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ADVANCING SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS…AND HOPE DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! GIFTS MADE BY MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 31, 2020, WILL BE MATCHED, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, UP TO $50,000! As a supporter of the Lustgarten Foundation, you know pancreatic cancer affects everyone in the family—something Danielle’s loved ones learned the hard way Bolstered by the love of her family—including her husband Michael and their two young sons, Gavin and Peter, and her brother Marc—Danielle faced the disease with optimism and bravery. Despite many rounds of chemotherapy, Danielle maintained a high quality of life for the first year following her diagnosis, and with Michael’s heroic support, she made it through a grueling Whipple procedure. However, several months later her cancer recurred, and the treatments were harder to take.

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2020 Holiday Bash

While we can’t be together for the Lustgarten Holiday Bash this year, raising funds for the Lustgarten Foundation has never been more important. This holiday season, as we continue to take precautions and put safety first, we’ll be hosting the Holiday Bash as an online fundraising campaign. Lustgarten-funded researchers are on the cusp of scientific discoveries that will undoubtedly change patients’ lives, and now, with your continued support, we will ensure many more patients become long-term survivors.Every dollar donated to the Lustgarten Holiday Bash will go directly to funding the most groundbreaking research. In appreciation of your generosity, we will be offering all donors the opportunity to take part in a series of exclusive celebrity “Thank You” events in 2021. We are grateful for your ongoing support. Thank You!  

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Fund The Fight

Fund The Fight

When you Fund The Fight against pancreatic cancer, you help keep life-changing research moving forward at an accelerated pace. You let everyone in the pancreatic cancer community—including patients, survivors, loved ones, doctors and researchers—know you’re committed to ensuring many more patients become long-term survivors and supporting the research to make that goal possible. Thanks to our GivingTuesday Donor Circle, every GivingTuesday gift made by midnight on December 1 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $125,000!* That means every dollar you donate becomes two, going twice as far to help pancreatic cancer patients and their families and advance innovative research. DONATE NOW and invite your friends and family to help Fund The Fight against pancreatic cancer by tagging us at @LustgartenFDN on social media and using #FundTheFight to help us find your posts. Remember, the Lustgarten Foundation is the only nonprofit that invests 100 percent of your DOUBLED donation directly to pancreatic cancer research, funding the fight for better treatments and an eventual cure.

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Farewell, Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

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Like fans around the world, we were saddened to learn of the death today of Alex Trebek, 80, from pancreatic cancer. By openly sharing his cancer battle, Alex became a powerful voice in raising awareness of pancreatic cancer and providing hope for people affected by pancreatic cancer around the world. Our thoughts are with has family, friends and millions of fans who welcomed the long-time Jeopardy! host into their homes for 35 years. His final Jeopardy! is scheduled to air on Christmas Day.

Last November, approximately six months after first publicly sharing his diagnosis, Alex filmed a public service announcement (PSA) for the World Pancreatic Cancer Day. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which coincided with the 2019 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

Throughout the two-week tournament, Alex and players wore purple ribbons to honor Alex’s cancer battle and to memorialize Tournament of Champions qualifier and Teachers Tournament winner Larry Martin, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier in the year. But it was College Champ Dhruv Guar, who’s heartfelt Final Jeopardy! answer “We love you, Alex.” caused the beloved Jeopardy! host to choke up. The moment went viral and #WeLoveYouAlex became a viral fundraiser for the Foundation, bringing in more than $100,000. We caught up with Dhruv again back in July, when Alex’s memoir “The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life,” was released.

Each year, more than 45,000 Americans and 5,300 Canadians die of pancreatic cancer, including Alex Trebek, SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rep. John Lewis. World Pancreatic Cancer Day is Thursday, Nov. 19. We invite you to honor Alex, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Lewis and all of the other women and men we have lost to pancreatic cancer by wearing purple, sharing your story and telling us what this year’s theme: #ItsAboutTime means to you.

