Team Jackie supports the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF). This is the only UK charity dedicated to funding research into pancreatic cancer.
PCRF, a registered charity (No. 1103253), was founded in April 2004 by Maggie Blanks, following the death of her husband from the disease in May 2003. It is the only UK charity dedicated solely to fundraising for more research into pancreatic cancer. PCRF currently funds £3 million of research projects entirely from donations. The charity also aims to persuade the existing major research funders to give greater attention to the disease.
Each year approximately 8,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It is an extremely difficult cancer to diagnose and treat because it is unusually aggressive, symptoms are often vague and generally appear at an advanced stage of the disease.
Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate of any common cancer – only 3 in every 100 people diagnosed will live for 5 years, a figure that has not improved in 40 years. This cancer is so aggressive, by the time it’s diagnosed, 90% of people will be told that they are terminally ill and given 6-12 months to live.
Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer, yet receives less than 2% overall research funding.
Please help us change this in what ever way you can. You can write or speak to your local MP so we can start to inform and influence government in the decisions over funding and priorities. This link will allow you to easily find contact details for your local MP.
And you can sponsor our efforts, as Team Jackie seeks to raise £50k for pancreatic cancer research – donate