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Hello and thanks for visiting my Buckeye Funder page! My name is Patrick Lee, and I am a fourth year here at The Ohio State University studying Mechanical Engineering with minors in Business and Robotics & Autonomous Systems. On campus, I am a member of the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program (IBE), Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club (BUCC), and Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity. With some of my friends and classmates, I also co-founded Buckeyeloop, Ohio State’s first student organization devoted to Hyperloop technology.
The fight against pancreatic cancer has been intertwined with my family for almost as long as I can remember. When I was 10 years old, I lost my father to this beast. Even in my young age, I always knew that he was one of the biggest supporters I would ever have in my life. One of my fondest memories with my dad was building model racecars for the annual Cub Scout derby. I’ve always been fascinated with learning how things work and building with my hands, and this project was something I looked forward to making with him each year. As he grew sicker and dealt with chronic pain, he continued to help and teach me. He was always present to support me in my interests and passions in spite of what the beast threw at him as time passed. He was a role model that I will look up to for the rest of my life. He was a gifted surgeon, artist, and musician, and the best father, husband, brother, and son anyone could ask for. He certainly deserved a full and long life with the opportunity to see my sisters and I graduate college and grow into adulthood. But as millions of families know, cancer does not discriminate whose life to enter and when.
Pancreatic cancer makes up 3.2% of new cancer diagnoses in the U.S., but around 7.9% of cancer deaths. Only 10% of patients diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas survive 5 years from their diagnosis, lower than any other cancer site. This survival rate has increased only 7% in the past 40 years. Compare this to prostate cancer, where innovations in medical care have increased 5-year survival rates from 68% to 98%. At The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James), medical specialists across many disciplines are actively working to develop new treatments and therapies for those fighting pancreatic cancer. By donating to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at The James, you’ll be supporting this ongoing fight and helping reach a future where no one will have to lose loved ones too soon to pancreatic cancer. Thank you again for visiting my page, and I hope that you consider donating any amount to this important cause.