What a great question.
This is the question that Bret Love asked himself right before he came up with the idea for Travel Bloggers Give Back – this initiative that now has dozens of us individuals and couples in the travel blogging community posting our charity-supporting stories, and encouraging others to do so as well.
Upon learning of the initiative, I immediately knew that the charity I would be writing about and supporting would be the Lustgarten Foundation – a foundation committed to research for a cure for pancreatic cancer.
About Pancreatic Cancer:
Following the unfortunate passing of American business icon, Steve Jobs, who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer earlier this year, awareness for this devastating disease has been at a high point. We have seen this occasionally over the years, as numerous other famous individuals have also lost their lives to the disease, including Patrick Swayze (2009), Luciano Pavoratti (2006), Michael Landon (1991) and Joan Crawford (1977).
The unfortunate reality remains, however, that each year hundreds of thousands of people first learn about pancreatic cancer either through their own suffering or the suffering of someone they love.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years.
My family was again affected by the disease this past summer, when my loving Grandmother was diagnosed. My Grandmother’s battle was equally brief, with her passing away in September of this year.
The fact is, pancreatic cancer is very much a killer, at least for now. Hirschberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research shares a few related facts on their website:
- Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States
- Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 6% will survive more than five years. 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.
- The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is just three to six months.
- Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years.
About Lustgarten Foundation:
Many of you may have first learned about Lustgarten Foundation when Rachel and I ran a fundraising campaign on their behalf back in October, where we donated $0.50 for every “Like” on the T|G|L|T Community Page on Facebook.
My family also made Lustgarten Foundation our charity of choice for friends and family to make donations to following the passing of both my Aunt and my Grandmother. In our experience and opinion, we have found them to be a very pro-active and honorable charity in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Lustgarten Foundation Mission:
To advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer by:
- Increasing funding and support of research into the biological mechanisms and clinical strategies related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer;
- Facilitating and enhancing the dialogue among members of the medical and scientific communities about basic and clinical research efforts that relate to pancreatic cancer;
- Heightening public awareness of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and providing informational support for pancreatic cancer patients, their families, and friends.
Also, thanks to Cablevision’s support of The Lustgarten Foundation, it is ensured that 100% of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
Ways to Give:
The following are just a few of the Ways to Give that Lustgarten Foundation shares on their website:
In addition, you can also follow along and show your support via the Lustgarten Foundation Facebook Page.