year’s Walk is scheduled for Sunday, July 30, 2005 The Inaugural Chicago Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk raised in excess of $170,000.00 attracted more than 650 participants. 2006 Chicago Walk Date is still to be determined. And we are creating a Boston Walk !!! If you are interested in being part of our planning committee, please email us at: jgraham @cablevision.com. That’s all for November’s email to the friends of The Lustgarten Foundation. Thank you for allowing us to share these projects with you – and we welcome your participation in our activities and fundraising events. Please feel free to contact my colleagues or me if you have a question or comment.
Enes Carnesecca Chief Executive Officer
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