The Lenita Jean Foundation is an organization that was started in order to bring awareness to more people about the seriousness of Pancreatic Cancer. This Foundation has been dedicated to Lenita Jean, who died of this terrible disease in June 2007. She was only 60 years old when she passed. She was a beautiful, gentle, and caring mother of 3, who, most of the time did without (as so many great mothers often do), so that her children would not. She was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. She never met a stranger and was so sweet, she seemed almost childlike, but at the same time possessed a strength that could always make you feel safe. She brought joy to everyone around her. She loved her family deeply and was loved deeply by them in return.
Lenita Jean was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in April 2007 and was only able to hang on for 2 short months before the inevitable end. She experienced excruciating pain and extreme weight loss. By May, that lovely, happy and wonderful woman we all knew had become so weak that she could barely make it to the bathroom without help and had resigned to staying in bed and on most days, without saying much to anyone. Once June came around, she seemed to only be a shell of who she was and had weakened to such an extent that standing even became a chore. She had lost her appetite completely and had almost stopped talking to us all together. We could not believe how fast it was all happening. She had begun to deteriorate before our very eyes. On June 24th, 2007 Lenita Jean passed away at 9am, We ask you to help her spirit live on by helping others get educated on this terrible disease that touches so many great people everyday from the people who are diagnosed to the Family's and the very few survivor's.
What are the key statistics about pancreatic cancer?
The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States are for 2010:
•About 43,140 people (21,370 men and 21,770 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
•About 36,800 people (18,770 men and 18,030 women) will die of pancreatic cancer
Over the past 15 to 25 years, rates of pancreatic cancer have dropped slightly in men and women. Still, pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer death overall.
The lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71 (1.41%). This is about the same for both men and women. A person's risk may be altered by certain risk factors.
You can help, We all can help by telling people about Lenita Jean and her story and donating not just money to help fund much needed research but the knowledge to educate so many including ourselves and most of all so we can find a cure TOGETHER.