BENEFITING: APPENDICEAL CANCER ADVOCACY NETWORK INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 17, 2015
We are excited to announce our first annual Swimathon benefiting the Appendiceal Cancer Advocacy Network.
Appendiceal Cancer Advocacy Network, Inc. (APCAN) is an advocacy and support organization dedicated to serving the needs of those affected by Appendiceal cancer.
APCAN was organized in September 2004 by its founder, Steven Rurka, who was diagnosed with Appendiceal Cancer in 2002. While investigating the nature of this cancer and treatments available, Steve discovered that there was no organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of such patients. Additionally, he became convinced that the lack of such an organization had resulted in its not receiving its fair share of financial resources this country spends in it fight against cancer. Since then, there has been information and groups doing just what Steve had set out to do. Thus, at this point, APCAN has refocused its mission in a direction to help those affected by this cancer in a more direct way.
APCAN’s ultimate mission is to focus national attention on the need to find a cure for Appendiceal cancer. Our specific activities are varied and reflect the fact that Appendiceal cancer is an “orphan” disease that has been lying in the shadows of other cancers. Our main goal is making a difference in the lives of those afflicted by this cancer. No matter how small the act of APCAN, we want to help in any way we can to bring a smile to these cancer patients, families, and friends. APCAN raises money to fund ways to help in some fashion those suffering from Appendiceal cancer. We look to help not only the cancer patients but also their family and friends. Our fundraising efforts serve to support our services, and as a means to raise awareness of Appendiceal cancer in the community.
We thank everyone for their generosity,
The Rurka Family