December 18, 2005 01:11 PM by Joe Blackmon
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) honored ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with its Excellence in Media Award, given to a television or film production that increases public awareness of pancreatic cancer and inspires action to find a cure. The award was presented to the show’s producers on Nov. 12th during PanCAN’s “An Evening with the Stars” celebrity gala for pancreatic cancer.
Senior producer Conrad Ricketts accepted the award, accompanied by design producer Karin Jarlstedt and coordinating producer Dianne Korman. PanCAN is the first, national patient-based advocacy organization for the pancreatic cancer community, including patients, families, medical researchers and physicians.
“We honor Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for putting a human face on pancreatic cancer,” said Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of PanCAN. “Thanks to the show, people around the country will understand that pancreatic cancer can strike anywhere – even your neighborhood – and will become more aware of the disease. Like PanCAN, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition provides hope to the families they help and the viewers who watch their efforts.”
In October, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired a show about the Gordon Harrison family of Bountiful, Utah. Even though he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Harrison spent much of his time helping his neighbors. Inspired by his spirit, they contacted the show. With the help of the show’s construction crew, local builder Oakland Construction, and their neighbors, the Harrison family received a new home. Today, Harrison is a pancreatic cancer survivor and no longer worries about his own home repairs.
PanCAN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by surviving family members of individuals who died of pancreatic cancer. Chartered as a grassroots organization of advocacy for pancreatic cancer patients and their families, PanCAN currently has volunteers and members throughout the United States and around the world. PanCAN is the first, national public-benefit advocacy organization for the pancreatic cancer community. The organization works to focus national attention on the need to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, and provides public and professional education embracing the urgent need for more research, effective treatments, prevention programs and early detection methods. Visit www.pancan.org to obtain more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-877-272-6226.