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The Lustgarten Foundation

BY: Sammi G | Dec 11, 2018

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What is unique about the Foundation? After Cablevision Vice Chairman Marc Lustgarten was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1998, Marc, together with Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan and Chief Executive James Dolan, established The Lustgarten Foundation. Mr. Lustgarten died from pancreatic cancer in 1999 at the age of 52. With only two percent of federal funding directed toward pancreatic cancer research, the Foundation provides a critical role in combating this lethal form of cancer. Just six percent of those diagnosed survive five years and most with advanced cancer die within a year of diagnosis. Cablevision, a leading media and telecommunications company, underwrites the Foundation’s administrative costs so that 100 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. Our Mission: The mission of The Lustgarten Foundation is to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States with a 6% survival rate. This year alone approximately 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Since the inception of The Lustgarten Foundation in 1998, the Foundation has become the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research. To date, the foundation has funded more than $110 million in research, which is leading to better methods for early detection and promising studies for treatment. Alicia is a 21-year old pancreatic cancer survivor. She shares her inspiring story. Alicia-Image-with-TextI am a 21-year old pancreatic cancer survivor. I know people find this hard to believe as it is so rare for someone at my age to get this deadly disease, but pancreatic cancer can strike anyone at any time. In my case, it was discovered completely by chance. When I was 18 and a college freshman, I had my wisdom teeth removed. Shortly after, I went into septic shock and an emergency CT scan revealed a mass on my pancreas. It probably goes without saying, but being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer has changed my life in every way.   I am so grateful to be alive, and this is why, even though I am a private person, I want to share my story. Right now there is no routine test to detect pancreatic cancer early, so I know how lucky I am to have discovered it in time to have life-saving surgery. Most people are not as fortunate. That’s why The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research, has launched an aggressive Early Detection Initiative to develop a blood test that can be performed routinely in a doctor’s office. This would detect pancreatic cancer at its earliest stage when there is the greatest chance for a cure. I also know that as a Lustgarten Foundation supporter, 100 percent of every single dollar donated to the Foundation will go directly to important research. In addition to sharing my story to help raise awareness about this disease, I also join thousands of people at the Foundation’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks to help raise funds for urgently needed research. I will keep sharing my story and my belief that research offers us the best hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer, and early detection will save lives. With the continued support of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers throughout the years, we are able to continue funding some of the greatest scientific minds around the country to ultimately find a cure for pancreatic cancer.