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Raising awareness of pancreatic cancer

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Like most little girls Amanda Browning always looked up to her dad, but then two year ago, her family received news that would change their lives forever.

Amanda Browning says, "It was a roller coaster of emotions"

Her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Browning says, "I just think of seeing him in so much pain."

Pancreatic cancer often has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death.

Browning says, "You don't think anything bad is going to happen so this whole journey he'll be fine, he'll get through this, not knowing how severe pancreatic cancer is."

But Amanda's dad lost his brave battle last year with pancreatic cancer.

Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and at that point complete surgical removal isn't possible. Some of those signs include: upper abdominal pain, jaundice, loss of appetite, weight loss, and blood clots.

Amanda is trying to turn her grief and pain into something positive, by helping other families and raising awareness about pancreatic cancer.

Browning says, "We try to make it as uplifting as possible. It's one of those clubs no one wants to be a part of."

After losing her hero, her dad, she's hoping research will soon lead to better treatment and a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Browning says, "He was a strong man, he was a fighter, giving it his all, it's just a horrible, horrible, disease."

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