As many of you know, our father, Randy Block, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2020. It has been an extremely challenging year, but after a Whipple procedure and 6 months of chemotherapy, Randy is doing incredibly well. We are fortunate that his cancer was caught early, but most are not so lucky. We are raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting pancreatic cancer patients and improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. For those in the Chicago area, make a donation of $50 or more by November 18, 2021 (World Pancreatic Cancer Day) and you will get a special pumpkin pie. Email firstname.lastname@example.org after you make your donation to make arrangements to pick up your pie. More information is below. We thank you all for your love and support.
In October 2020, our father, Randy Block, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Very fortunately, the cancer was discovered at an early stage and Randy was eligible for a Whipple surgery, a complicated and invasive procedure that removes the head of the pancreas and reconstructs much of the digestive tract. Randy underwent the Whipple operation under the care of Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria at Northwest Community Hospital on November 19, 2020 - which happened to be World Pancreatic Cancer Day. The surgery was a success, though it was a difficult and lengthy recovery, only to be followed by six months of excruciating chemotherapy under the care of Dr. Daniel Dammrich at Northwestern Hospital. Though Randy continues to have side effects from both the Whipple surgery and chemotherapy, he is doing unbelievably well - and just passed one year since diagnosis. We are forever grateful for the care that Dr. Bilimoria and Dr. Dammrich, and their amazing teams, provided to our father.
Most of the 60,000 Americans diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year are not as lucky as Randy.
- Only 11% of pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed early enough to be eligible for a surgical removal of the tumor, such as through the Whipple surgery. These surgical procedures are thought to be the only possible curative treatment for pancreatic cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. The 5-year survival rate stands at only 10%, though this is a significant improvement from only a decade ago.
- The majority of patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage for which the 5-year survival rate is only 3%.
We want to do our part to attack this most dreaded disease - which is through both earlier diagnosis and better treatment options. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, also known as PanCAN, is at the forefront in at funding research and development for both - as well as providing support for pancreatic cancer patients.
We are starting a new annual tradition to help raise money for PanCAN through two things that Randy loves: Pumpkin Pie and Thanksgiving. Anyone in the Chicago area that makes a donation to PanCAN of $50 or more will get a pumpkin pie. These are not just any pies, but Melissa’s treasured family recipe that has been passed down and perfected over many generations. They are also Randy’s favorite. We appreciate donations coming from any and every corner of the world, but the pies will only be available for pickup in Highland Park, Illinois.
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is the 3rd Thursday of each November and, of course, Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday. Make your donation of $50 or more by World Pancreatic Cancer Day (this year, November 18th) and enjoy the pumpkin pies with your family and friends - being thankful for all that we have, and everyone that we have.
Email email@example.com after you make your donation to make arrangements to pick up your pie.
Lots of Love and Thankfulness -- Greg/Sara, Phil/Melissa and Sam/Jacki