AUGUSTA – Four people, all wearing purple ribbons, met recently with Gov. John Baldacci to ask him to proclaim November pancreatic cancer awareness month in Maine. The group included Stan Hill, a 7-year pancreatic cancer survivor; and his wife, Gail from Turner. Betsy Kunkle from Damariscotta, whose husband died of pancreatic cancer in 1999, is the Team Hope coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) in Maine. Megan Hannan from the American Cancer Society also joined the group.

Hill is one of few people who survives pancreatic cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 200 Maine people will die of pancreatic cancer this year.

Anyone interested in joining Team Hope in Maine can contact Betsy Kunkle at PO Box 520, Damariscotta, ME 04543. For more information, call Betsy Kunkle, PanCAN member, at 207-563-8888; Stan Hill, PanCAN member and cancer survivor, 207-784-9311; or Megan Hannan, American Cancer Society, 207-373-3707.

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