Summerville Woman Continues Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer
Michelle Block with her mother, Carol Craft, who died from pancreaticcancer in 2011. Credit ProvidedSummerville Woman Continues Fight AgainstPancreatic CancerMichelle Block asks for help in bringing more awareness to disease.By Lindsay StreetJune 4, 2013Purple might have less endorsements and specialproducts than pink, but one Summerville womanseeks to bring more national attention topancreatic cancer.Michelle Block will participate in her fourthAdvocacy Day in Washington, D.C., to bringawareness to the disease that took her mother,Carol Craft, two years ago. Advocacy Day is withPancreatic Cancer Action Network.The numbers are staggering: 75 percent of thosediagnosed with the disease will die within the first12 months. Its survival rate is 6 percent. Tocompare, breast cancer has a survival rate of 90percent.The 7th annual Advocacy Day is June 17-18 in Washington, D.C. Block has taken part in the Pancreatic CancerAction Network event since her mother was diagnosed.While the PanCANs signature legislation, the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act, was signed intolaw, sequestration threatens National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute budget cuts."Our ask for Congress this year during the Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day will be to not make budget cuts,particularly in the case of a cancer that has historically received the minimum amount of research funding,"Block said.Cant go? Pancreatic Cancer Action Network asks you to call Congress. Click here to read more.Block is also looking for volunteers to help spead awareness about the disease. "Unfortunately, here in SouthCarolina our volunteer base is insufficient to have a full affiliate," Block said. Block said she will continue thefight, even with her mother gone."Unlike breast cancer, pancreatic cancer does not have the survivors to continue to rally behind this cause ... Itis up to the loved ones left behind to continue to fight for awareness and additional research funding so thatfuture patients may have better survival odds," Block said. "So while my mother and her memory are myinspiration and my driving force, I continue to volunteer and advocate for this cause for those that may face it inthe future, including my own children; so that others may have better odds of catching it earlier and survivinglonger than my mother and so many others did."