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PRESS RELEASE
October 15, 2014

ESSEX COUNTY FREEHOLDERS
PROCLAIM NOVEMBER 2014
AS PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN ESSEX COUNTY


New Jersey Affiliate Advocacy Coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Michael Weinstein (left) from Millburn, accepts the Board’s commendation presented by Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold (right) from Livingston when The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Proclaimed November 2014 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON

  

(Newark, NJ) – During its Wednesday, October 15, 2014, meeting at the Hall of Records, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Proclaimed November 2014 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Essex County.  The Board’s commendation was co-sponsored and presented to Michael Weinstein the New Jersey Affiliate Advocacy Coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, by Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold of Livingston.

Freeholder Vice President Sebold opened the program by acknowledging co-sponsor Freeholder President Blonnie Watson from Newark in her absence.  She stated, as public officials, they both felt compelled to help raise awareness in the community regarding Pancreatic Cancer and by doing so, they ultimately help save lives. Freeholder Sebold noted that many people have had a family member, an acquaintance or someone that they know who has been touched by pancreatic cancer.

Prior to sharing highlights from the commendation, Freeholder Sebold introduced Michael Weinstein, New Jersey Affiliate Advocacy Coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network who is also a pancreatic cancer survivor. The commendation listed the daunting statistical and projected facts concerning Pancreatic Cancer.   In 2014, an estimated 46,420 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and 39,590 will die from the disease. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is projected to become second by 2020.  It is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at just 6%. Unfortunately, when symptoms of pancreatic cancer present themselves, it is generally late stage, and 73% of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis while 94% of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first five years.  Additionally, approximately 1,220 deaths will occur in New Jersey in 2014.

In 2013, the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act was signed into law, which calls on the National Cancer Institute to develop a scientific framework, or strategic plans, for pancreatic cancer and other deadly cancers, which will help provide the strategic direction and guidance needed to make true progress against these diseases. 

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a national organization serving the pancreatic cancer community in Essex County and nationwide through a comprehensive approach that includes public policy, research funding, patient services, and public awareness and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its affiliates in Essex County support those patients currently battling pancreatic cancer, as well as to those who have lost their lives to the disease, and are committed to nothing less than a cure.  They seek to support the good health and well-being of the residents of Essex County as a direct result of perpetuating increased awareness, research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments.

         A grateful Michael Weinstein humbly accepted the commendation and shared his inspiring story of resiliency when diagnosed two days after Thanksgiving in 2005.  Not knowing the history of this disease, he went home to research and find answers on the internet; there he found the startling statistics.  He considers himself “one of the lucky ones” since this November he will celebrate his 9th anniversary as a survivor.  He thanked the freeholder board for the recognition and he noted the commendation as a step in the direction of bringing public awareness to this disease.  He further stated, “….and hopefully going forward, we will continue to makes strides in awareness, in research, in funding for that research, and hopefully by 2020 the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s goal of doubling the survival rate will indeed be a reality.”

 

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For Additional Information:
Kathy R. Brown, Research Assistant
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
973-621-4489
kbrown@freeholders.essexcountynj.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695