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Walking to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Walking To Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Madison Family Dental supports PurpleStride Madison Run / Walk 2013 as employees, families and friends join together on April 28th to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.

Madison Family Dental is a proud sponsor of the PurpleStride Madison Run/Walk, a family fundraiser event, since its inauguration in 2010.

Please join us on April 28th 2013 for PurpleStride Madison 2013, to make strides in the fight against pancreatic cancer.  Register to run 5K or walk 2 miles with our team through Warner Park and toward a future free of pancreatic cancer!  Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, hope and inspiration as we come together to honor those affected by pancreatic cancer.  Learn more at

Longtime employee Renee Helt (pictured above in purple jacket) personally became involved with PurpleStride, and the Madison Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, when her sister, Denise, was diagnosed with this devastating disease in 2006.  She lost her courageous battle, just one year later, at the age of 47.

My family continues to volunteer in her memory.

As a longtime employee of Madison Family Dental, I thank Dr. Lori Veerman, Dr. Alana Wirtz and Dr. Christian Julian, for their continued support and involvement in my mission. We need more heroes. ~Renee Helt

Cancer is killing our loved ones at a rapid pace.

It is estimated that 45,220 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and more than 38,460 will die from this disease. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the US and still remains the least funded, with no early detection tools or effective treatment options.

In recent years, high-profile people have succumbed to this devastating disease and have raised aware ness for pancreatic cancer including:

  • Steve Jobs, Co-founder Apple Computers
  • Paul Mitchell, Paul Mitchell Hair Salons
  • Randy Pausch, Carnegie Melton University Professor
  • Patrick Swayze, Actor and Dancer

The survivor list is much smaller but includes names such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Debbie Ryan the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at University of Virginia.

Supporting our community, supporting our employees and supporting the families of our employees is critical to our mission here at Madison Family Dental. We truly want to make Madison a better, and healthier place to live. ~Dr. Christine Julian

PANCAN is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.  Visit and together we can make a difference!  Pancreatic Cancer:  Know It. Fight It. End It.

Recently Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer – Know It.

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, now is the time to take charge of your situation and understand all of your options.  These links below from can connect you with reliable information to get organized, to feel more in control, to know what questions to ask and to connect with others who have been through, or are currently going through, the pancreatic cancer journey.

How to get involved. Fight It.

Join your local affiliate or community representative and meet volunteers committed to fighting pancreatic cancer. As part of your local effort, you can make a difference.

  • All the information about getting involved is listed here.

The Scientific Research related to Pancreatic Cancer

Better treatments, and ultimately cures, for people with pancreatic cancer begin with scientific research. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is committed to advancing pancreatic cancer research through strategic actions. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is building a comprehensive pancreatic cancer research community and working to provide the tools and resources this community needs in order to make scientific breakthroughs. Over $4 million will be awarded through their 2013 research grants program. They are expanding the community by awarding research funding to the most promising and innovative investigators and providing career support and mentorship to early-career scientists.In addition, our advocacy efforts have contributed to an increase in National Cancer Institute annual funding for pancreatic cancer research from $17 million in 1999 to $99 million in 2011. That is in comparison to the over $600 million for breast cancer research and the almost $300 million each for lung, colon and prostate cancer research. They also work as a convener to the research community, bringing together scientists, government, and industry to share information and form collaborations.

We’d love for your support with volunteering at the Run/Walk or please join our team. For more information about supporting our team, please contact us.

And a BIG thank you for taking the time to read about PurpleStride’s efforts to end Pancreatic Cancer. Renee Helt, Longtime employee of Madison Family Dental

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