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Friends & Philanthropy

Friends and Philanthrophy

Research is the key to advancement in pancreatic cancer treatment and diagnosis. The generosity and support of individual donors, community groups and grants lay the financial foundation for the UMass Pancreas Program to pursue our mission. In this section, learn more about the friends and philanthropists supporting our work.

We would especially like to thank the following for their leadership, inspiration and generosity in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The tireless community organization and support they have shown strengthens our determination and dedication to discover better treatment options and to improve outcomes. We are honored to partner with them.

Pancreatic Cancer Alliance

The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, a community based group, was founded in 2003 in honor of all we have lost. By raising awareness and funding research, they won’t give up the fight for those facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Evans Pancreatic Research Fellowship

Two vibrant pancreatic cancer survivors, Sean Griffin and Gail Allen, teamed up to raise funds that will pave the way for more successful cases.

Karen Sweeney Polkinghorn Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship

In celebration of the life of Karen Sweeney Polkinghorn, her family chose to support research that promises a better future for pancreatic cancer patients.

Linda J. Verville Cancer Research Foundation

In memory of their beautiful wife, mother and grandmother, the Verville family decided to continue her legacy with the annual Linda’s Legacy Memorial Golf Tournament which supports innovative pancreatic cancer research.

William D. Maney Research Fellowship

In memory of William D. Maney's lifetime commitment to civic and community leadership, the Maney family has dedicated funding for the advancement of pancreatic cancer research at UMass.