We invite you to honor Alex, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Lewis and all of the other women and men we have lost to pancreatic cancer by wearing purple, sharing your story and telling us what this year’s theme: #ItsAboutTime means to you, or donating in memory of Trebek.

Lustgarten Foundation Chief Scientist on death of Alex Trebek

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Join us all month long as we share information and awareness activities across our social media platforms and work together to increase awareness of pancreatic cancerGenerating awareness is critical to raising vital funds for research – research that will lead to more treatment options for patients. The Lustgarten Foundation is working tirelessly to improve patients’ outcomes by funding the most promising research on early detection, new treatments and personalized medicine. We have made great strides, but with your support this month, we can accomplish even more!

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New Fellowships Honor Icons of Civil & Gender Rights

PROGRAM INFORMATION Each year, more than 45,000 Americans are lost to pancreatic cancer—parents, grandparents, siblings, children, friends and other beloved members of our communities. And because pancreatic cancer does not discriminate, it also claims the lives of national figures whose loss is felt not only by their immediate family members and friends but by the entire country and even around the world. Unfortunately, 2020 saw the loss of two such figures to pancreatic cancer: Civil Rights icon and 17-term Georgia Congressman John Lewis on Friday, July 17 and Equal Rights champion and longtime U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Sept. 18.

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Northwell Sponsors LI Virtual Walk

Watch this coverage of Commack resident and pancreatic cancer survivor Joel Evans who recently reunited with the Northwell Health surgeon who saved his life, and will be walking to support  the Long Island Virtual Walk on Sunday, October 4 sponsored by Northwell Health. To register for the Long Island Virtual Walk, visit:

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Jeopardy! The Greatest Of All Time

Who is the greatest Jeopardy! contestant of all time?

Answer: Tune in Tuesday, January 14th as the tournament continues!

Watch (and play along!) as Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer (aka ‘Jeopardy James’) compete for the #JeopardyGOAT title in the “Greatest of All Time” tournament. The first contestant to win three matches will go down in history as the #JeopardyGOAT.

You can cheer your favorite contestant on or start your own #JeopardyGOAT tournament from the comfort of your own home. Invite friends and family over for a viewing party and challenge them to participate in a virtual tournament. For each correct answer, support the Lustgarten Foundation by donating $1, or another amount of your choosing, to pancreatic cancer research. Whether it’s $10, $100, or $1,000, every dollar makes a difference and 100% of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

What is #WeLoveYouAlex?

Even though the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions has ended, please continue to join the tournament competitors – including “Jeopardy! James” Holzhauer, Dhruv Gaur and Steven Grade – in honoring Alex Trebek and the entire pancreatic cancer community by donating to research. Now through December 31, donate to our #WeLoveYouAlex campaign to increase awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research.

If you missed it, Dhruv Gaur was the contestant and college champion who answered “We Love You, Alex” during the recent Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. This answer choked up the beloved game show host and earned Dhruv a seat at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he was presented with a $25,000 check from Shutterfly for the Lustgarten Foundation.

As the season of giving approaches, we hope you will join the movement to fund pancreatic cancer research. As Mr. Trebek said when he was first diagnosed, “Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.” With your support, we will definitely be able to “get it done” – by funding more research, we are moving closer to finding a cure.

We WELCOME you to our community and THANK YOU for your life-changing support!

Play Along to Support Research!

We Love You AlexJoin with Jeopardy! fans who are committed to raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research! During the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions episodes airing on November 14-15, viewers are encouraged to donate $1 to the Lustgarten Foundation for each answer they guess correctly. And, thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100% of your donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

Jeopardy! champion Steven Grade organized this play-along game in honor of host Alex Trebek and in memory of Larry Martin, a Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament champion who passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

Grade tweeted, “Play one night, play both nights, donate an amount that is right for you, or help spread the word to Jeopardy! watchers and non-watchers alike–every little bit helps, and every little bit helps to honor Alex, Larry, and all those who are fighting and have fought pancreatic cancer.” Donate Now.

