October, 2014 - Dear Friends of the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation:
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
In support of our Mission, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation wants to do our part to create a greater
awareness about this disease by informing our network of friends. Although it is the 4th leading cause
of cancer deaths, pancreatic cancer is the least understood of all the major cancer killers. Know the
risk factors and symptoms as well as the helpful links listed on our website.
As 2014 comes to a close, I hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with
a tax deductible donation. Your gift can be made on line at comercourage.org or you may
send a check to the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 282, Princeton, MA 01541-0282.
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.
Since becoming a 501(c)(3) foundation and public charity in February 2009, the Patrick Comer Courage
Foundation has accomplished much. We have made a difference in the lives of many cancer patients and
their families. We have also contributed significantly to cancer awareness and research programs in
Worcester, Boston and Los Angeles.
In addition to these grants, PCCF also funds restricted financial aid scholarships at Saint Johnís
High School in Shrewsbury, MA for graduates in good standing of Worcesterís Nativity School, providing
a Saint Johnís education to inner city boys who could not ordinarily afford such an education. As
a 1990 graduate of Saint Johnís, it was Patrickís wish to have this goal fulfilled.
Please visit our website comercourage.org for more information about our mission, awareness
message and grants. Like us on Facebook.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in memory of Patrick.
Thank you for your continued support and generosity. -- 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.
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
05/01/14 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its 2nd-quarter grant for 2014 to the 15-40 Foundation to aid cancer awareness.
> Q2-2014: 15-40 Found