The Keep Smiling Foundation is a foundation that raises awareness for Pancreatic Cancer in honor of my father Michael Ammazzalorso who we lost 3 years ago. We raise awareness with his motto to always Keep Smiling and Keep Fighting through all the tough times in life.
CEO and Founder of The Keep Smiling Foundation
Some sobering facts about Pancreatic Cancer:
In 2018 an estimated 55,440 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and over 44,330 will die from pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States surpassing breast cancer. It is expected to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the US by the year 2020, surpassing colorectal cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years.
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 74% of all patients die within the first year of diagnosis.
The 5-year relative survival rate for people diagnosed at all stages of this disease is 8%. However, the 5-year survival rate for people diagnosed at an earlier stage with local disease is 32%.
Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.
Proceeds from all sales of Keep Smiling Apparel will go directly to the foundation with hopes of working towards increased research and development on treatment!