Alex Trebek Lends His Voice To Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

We are grateful that Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has shared his story and helped to raise global awareness for pancreatic cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month with his PSA for the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition. Join us throughout the month of November as we unveil our new #PutTheUinCURE social media campaign and encourage you to get involved, and as we highlight the need for continued research, more effective treatments, and methods to help diagnose this disease at an earlier stage.

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“Keep the faith and we’ll win.” — Alex Trebek

Alext Trebek Jeopardy hostOn March 6th, television icon Alex Trebek, who has hosted Jeopardy, America’s Favorite Quiz Show®, since 1984, announced that he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in a video posted to the show’s official YouTube account. On behalf of our community of patients, caregivers, researchers, loved ones and survivors all impacted by this disease, we are sending Mr. Trebek our thoughts and best wishes for his treatment and recovery.

Mr. Trebek joins more than 56,000 other Americans who will be diagnosed this year. Pancreatic cancer is often called a silent disease because many times no signs or symptoms are noticed until the cancer is in an advanced stage, when surgery is typically not an option and effective treatments are limited.

Mr. Trebek is not letting this prognosis discourage him from fighting. As he shares in his video message, “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease…Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.”

At the Lustgarten Foundation, we are relentlessly focused on “getting it done.” Pancreatic cancer research is moving faster than ever before, and there has never been a more hopeful time for patients. The researchers we fund are committed to identifying new treatments and tailoring therapy to each patient. We are dedicated to changing patients’ lives and making sure that many more patients become long-term survivors.

Today and every day, we stand with Mr. Trebek, his loved ones and fans, and the thousands of other patients courageously fighting this disease and inspiring us to support even more research. Please know we are with you as you navigate through this disease, and we will not quit until a cure is found.


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Lustgarten Mourns the Loss of RBG

Supreme Court Announces Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from Pancreatic Cancer

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woodbury, N.Y. Sept. 18, 2020–“Today, the world joins together to mourn the loss of associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruther Bader Ginsburg and sends condolences to her family and friends,” said Kerri Kaplan, President and CEO of the Lustgarten Foundation. “While we are saddened by this devastating loss, we must uphold the legacy that she left behind both on the bench and as a pancreatic cancer survivor.” Justice Ginsburg’s long-standing career began in 1980 when she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a position she retained until her appointment to the Supreme Court. During her illustrious career, she was an ardent supporter of gender equality and women’s rights and an inspiration to the cancer community as she faced her own cancer diagnoses In 1999, Justice Ginsburg was diagnosed with colon cancer. Determined to remain on the bench during her diagnosis, she underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation. A decade later, she faced another difficult diagnosis: pancreatic cancer. Fortunately, the disease was caught early, which is often not the case with pancreatic cancer, and Justice Ginsburg was able to continue on with her duties. “In recent years, as her health deteriorated, she was seen as a pillar of strength and perseverance in the cancer community,” Kaplan said. “She will be remembered fondly not only for her imprints on the American judicial system, but as one of the great trailblazers of her time.” As the fourth-oldest Supreme Court Justice, Justice Ginsburg will be remembered as a woman of integrity who fought for gender equality and made significant legal advances for women. In 1954, she earned her B.A. in government at Cornell University and earned her law degree from Columbia Law School in 1959. During her undergraduate years, she met her husband Martin Ginsburg, whom she married shortly after graduation. The couple was married for 56 years before Martin passed away from complications from metastatic cancer. Justice Ginsburg died from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Just as “RBG” was committed to justice, the Lustgarten Foundation is committed to finding earlier detection methods, better, more effective treatment options and, ultimately, a cure for pancreatic cancer. To make a donation in memory of Justice Ginsburg’s life and legacy, visit our website at 100 percent of every donation will go toward pancreatic cancer research.

