November, 2017 - Dear Friends of the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation:
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 now the 3rd 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 2017 comes to a close, we hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with a tax
deductible donation. Your gift can be made through this website or you may send a check to
the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation.
Over the past decade, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation has awarded more than 35 grants to cancer patients
and their families, as well as to patient care and research programs at UMass Medical Foundation, Dana Farber,
Cleveland Clinic, City of Hope, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. As a part of our awareness mission, we
contribute annually to the15-40 Connection.
The Foundation 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.
Please visit our website for more information about our mission, awareness message,
past grants and links to the above mentioned research centers.
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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
April, 2017 - Each year, the annual Saint John's Gala celebrates the founding of Saint Johnís High School and
pays tribute to the Xaverian Brothers, lay faculty, staff and the generations of Saint Johnís alumni and the parents
whose dedication and sacrifice have made Saint Johnís the prominent school that it is today.
The 15th Annual
Saint Johnís High School Gala brought 500 alumni, families and friends together to celebrate the people and
values that make Saint Johnís High School unique.
Few couples embody the mission of Saint Johnís High School like Jim & Cheryl Comer. Their Foundation,
The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation, grants two partial restricted aid scholarships each year to Saint
Johnís students who are graduates of the Nativity School of Worcester. Through its generosity deserving
students of modest means are afforded the blessing and opportunity of a Saint Johnís education. The
Foundation was created in 2008 to honor the life and legacy of their son Patrick (í90), who passed away
from pancreatic cancer in 2008 at age 36.
For more information, please visit the Saint Johnís website
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.
06/02/17 - In June of 2017, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its second quarter grant to the 15-40 Connection.
> Q2-2017: 15-40 Connection
03/15/17 - In March of 2017, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its first quarter grant to the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.
> Q1-2017: Jupiter Med Center
12/01/16 - In December 2016, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance UMMF.
> Q4-2016: PCA - UMass Med
11/02/16 - As 2016 comes to a close, we hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with a tax deductible donation.
> 2016 Appeal Letter
08/01/16 - In August of 2016, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its annual grant to Saint Johnís High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
> Q3-2016: Saint John's