Susan L. Bader Foundation Gives $25,000 To Pancreatic Cancer Research fund

Susan L. Bader Foundation Gives $25,000 To Pancreatic Cancer Research fund in Honor of national pancreatic cancer awareness month

Susan Bader

According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer rates have risen 1.5 % per year since 2004. Overall cancer survival rates have improved over the past 40 years while pancreatic cancer survival rates have remained stagnant. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and continues to have the highest mortality rate of all cancers.

Government funding for cancer research is at an all time low and even lower for pancreatic cancer--allowing only 2% funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest federal research-funding source.  In contrast, the other four of the five top cancer killers (lung, breast, colon and prostate) receive over 6 times more funding from the NCI.

The Susan L. Bader Foundation of Hope raises money that goes directly to continuing pancreatic cancer research led by Dr. Joseph Cullen at the University of Iowa.  The Susan L. Bader Foundation has been supporting this research effort since 2005 and has raised over $240,000 operating as just a part time foundation with just a few volunteers. 

Beginning research started with the use of cells and proceeded to successful outcomes using mice. After several years Dr. Cullen and his team were approved to start their research in humans.  This phase I of the human clinical trials has shown great promise in treating patients with advanced stages of pancreatic cancer.  Phase I of the human pancreatic cancer research trials at the University of Iowa is completed and Dr. Cullen and his team are now preparing for phase II.

The SLB Foundation of Hope is solely responsible for funding the first phase of this research.

The SLB Foundation typically has two to three fundraising events per year.  Over this past year they hosted their golf outing at Springbrook Country Club in DeWitt, IA, the People and Pooches Walk in Eldridge, IA and in September they had a very successful golf outing in Seville Golf Club in Gilbert, AZ.

The Susan L. Bader Foundation was started in honor of Susan Bader of Eldridge Iowa who was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in 2004.  She knew her cancer was terminal with few to no treatment options.  She felt her life’s greatest contribution would be starting an organization that would help find treatments that might one day help others like her.

The money raised over this last summer will be donated in honor of pancreatic cancer awareness month and in memory on Susan L. Bader on her birthday this Thursday November 15th.

The SLB foundation continues to look for other opportunities to raise research funding and is interested in finding individuals or groups looking to have events to support this much needed research.  Please contact Amy Bader Takes at  563-343-5615.  Information can be found at our website,

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