December, 2013 - Dear Friends of the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation:
Response to our 2013 Annual Appeal
We would like to thank all that responded so generously to our 2013 annual appeal. With your support and
donations, we are well on our way to funding our 2014 grants and restricted aid scholarships.
Thank you for your continued support and generosity. We are all
making a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate in memory of Patrick. - 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.
11/30/13 - In November 2013, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant to the Sheri and Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at City of Hope in memory of Patrick.
> Q4-2013: City of Hope
11/30/13 - In November 2013, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Our grant goes directly to patient related clinical and translational related research projects.
> Q4-2013: PCA - UMass Med
10/15/13 - As 2013 comes to a close, we hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with a tax deductible donation.
> 2013 Appeal Letter
08/31/13 - In August 2013, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant 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.
> Q3-2013: Scholarship Fund
6/30/13 - As part of our awareness mission, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant to the 15-40 Connection in June of 2013.
> Q2-2013: 15-40 Connection