We did it!! The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act is now law!
President Barack Obama made history in the fight against pancreatic cancer by signing the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act into law. The act formerly known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act passed the U.S. Congress on Dec. 21 after it was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act.
This milestone in the fight against pancreatic cancer has created hope for many Americans who have been adversely affected by this devastating disease. For the first time there is a law dedicated to putting a greater focus on pancreatic cancer and other similarly deadly cancers that were once underfunded. This achievement would not have been possible without the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the many volunteers that devoted their time and energy to aggressively fight this disease.
With this momentous step, the National Cancer Institute will be able to develop long-term plans for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and other cancers. This will, in turn, assist in improving the lives of those individuals who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Now is the time to take a stand and give a voice to those that have lost the battle to this cancer. Baton Rouge and surrounding areas are uniting to passionately fight pancreatic cancer. I urge all who have been affected by pancreatic cancer to connect with the local Baton Rouge Pancreatic Cancer Action Network group. Please visit our websites at http://www.facebook.com/PanCAN.BatonRouge or http://www.pancan.org/section_get_involved/volunteer/join_local_affiliate.php to join our fight.
Ashley Wallis, community representative
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network