Below is a draft of an email that I sent to the members of the Massachusetts State Senate. I need your help. Please contact your Senator (or all of them!) and ask them to support Senate Budget Amendments #892 & #900.
Thank you to Senator Vinny deMacedo for filing the amendments on my behalf and Senators Bruce Tarr & Richard Ross for co-sponsoring them.
As many of you know, I have been involved with the PanCAN Boston, the local affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, after I lost my father, Norman Cordeiro, to the disease a little over a year ago.
Pancreatic cancer is a disease that knows no partisanship or ideology. Thank you for your time and consideration.
— Brock N. Cordeiro
I write to ask for your support for Senate Budget Amendments #892 & #900 so that we may better fight the disease of pancreatic cancer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Amendment #892 is titled Pancreatic Cancer Prevention and Screening. Amendment #900 is titled Establishing a Commission to Study Pancreatic Cancer.
My father, Norman Cordeiro, died of pancreatic cancer complications on March 30, 2014 after a courageous six-month battle. Shortly thereafter, I became a volunteer for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) Boston Affiliate. With the knowledge and support of PanCAN Boston, I asked Senator Vinny deMacedo to file these amendments so that the Commonwealth can better fight pancreatic cancer. Senators Bruce Tarr and Richard Ross co-sponsored Amendments #892 & #900. Now, I ask for your support. Please note that neither amendment will cost the taxpayers any money.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and it is anticipated to become the second by 2020. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with a five-year relative survival rate of only 6 percent. It is estimated that 73 percent of patients will die within 1 year of diagnosis. In 2014, an estimated 46,420 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and approximately 39,590 people – including my dad – died of the disease. To learn more about pancreatic cancer please see PanCAN’s Pancreatic Cancer Facts 2014.
I ask that you please support Amendments #892 & #900 so that together, as is PanCAN’s motto, we can “Wage Hope!” Thank you.
Brock N. Cordeiro
PS – To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network please see www.pancan.org.