Ride had an inspiring, accomplished career, and she is an icon in our nation's history.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which the relative five-year survival rate, just 6 percent, has not improved substantially in more than 40 years.
As a pancreatic cancer patient, I am all too familiar with the unsettling statistics and frightening outlook. Each time I look at my daughter, I hope and pray I will see her fifth birthday.
We need Congress to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S.362/H.R.733), which would establish a long-term comprehensive strategic research plan to develop effective treatment options to give patients a fighting chance. The bill has strong bipartisan support, with about 60 Senate co-sponsors and 270 House co-sponsors.
I hope all inspired by Sally Ride will honor her memory by joining the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Salt Lake City
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