Nancy's Story

Spreading the Word
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Community Lecture Program

In early-November, Nancy Wilcock attended one of our “Ask the Experts” lectures with her father, Jack Mahon, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June. After the meeting, Nancy’s father turned to her and said, “We have to figure out how to help these people.” It was only a few short weeks later that Jack was admitted to the hospital. “Initially the doctors told us he wouldn’t survive the night, but he stayed with us for five more days,” says Nancy.

Two things happened in those five days. When running out to buy a new pair of sneakers, Nancy stumbled across the purple shoelaces Fleet Feet in West Hartford Center was giving patrons for a $2 donation to the Foundation. “I bought every pair they had,” she says. “The shoelaces reminded me of what my Dad had said, so when I went back to the hospital that day I told him I was going to volunteer and I sent Barbara an email.”

It was also during this time that Nancy met another woman whose father was dying from the disease. “I felt like our families were brought together for a reason. My Dad was so interested in helping the Foundation, and these people needed help fulfilling their father’s final wishes to be laid to rest in Puerto Rico.” Nancy immediately thought of Ron’s Rescue Fund, and with their help this family was able to take their father home.

Nancy plans to continue lending a hand to the Foundation wherever she’s needed. “Before my Dad was diagnosed, I knew nothing about pancreatic cancer. I want to do whatever I can to raise awareness about the disease and the need for more research. And I want others going through what I and my family did to know they are not alone.”