The Joseph C. Monastra Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research

In honor of our father / husband Joseph C. Monastra, who passed away on April 4, 2002 after only 4 short weeks of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we have established the "Joseph C. Monastra Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research" at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), no effective early detection methods have been developed, there are minimal treatment options available and very little research is presently under way due to limited research funding. We have established this foundation in order to make a difference for pancreatic cancer research and raise awareness for the need for increased research funding. We have partnered up with Johns Hopkins and a group of scientists in the pathology department who are working specifically on pancreatic cancer research. By establishing this fund in Joseph's name, we have the privilege of earmarking the funds.

Pancreatic Cancer has gone too long with out a voice. It is a disease that most call "The Silent Killer." Many other forms of cancer have made enormous strides in reducing their mortality rate through research and the development of early detection and prevention methods. The need for advocacy is crucial in helping make a difference for pancreatic cancer and the tens of thousands of people diagnosed each year (approx. 30,000 this year). Our family's hope is that through our voice and the voice of many we can raise awareness for the need to increase the allocation for research dollars to pancreatic cancer research.


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