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New videos raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

Seena Magowitz Foundation offers free downloads
 A woman whose mother died from pancreatic cancer speaks on a new video available from the Seena Magowitz Foundation.A woman whose mother died from pancreatic cancer speaks on a new video available from the Seena Magowitz Foundation.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and Seena Magowitz Foundation Founder & President Roger Magowitz is doing his part by introducing a series of professionally produced videos on the subject.

He is calling upon members of the home furnishings industry to distribute the videos in effort to educate and inform consumers about pancreatic cancer and what they can do to help fight the disease, the mission of the foundation.

"Over the past several months we were fortunate to work with a wonderful production team to make four compelling and informative videos available to the public," said Magowitz. "Pancreatic cancer is a silent killer with no effective early detection methods. We hope the videos connect with social media users and educate them about this devastating disease. If they help at least one person understand they are not alone or that there is hope, we know we have accomplished something."

The Seena Magowitz Foundation is best known for its annual celebrity golf classic fundraiser, which this year is set for Dec. 2-4 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The organization has collected more than $3 million since 2003 for pancreatic cancer research. The industry has rallied around the cause, and today the golf event is one of the nation's top fundraisers for the cause.

Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal type of cancer, with a mortality rate of 95%. Yet, less than 2% of the National Cancer Institute's federal research funding is dedicated to pancreatic cancer research, officials said.

Topics covered in the videos include:

• "Survivors and the Uphill Battle against Pancreatic Cancer," which shares the stories of survivors and the medical researchers working to make a difference in the lives currently at risk.

• "Know the Risk Factors" teaches viewers about the risk factors of developing pancreatic cancer.

• "A Patient's Last Days" imparts a greater understanding of what a person who is dying from pancreatic cancer may feel during his or her final days, physically and emotionally.

• "The Best Gift to Our Lost Heroes: A Cure" pays tribute to personal heroes who lost their lives to pancreatic cancer, and gives hope for a cure.

The videos are available for download at and were made possible by sponsor Donovan's Steakhouse in Phoenix. Tony Subia, a graphic arts professional and partner in Donovan's, volunteered to help build, maintain and enhance the foundation's Web presence.

Funds raised by the foundation help to advance the cutting-edge research of TGen Foundation, a biomedical research organization focused on moving emerging treatments from the laboratory to clinical applications.

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