Freeholders honor Michael Weinstein, Advocacy Coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 

(L-R) Freeholder Anthony Carabelli, Michael Weinstein and Freeholder Chair Pasquale “Pat” Colavita, Jr.

The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently honored Michael Weinstein, Advocacy Coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Network, for his tireless efforts to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer and advocate for additional funding toward research of its cause, prevention and cure.  Mr. Weinstein, himself a survivor of the disease, provided the freeholders sobering statistics regarding the deadly cancer, including that in 2011, 44,030 people will be diagnosed with the disease nationwide; and of those, 37,600 will die.

While pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, the federal Government dedicates significantly fewer dollars to its research than any other cancer killer.

In addition to honoring Mr. Weinstein, the freeholders passed a resolution in October declaring November “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.”

For more information about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which is the first and only national patient advocacy organization that serves the pancreatic cancer community in the County of Mercer and nationwide, visit