She said that Shelly and the lack of exposure for the disease have driven her new passion to help find a cure, or at least better methodology to treat it so those who develop it may survive longer in the future.
The National Cancer Institute spent an estimated $96.7 million on pancreatic cancer research in 2010, but that represents only 2 percent of the approximate $5 billion annual cancer research budget for that year.
“Most people aren’t even surgical candidates by the time it’s picked up and that makes it really difficult to treat,” Amy said. “Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer gets (somewhat) dismal funding from the NCI.”
She said that this past weekend’s event, held near the IUPUI campus, shows that the word is getting out and more people are paying attention to the fight. She plans on making the event an annual one she participates and raises funds for.
“I think people are starting to learn more about pancreatic cancer,” she said. “I think it’s a very passionate group.”
As for #TeamShelly, which she called the fundraising effort this year, she hopes it pays honor to someone she will always miss.
“I think this event showed how much (Shelly) meant to so many people, how she was loved by so many,” Amy said. “I think it shows how willing people were to chip in and help this very important cause. I was really surprised with how much we were able to do.”
Donations may be made and more information gleaned about the fight against pancreatic cancer online at pancan.org.