On July 4, 1997, Agi wrote the following letter to the soon-to-be Chair of our Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Vay Liang “Bill” Go. As of July 1st 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation had been established and we began the quest to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Agi’s message was clear and decisive – families could no longer wait for much needed critical research and she was prepared to do everything in her power to make that happen. Families like hers, who have been deeply impacted by pancreatic cancer, would have the Hirshberg Foundation as an ally and an advocate dedicated to finding answers.
This letter captures the spirit and history of the Foundation, and it’s urgency remains. It expresses our determination to fight on behalf of every family who has been affected by pancreatic cancer. There are countless reasons why each of us have committed to see this fight through, whether it’s on behalf of a loved one, to ensure other families won’t suffer, or because we want to live in a cancer-free world. This letter shows both where our journey began and how far we’ve come, but most importantly, it demonstrates our commitment. We made a promise then that still holds true; we would be relentless, and we would never give up.