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Area Volunteer Raising Awareness For Pancreatic Cancer

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The Bridgeport Conference Center is joining with the West Virginia to host Jazz and More for a Cure on Saturday. It's all part of a national effort to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers out there today.

Here in West Virginia, Annette Fetty-Santilli has been leading the charge to fight the disease with the pancreatic cancer network. It's a cause that became personal to her about eight years ago.

"I lost my brother six years ago to this terrible disease. He was only 38 years old. We had no family history and it just really caught us from out of the blue. After he was diagnosed, he only made it 18 months after his original diagnosis," said Fetty-Santilli.

And since then, she has been working hard to spread the word throughout the state. And through her work, many people are now taking notice, including government officials from across West Virginia.

"I'm getting proclamations from city councils and county commissions commemorating Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Governor Tomblin has signed a proclamation for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month," Fetty-Santilli said.

But it's not just officials that are lending a hand. TempurPedic works with furniture dealers around the country to help support the cause. And it's one that needs plenty of help, as very few people survive the disease for more than a few years.

"Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. It's expected that over 45,000 people will be diagnosed with this illness this year. Of the five major cancers, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate. The five-year survival rate is just six percent," said Fetty-Santilli.

If you'd like to help out, you can rest test a TempurPedic mattress at Star Furniture in Clarksburg throughout the month of November. Friday is also Purple with a Purpose Day nationwide, where everyone is asked to wear purple to help raise awareness.