Founder's Letter

My husband Graham Turpin died one month and one day after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Its early symptoms were vague and did not, in and of themselves, seem alarming. Like all cancers, the longer the disease goes undiagnosed, the more damage it causes. However, what separates pancreatic cancer is its aggressiveness. It is a fast-moving killer. Thus, before even the reality of the situation sets in, you have to act right away to find an oncologist and procure an appointment. That is something that seems almost impossible when you haven't had time to research even the questions you need to ask.

In honor of my husband, I have started the Turpin Foundation to raise money in the fight against the disease and to help those in situations similar to mine to navigate the treatment maze. Please keep in mind, that the information provided in the website is based on my personal experience as a caregiver. Because both my husband and I worked in the advertising industry, I just can't resist the classic "I am not a doctor" line, with a finishing twist "and I don't play one online."

Luckily, there are medical authorities working very hard to uncover the disease's secrets and discover the best options for treatment and survival. In fact, scientists at Johns Hopkins have just sequenced the pancreatic cancer genome, and are learning new things about this disease every day. But continuing their work takes money, something in very short supply with pancreatic cancer. Indeed, though pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death, it is the least funded of the top five cancer killers. All of the money The Turpin Foundation raises will be donated to support research into early detection methods for pancreatic cancer. In the absence of a cure, time offers the best outcome in battling this stealthy and painful disease.

Please help us create solutions in our fight for life.

—Jo Weinberg Turpin