Anna Hilton says "It was a real shock for us, the worst nightmare that anybody can imagine."
One most people don't survive. Anna Hilton was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. She caught it in the early stages
and was able to have surgery, something that happens in only about 15 percent of cases. She says her prognosis looks good.
Anna Hilton says "Here I am, I'm one of the lucky ones."
Very lucky. The five year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only six percent.
Teresa Warren lost her husband, Scott, three years ago to pancreatic cancer. He's among the whopping 94 percent of patients who don't make it.
Teresa Warren says "My daughter was pregnant and she had the baby three weeks to the day and even today I think he should have been here seeing this, he was so excited about this baby."
Now Teresa is turning her grief into a mission to help others.
She's traveling to Washington, DC next week to lobby those who can help make a difference in this fight when it comes to funding and research.
Teresa Warren says "There are actually 8 people from Chattanooga area going we are meeting with our senators our representatives to let them know about a bill we want to get passed the Pancreatic cancer and research act."
The bill known as Senate Bill 362 and H. R. 733 would require the National Cancer Institute to develop a long term and comprehensive strategy plan for improving survival rates for the disease.
Teresa Warren says "This cancer is the 4th leading cancer killer, but it only gets 2 percent of the budget."
Pancreatic cancer advocates say they can't do this alone. They need the publics help in this mission to save lives. So they're are asking you to join them on June 26th for the National Call-In to encourage your representatives to support this legislation.
Teresa Warren says "I don't want any family to ever go through this if there is anything I can do to help, I'm willing to do that."
Anna Hilton says "I look at life differently my family is more important than anything to me."
Anna says she knows she's one of the lucky ones and knows she's still here to help make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
NATIONAL CALL IN
JUNE 26, 2012