Pancreatic Cancer Day Proclaimed in Barrie

Local Woman Encourages Everyone To Raise Awareness About the Disease That Took Her Husband

Wearing Purple with a purpose.

The City of Barrie has proclaimed today Pancreatic Cancer Day in the city.

It’s aggressive and has the lowest survival rates of all major cancers. It’s estimated that 5800 Canadians will be diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in this year. Only eight percent of those diagnosed survive five years or longer.

Barrie resident Jenny Munn, who’s husband passed away due to the disease, hopes the proclamation will bring awareness to the community.

Munn’s husband Jeff, a father of two and a school teacher, was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer in December 2017. There were a few warning signs she says. “He had some backaches, but he was very athletic and involved in sports, he blamed it on old age.” But sometimes those aches and pains do mean something.

“Pancreatic cancer took my husband’s life but not his voice”

Jenny munn

When the pain got overbearing, the family sought medical help and Jeff was sent for biopsies in Toronto. By the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread significantly.

She hopes the city’s proclamation will bring more attention about pancreatic cancer to the community. Munn encourages everyone to visit health websites and take health quizzes to learn more about the disease.

We also urge everyone to wear purple today Munn adds. “We all heard about Alex Trebek and his journey with this disease; there definitely needs to be more consciousness.”

Pancreatic cancer took my husband’s life but not his voice. This is why my family and I want to encourage everyone to get involved.

We have so many amazing community and support groups, Munn adds.

“I appreciate the community and the services they provide for other people going through this journey. Gilda’s Club, Hospice Simcoe and Season Centre for Grieving Children have really helped our family.”

For more information on pancreatic cancer, including what signs to look for, visit the Cancer Care Ontario website.