Members attending the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition
Media Release: 10 May 2016
The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, a collaboration of organisations and individuals committed to raising awareness of pancreatic cancer in Australia, has secured representation on the first-ever World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC). The Coalition, which brings together 40 pancreatic cancer advocacy groups from around the globe, meets on 11 May at its inaugural meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Alliance members Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Pancare Foundation and #PurpleOurWorld have the opportunity to lend their Australian ‘voice’ to the Coalition and drive awareness of a disease that desperately needs a medical research breakthrough.
Co-founder and spokesperson from #PurpleOurWorld, Jess Abelsohn comments, “With the second lowest five-year survival rate of all cancers in Australia, of 6.8%, it is shocking to think that this poor pancreatic cancer survival rate has barely improved for nearly forty years1. We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet with other advocacy groups from around the world and to be a part of a Coalition driving transformational change for those affected by pancreatic cancer”.
Caroline Kelly, Executive Director and Co-Founder, of Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation adds, " Since our inception we have seen that individuals, communities and companies in Australia, when working together, can make a real difference so we are excited to see the power of a global collaboration. Together we are confident that, like other cancers, we can improve survival rates".
Three years in the making, pancreatic cancer patient advocacy organisations from around the world began discussions about how best to support each other’s efforts while raising global awareness for the deadly disease.
Alliance member and CEO of the Pancare Foundation Angelia Dixon adds, “By collaborating we can have a much greater impact than the sum of our parts. It is a fantastic opportunity for three of the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Alliance members to be involved in this global initiative and be a part of a strategic vision for improving awareness of pancreatic cancer and ultimately benefiting all those affected by the disease”.
The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition will oversee the annual World Pancreatic Cancer Day, which was first held in November 2014 and is observed and celebrated from the United States to Europe and from Asia to Australia.
November has long been recognised as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This year, World Pancreatic Cancer Day will be held on November 17th.
The one-day event aims to raise awareness about the disease, but also to spread the word that with more research funding and more people taking action, pancreatic cancer survival rates can, and will, improve.
ABOUT THE WORLD PANCREATIC CANCER COALITION
The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition is an international group of pancreatic cancer patient advocacy groups with a mission to drive transformational change for all those affected by the disease. Through global collaboration, the Coalition raises awareness of pancreatic cancer by strengthening the efforts of participating member organizations. And each November, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Coalition members unite on World Pancreatic Cancer Day to draw attention to pancreatic cancer and highlight the need for greater awareness, funding and research.
ABOUT THE PANCREATIC CANCER ALLIANCE
The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance is a unique collaboration of organisations and individuals committed to raising awareness of pancreatic cancer in Australia.
The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance is represented currently by the following organisations: Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation; Cancer Australia; Garvan Institute of Medical Research; GI Cancer Institute; Karen Livingstone; Pancare Foundation; Patron - Tracey Spicer, and #PurpleOurWorld.
Issued by QUAY Communications on behalf of The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance
For more information and to arrange an interview with a member of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance contact:
- QUAY Communications, Emma Norgrove, M: 0499 688 001, T: 02 9386 9161
- QUAY Communications, Cheryl Pettinau, M: 0424 157 714, T: 02 9386 9161
 AIHW Cancer in Australia, 2014
 AIHW Pancreatic cancer, 2016 (http://www.aihw.gov.au/cancer/pancreatic/)