" Mary and Kevin McCarty were featured in our documentary "The Patients Are Waiting: How HARPA Will Change Lives Now." We are saddened to share that on August 5, 2018, Kevin McCarty passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mary, his wife of 38 years, was at his side.  Time is of the essence for every pancreatic cancer patient-- We need urgency and action to develop detection tools and curative treatments to save lives now. "

The Suzanne Wright Foundation
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My mother suffered with stomach pain for quite some time before any doctor would take her seriously. Once a CT-Scan was finally done, she was told she had pancreatic cancer and six months to a year to live. Five weeks later she died. That was in 2001. In 2016 I was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I underwent aggressive chemo and a year later I'm still here. I'm on a break right now but have no idea how long I have left. I had DNA testing done and do have the BRCA 2 gene. My daughter was tested and thank god she was negative.


My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016. He went through a 14 hr whipple surgery. We had hoped that he would beat it, only to have it spread to his other organs.
How fast he deteriorated down to nothing was the most painful thing.
To watch him go was hard. July 4th, 2016 was the day he died.
We need to get more help for this kind of cancer. I would like to get more involved if I could.


My mother died needlessly June 13, 2018 from this insidious, dangerous pancreatic cancer. She kept going in and out of hospitals for month's saying something was wrong. Everybody said she was fine. She kept calling her doctor's office. She begged them to take her seriously. She kept complaining she was nauseous. They sent her to a gastroenterologist . The gastroenterologist said she was fine. She was given a clean bill health. Two weeks later she went to a walk-in center. He said to her that she needed to go to a different hospital. That's when they did a CT scan. They saw something on the head of the pancreas. They called her G.I. doctor and she was told she was fine. The doctors there thought it would be better if she saw someone from their hospital. That's when they did the pet scan. She was told she was terminal and had 6 months to live. She then went to see an oncologist a week later he placed her on oral chemo drugs she died three weeks later. My mother was truly an amazing woman who raised a family. She was married to my father, her husband, for 65 years. She was the matriarch of the family at a very young age. She was a good sister, amazing mother and grandmother. She never let anyone know how sick she was even at the end.  She was a fighter -- courageous, brave, loving and righteous.