Catherine was one of the amazing senior women I met my first semester at Notre Dame; women that did things I thought only people in magazines did, like volunteer in orphanages in Honduras or study in Jerusalem. Catherine had just spent the summer at a Catholic Worker house, when I met her, and was eager to get back after graduation. She now lives around the corner from me 20 years later, and a month after her third child was born, she was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma.
CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA FOUNDATION wrote:
The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation is the only non-profit organization in North America exclusively dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Approximately 7,000 people in the United States are diagnosed each year with this hard-to-diagnose, difficult-to-treat, fatal type of cancer. Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare but deadly cancer that has very little name recognition or awareness. Due to this lack of visibility, it is often overlooked as symptoms can mimic those of other illnesses and diagnosis comes too late. Conventional cancer treatments remain ineffective against cholangiocarcinoma, and most people diagnosed with advanced disease have less than a 5% chance of surviving at least five years. While almost 2 out of 3 people with bile duct cancer are 65 or older, people of nearly any age can be diagnosed. There has been an alarming increase in the past decade of young individuals being diagnosed in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Your support of Team CCF will significantly enhance awareness and recognition of bile duct cancer and raise critical funds for research, outreach and education to serve all those affected by cholangiocarcinoma. For more information, visit www.cholangiocarcinoma.org