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TCGives fights to end pancreatic cancer in loving memory of Kathleen K. Schoemaker, beloved mother to Annemarie Tester and Jeremy Schoemaker.
TCGives fights to end pancreatic cancer in loving memory of Kathleen K. Schoemaker, beloved mother to Annemarie Tester and Jeremy Schoemaker who lost her battle to Pancreatic Cancer in 2016. Prior to receiving the devastating news that she had Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer and under a year of life remaining, she worked full time as the CFO of Domain Associates, exercised daily, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Kathleen would often say, “I am completely healthy except for my pancreatic cancer.” Kathleen took that year to undergo treatment, spend quality time with her family, and maintain her faith. She lived her remaining time with true strength and didn’t spend a single moment regretful or angry at her diagnosis. She was remarkable and we miss her every day.
Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death in this country with more than 62,000 Americans diagnosed each year. Proceeds raised through TCGives will go directly to Jefferson Health’s Molecular Profiling of Pancreatic Cancer initiative, led by Dr. Charles Yeo and one of the top pancreatic surgical research teams in the country. This testing, which seeks to identify biomarkers in tumors and inform tumor-specific treatment, is not covered by insurance in early-stage pancreatic cancer and relies on donations like yours to ensure every pancreas surgical patient’s tumor is profiled, regardless of insurance coverage. This research will advance pancreatic cancer treatment and improve survival rates, ultimately providing the biggest gift to those faced with pancreatic cancer: hope.