The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network recently announced the appointment of Laurie MacCaskill to Chair of the National Board of Directors of the organization, effective July 1, 2013. Ms. MacCaskill is the first pancreatic cancer patient to hold this position. Since her diagnosis in 2006, Ms. MacCaskill has served as a volunteer and advocate for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
“Pancreatic cancer has been life-changing for me in ways I never anticipated. The diagnosis was devastating, of course, but I’ve since had the opportunity to work with amazing people and witness how powerful we can be, even in the face of tremendous odds,” said Ms. MacCaskill.
“As part of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, I have seen a groundswell across the country in the movement to defeat this disease. I am proud and honored to serve the organization in this new capacity and look forward to even greater success in increasing the survival rate for people impacted by pancreatic cancer. People like me,” she said.
“Laurie has been a valued advisor on our board since 2009, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her in her new role as Chair of our National Board of Directors,” stated Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Not only does Laurie bring a wealth of professional knowledge and leadership, but firsthand perspective as a pancreatic cancer survivor.”
Peter Kovler becomes the Immediate Past Chair after serving in the role for the last 3 years. The organization has also appointed Jeanne Ruesch to Vice Chair. Ms. Ruesch serves on the board in honor of her late husband, Otto J. Ruesch. ■