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Each November, during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, people around the globe unite on World Pancreatic Cancer Day to highlight the need for greater awareness, funding, and research for pancreatic cancer. On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, we are asking people to take action to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, the symptoms and risks of this disease and the urgent need for earlier detection.

A global WPCD Committee, chaired by Jessica Abelsohn, Co-Founder of #Purpleourworld, oversees the development of the annual WPCD campaign. Activities around the globe are undertaken by local pancreatic cancer community members.

About the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition

Pancreatic cancer patient advocacy organizations from around the world came together in 2013 to discuss working together to raise global pancreatic cancer awareness and work collaboratively to support each other’s efforts.

The organizations quickly realized that by working collaboratively, they could have a much greater impact than the sum of their parts. So, they swiftly moved to action with the launch of the inaugural World Pancreatic Cancer Day in 2014.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day quickly became a global success. Each year, outreach, visibility, and engagement continue to grow across the world.

Because of its success, the collective group decided to take their efforts one step further and launch a formal World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition in 2016 with more than 40 organizations from over 20 countries across the globe.

The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition now has more than 80 member organizations from over 30 countries on 6 continents.

The Coalition is led by a global Steering Committee, chaired by Julie Fleshman JD, MBA, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), based in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

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