Stan Vitikas 2022 Campaign
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month. All of us have in some way been touched by cancer, and many, like myself, have lived that experience.
Pancreas cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers, is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, with a 9% five-year survival rate. Through the luck of early detection, great health insurance, multiple surgeries and stent procedures, I was fortunate, but very few patients are, and surviving this disease is a journey. I wouldn’t be here without the best surgeons and treatment protocols, none of which would exist without medical research and funding. I was blessed, but I must pay it back by doing more!
That is why I passionately support the Seena Magowitz Foundation, an organization that’s raised millions to support research and fast track clinical trials to treat Pancreatic Cancer. Funding goes directly to the brilliant doctors and surgeons at Honor Health (ex-TGen) including Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, Dr. Erkut Borazanci, and renowned surgeon Dr. Douglas B. Evans, Chair of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, who work tirelessly to help patients live longer with revolutionary treatments and surgical protocols. They are setting the national standard for treating this formidable disease, including a recent approach to further ‘arm’ a patient’s immune system (T cells) to more efficiently attack and kill cancer cells, making the tumor more responsive to treatments.
Last year’s event at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix featured 33 pancreas cancer survivors and the goal is to have 100 survivors at the 2023 event on August 19, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, numbers that were unimaginable two decades ago.
I will match 100% of all donations (up to $25,000), with a goal to raise $75,000. I must always strive to do more. Dr. Von Hoff, Dr. Evans and their teams are making progress against late stage disease, giving patients HOPE in this fight. Please help meet this goal together by making a tax-deductible donation to support this cause.
THANK YOU in advance for your generosity!