Sky Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to raising funds to advance research and increase awareness for the early detection and treatment of pancreas cancer
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2014 Year End Giving

Sky Foundation, Inc. celebrated its sixth year in 2014, advancing research and awareness of pancreas cancer! Thanks to our generous donors, we are proud to announce several notable accomplishments this year which include:

  • Funded seed grants to three pancreas cancer research systems: Karmanos Cancer Institute/ Wayne State University, University of Michigan and University of Washington.
  • Dr. Rafael Fridman of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, along with his associate Dr. Howard Crawford of the Mayo Clinic in Florida, have been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health for their pancreas cancer research project! Sky Foundation funded two seed grants for this project, totaling $100,000.
  • Sponsored our annual women's event for the first time at a private home in Bloomfield Hills, attended by 95 women. Our exceptional presenters were Dr. Teri Brentnall, Nancie Petrucelli and Dr. Diane Simeone.
  • Instituted a new process for donations made in memory or in honor of a loved one. Contributions go entirely to our research projects.
  • Filmed a "Do You Know Where Your Pancreas Is?" video to raise awareness and educate people about pancreas cancer. Viewed by thousands of people nationwide!
  • Celebrated our sixth annual Lunch at The Townsend Hotel, attended by over 325 people, exceeding all expectations.
  • Expanded our Young Professional Group (YPG), who planned a successful Piston’s game fundraiser.
  • Hosted our first corporate dinner to raise awareness of pancreas cancer in the business community.
  • Established greater social media exposure on our web site and Facebook page.

Thank you for considering a donation to Sky Foundation, Inc. by year end.

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Jack Shenkman: Unwilling to go out without a fight

Jack Shenkman is a man who lives his life with a "never-give-up" vigor. He has a lot to live for at the age of 94 with a wife of 74 1/2 years, 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren (with the 25th on the way!)

In 2005, Jack was diagnosed with pancreas cancer at the age of 85. Unwilling to go out without a fight, he underwent a 10 1/2 hour Whipple procedure with rounds of radiation and chemotherapy following. Jack credits his wife Miriam for the attention and wonderful care she provided during such a difficult time. He states, "Part of the strength I had came from her." Though the recovery process was slow and grueling, Jack leaned on his tenacious nature to beat the odds and become a survivor. Today, he remains a generous and involved member of the community and a beacon of hope for others.

"You encounter these problems and you don't give up. You fight the thing and do what has to be done."

Do YOU Know Where the Pancreas is Located?

All donations made in memory or in honor of loved ones are sent to one of Sky Foundation's research projects. Your entire contribution supports our team's efforts, so your tribute has an immediate impact on vital pancreas cancer research.

Pancreas Cancer Deaths on the Rise

Pancreas cancer is anticipated to move from the 4th to the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths by 2020. This will be second only to lung cancer. Pancreas cancer symptoms are often vague and can include pain (usually abdominal or back pain), weight loss, jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, sudden-onset diabetes, and depression.

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