Helping Others Fight

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My wife, Beverly A. Gagliardi, lost her courageous battle against a horrible disease, Pancreatic Cancer, on January 4th, 2018.  She was an amazing lady who always gave much more than she ever received. She was my companion in life, a loving mother to our daughter Nikki and son-in-law Tyler, and a larger-than-life grandmother to our grandson Cason and, spiritually, to our new granddaughter Kinley who was born shortly after her passing.  She fought this disease valiantly by enduring numerous surgeries and the horrible side-effects of chemotherapy.  She never lost hope and brought smiles to all of her caregivers.  Unfortunately, in the end, she was too weak and ill to survive. This terrible cancer has irreparably damaged all of our lives; my family is hurt, we’re angry and we want to fight back.

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most deadly cancers known.  By the time you are diagnosed it is usually too late to help with today’s medical interventions.  The chemotherapies are mostly ineffective, and it is the least well-funded cancer from a research perspective. 

But...there is hope.

New technologies are being developed to battle the cancer and tumors.  Researchers are using the body’s own immune system, as opposed to chemotherapy which can’t differentiate between good and bad cells, to fight the cancer.  There are new blood tests that may aid in earlier diagnosis and novel immunotherapy techniques. The researchers at the Elkins Pancreas Center, which is part of the Baylor College of Medicine, are working on such approaches and need our help through funding support.  We have joined forces with an outstanding charitable organization, “The Arts of Healing Foundation” (https://www.theartsofhealing.org) which was founded by Lori and Dr. Isaac Raijman.  The Arts of Healing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, physician-based organization whose purpose is to raise money and awareness for various diseases that directly impact the patients in the community in which they practice medicine.  We have a shared vision of annually raising funds for medical research so that others, stricken with disease, may benefit from improved patient care, and through medical breakthrough, have hope.

Please join our family in "Helping Others Fight."

James S. Gagliardi with Nikki and Tyler Caviness in association with The Arts of Healing Foundation

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