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Dr. Robert F. Vizza

When Dr. Robert F. Vizza started as the Lustgarten Foundation’s first President and CEO, pancreatic cancer was known as an “orphan disease”—a rare but deadly disease with little research into prevention, detection, treatment or an eventual cure. However, through Dr. Vizza’s steadfast leadership, service and dedication, the Lustgarten Foundation has directed nearly $200 million dollars into pancreatic cancer research, forever changing the orphan status and providing hope for thousands of patients, survivors and their families. Over the past 22 years, Bob has pushed relentlessly to move the science to the clinic. Therefore as part of our Gala, we are naming the Dr. Robert F. Vizza Lustgarten Clinical Accelerator Initiative in Bob’s honor. Funding for the Clinical Accelerator Initiative will allow us to initiate new clinical studies in a way that shortens the time required to move from concept to study launch and to develop smarter clinical trials that improve patient outcomes. Thank you for recognizing Dr. Vizza’s work and for your continued commitment to putting an end to pancreatic cancer.

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Pancreatic Cancer News

Scientists unveil a promising new strategy for combating pancreatic cancer

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A DNA mutation that occurs frequently in the development of many pancreatic tumors appears to make these cancers vulnerable to an existing type of drug known as PARP inhibitors, according to a new study from scientists in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The discovery, published in Science Advances, centers on a […]

Compound derived from thunder god vine could help pancreatic cancer patients

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The results of a pre-clinical study led by researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, suggest how a compound derived from the thunder god vine — an herb used in China for centuries to treat joint pain, swelling and fever — is able to kill cancer cells and […]

Disrupting the Cellular Process That Promotes Pancreatic Cancer’s Deadly Growth

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esearchers say they’ve identified a way to disrupt a process that promotes the growth of pancreatic cancers — one of the most difficult and deadly cancers to treat. The team, led by scientists at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and including investigators from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, STCube and Fluidigm, published their findings today in […]

Nerves keep pancreatic cancer cells from starving

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Pancreatic cancer cells avert starvation by signaling to nerves, which grow into dense tumors and secrete nutrients. This is the finding of a study with experiments in cancer cells, mice, and human tissue samples published online November 2 in Cell. The study addresses pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), the deadliest cancer of the pancreas with a five-year […]

State Capitol goes purple Sunday to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

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South Dakota’s State Capitol turns purple Sunday (Nov. 1) to honor those who have died from, as well as those who have survived, pancreatic cancer. The seventh annual Light the Capitol Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness ceremony starts at 3pm CT in the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre. Organizer John Moisan of Fort Pierre is a […]

Testing drugs within a tumor may combat pancreatic cancer drug resistance, ‘time machine’ suggests

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Many patients with pancreatic cancer have only about a 10% chance of survival within five years of their diagnosis because they tend to become resistant to chemotherapy, past studies have indicated. A “time machine” that Purdue University engineers designed to observe pancreatic cancer behavior over time suggests a new drug testing approach that could help scientists better […]

Ongoing Studies Could Modify the Script in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

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Clinical trials should not be viewed as a last resort for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, explained Allyson Ocean, MD, who added that even frontline standards of care should be considered after exhausting all available study options. “There are plenty of clinical trials available for your patients. Clinical trials should always be the first consideration […]

New Radiation Therapy Helps Treat Inoperable Pancreatic Cancer

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Pancreatic cancer is a serious and often fatal disease, but a September study published in Practical Radiation Oncology explores a new advancement in radiation therapy that may provide a better treatment option for some patients. Along with his colleagues, Michael Chuong, MD, study author and a board-certified radiation oncologist with the Miami Cancer Institute, studied 35 […]

Weight-Loss Surgery May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk in People With Diabetes

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Weight-loss surgery significantly reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer in obese people with diabetes, a new study finds. For the study, the researchers analyzed 20 years of data from 1.4 million people, including more than 10,000 who’d had weight-loss surgery. About three-quarters of those who had weight-loss surgery were women. People who’d had weight-loss surgery […]

Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals details about individual cells in pancreatic tumors

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Led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, and by HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute, an international team of researchers have described in detail the individual cells that comprise the pancreatic cancer microenvironment, a critical step in devising new treatment options for patients with this aggressive and difficult-to-treat disease. […]

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