Ignorance truly is bliss, but sometimes the facts come searching for you. This is what the Guarneri family found when their father, Carl, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four months ago. And those facts were devastating.
According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, an estimated 76% of patients will die within one year of diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and carries the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. But, even more startling, is the lack of awareness and funding for the disease. Only 2% of the National Cancer Institute's budget is allocated to this leading killer and, currently, there are no early detection or screening exams available for pancreatic cancer. What there is, is one determined family making strides to raise funds in the name of their father and those battling across the country.
The Ho Ho Hope for the Cure Fundraiser will offer area residents the chance to celebrate the holidays while celebrating a worthy cause. For a $20 suggested minimum donation, guests will receive free food and drink specials all night, a raffle ticket and an official Pancreatic Cancer Awareness bracelet. Additional raffle tickets may also be purchased for the chance to win a variety of valuable holiday prizes donated by several local businesses.
The event will be held at The Field Restaurant and Bar, located at 3001 Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock, Thursday, December 10th, 2009 starting at 7:00pm. Net proceeds from this event will benefit a national pancreatic cancer organization for research, awareness and patient services.
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