January, 2015 - Dear Friends of the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation:
For those that were able to respond to our 2014 Appeal with a charitable donation, we sincerely
thank you. The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation would not be able to extend a helping hand to those in need
without your generous support. Your donations will be put towards our 2015 grants, which will directly aid in
the personal care, medical research and scholarly pursuits that we have continued to support since our
We wish you the best in 2015 and most importantly, good health. Health is wealth.
-- Jim Comer, President, Patrick Comer Courage Foundation
Did you know that pancreatic cancer ranks just 11th in National Cancer Institute spending despite
being the 4th leading cause of cancer death? Each year, more than 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer; more than 33,000 die, making pancreatic cancer more deadly than prostate and
close to breast cancer. The five year survival is less than 5 percent.
Know the signs... Pancreatic cancer is silent and sneaky. There are no early detection methods. Here
are some of the risk factors and symptoms:
- Family history of pancreatic cancer
- Lack of appetite, sudden weight loss
- Sudden onset diabetes or a sudden change in blood sugar control in diabetes
- Change of color in urine or stool
- Indigestion, nausea, vomiting
- Abdominal/Back pain
- Chronic pancreatitis
To learn more about this specific type of cancer, and to learn how you can become more involved in helping to fight it,
contact the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.
04/01/15 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its 1st-quarter grant for 2015 to Beth O'Rourke.
> Q1-2015: Beth O'Rourke
11/04/14 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation has given a grant to the Taussig Cancer Institute, which is part of the Cleveland Clinic.
> Q4-2014: Taussig Institute
10/22/14 - In October 2014, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made a donation to the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
> Q4-2014: PCA - UMass Med
10/01/14 - In lieu of past fundraising events which were costly to run, we are now relying on our annual appeal letter as our only fundraiser for the Foundation. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.
> 2014 Appeal Letter
08/01/14 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its 3rd-quarter grant for 2014 to Saint Johnís High School providing restricted aid scholarships for graduates of Worcesterís Nativity School. As many of our foundation donors know, Patrick was a 1990 graduate of Saint Johnís.
> Q3-2014: Scholarships