This summer, our Foundation commemorates 25 years of extraordinary scientific discoveries in the field of pancreatic cancer while providing support services for patients around the world. Thanks to our incredible community, the Hirshberg Foundation mission and our message of hope has reached thousands of families every year. Every milestone we surpass has led to real-world results because of your generosity and dedication. We have checked off nearly every goal we set out to achieve when we first began this journey but that last piece of the puzzle, finding a cure, is why we will never give up.
The mission statement and the vision of the Hirshberg Foundation remains the guiding light for all of the work we do.From the establishment of the Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases at UCLA to becoming a resource for patients at the most critical time of their lives; our programs have given survivors a chance to thrive. Our goal was to build a community that could answer this pivotal call-to-action, and today, that very community is helping to fund new and innovative research projects, educational Symposiums, and patient webinars. All of these accomplishments are steps towards our ultimate goal of finding a cure and eradicating this disease.
In 1997, when our Founder, Agi Hirshberg, began paving a way forward for this organization, she knew that it would take collaboration and hard work, “I wanted to help UCLA and their pancreatic program but they said they didn’t have one. Of course, my next sentence was, “you have one now, help me build it”. She began this journey understanding just how relentless pancreatic cancer could be. It was a time when medicine offered the bare minimum; research was underfunded while patients’ lives were fated for an uphill battle with few resources. Today, the Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases serves pancreatic cancer patients every day and a community of brilliant scientists and doctors are propelling research forward.
As we approach this remarkable milestone, we want to thank you and recognize all of the hard work that our supporters have contributed over the years. The vision for the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research may have begun with one family, but it has grown into a global community. 25 years later there’s so much hope, there’s so much work being done, there’s so much progress that has been made and all of those things are things to celebrate!