Maureen Shul, founder of Winds of Hope, center, stands with doctors from the CU Cancer Center
Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, awarded three $50,000 grants to teams of physicians and researchers at Anschutz Medical Campus specifically for pancreatic cancer research.
Pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest and fastest spreading cancers, is currently the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Of all the major cancers, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate due to there being no early diagnostic methods that can diagnose the disease early enough to render treatments effective.
Wings of Hope was founded in 2012 by founding Castle Pines Mayor Maureen Shul after losing her brother and mother to pancreatic cancer within months of one another. “With no early diagnostic tests, effective treatments or cure on the horizon, it is imperative the research advances on an urgent basis,” stated Shul. “These grants will provide physicians and researchers at the CU Cancer Center the ability to pursue paths and take risks not normally associated with major grant funding,” continued Shul.
In terms of research, pancreatic cancer is where breast cancer was 40 years ago, a statistic Shul finds appalling and unacceptable in view of the rising number of people diagnosed with this deadly cancer.
Wings of Hope is presenting “An Evening of Hope and Inspiration” on Nov. 17th at Anschutz Medical Campus. Featured speaker will be Sean Swarner, two-time cancer survivor in his teens who not only survived, but went on to climb Mt. Everest, with one functioning lung. All proceeds from this event go directly toward pancreatic cancer research at the CU Cancer Center.
For more information on this event or Wings of Hope, please visit: wingsofhopepcr.org.
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