Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is the national charity dedicated exclusively to supporting research to improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has three main objectives:
- To raise funds for research into early detection, new treatments and ultimately a cure for pancreatic cancer
- To encourage more of the research community to get involved in pancreatic cancer research
- To promote the need for more research funding by the major cancer research funding organisations
To date, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has supported 34 research projects with grants totalling £5.2 million – all through fundraising and donations.
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was founded in April 2004 by Maggie Blanks, following the death of her husband Alan from the disease in May 2003. Having discovered that survival rates for pancreatic cancer had barely improved in forty years and that little research was being undertaken, she was determined to encourage more research that was targeted specifically at the disease. She felt the best way to do this was through a charity which would not only raise new funds for research but also be a voice for pancreatic cancer sufferers and argue for a fair allocation of research funding and attention.
Experience with other cancers has shown that increasing awareness of the disease and raising more funding for research can have a huge impact on overcoming the disease. That is our goal for pancreatic cancer.