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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Mission: The mission of the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is to provide unwavering support to those afflicted or affected by pancreatic cancer through our four core programs, direct financial assistance, early detection research, patient advocacy and educational awareness.

Results: NPCF has assisted over 80 families across the United States with basic living costs while they were in treatment for pancreatic cancer. NPCF has funded early detection research for the last four years by funding the University of Colorado Foundation pancreatic cancer research department. NPCF and volunteers have held fundraisers all over the country to create more funding and awareness for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Target demographics: pancreatic cancer patients

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 30 families keep roofs over their heads, the electricity on and food on the table.

Geographic areas served: health

Programs: Direct financial assistance, patient advocacy, early detection research and educational awareness.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I, Angela Gilchrist, have been diagnosed of pancreas cancer since 2014. I'm still fighting, I keep the faith because without that i wouldn't make it. I met all requirements and they blessed me too pay my bills so I would like to say thanks to the NPCF Foundation, it was a true blessing.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer after I lost my Uncle. This foundation was my healing process and has allowed me to grow and help others who have been impacted by the disease. It feels good to be part of the compassion, support, and change.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I was diagnosed in September 2017 with pancreatic cancer, I received assistance recently, and received payment for my March due Mtg payment, Thank you so much for the help. The process was not difficult and service was very heartfelt and warming.

Alicia M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in August 2017. I am currently receiving chemo as of October 2017. I am a widower with only one income. The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation has helped me financially so that I can concentrate on getting better & fighting this cancer. I was having so much stress trying to fugure out how to pay the medical bills & the other bills on top of my rent. Thank you National Pancreactic Cancer Foundation for your help & support. I deeply appreciate your help. God bless you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation has been real heaven sent angels. They were so helpful when our family really needed help, when we found out about my husbands pancreatic cancer diagnosis it really was so devastating to us we didn't know what we were going to do, but with my husband's wonderful medical team, prayers from friends and family, and we definitely can't forget NPCF help, we pulled through. We thank you all for your kind patience, help and unconditional understanding thank GOD for people like you guys at NPCF you are truly life savers, you were there when we were running out of hope. Thank you again, and GOD bless you.



Sincerely

Mrs. Danyel Strapp

Erna P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Erna Lacy and I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on August 13 2013 after losing my mother earlier that same year .Thank you for all the assistance you have provided ,it’s been a blessing to me when I need ed it the most.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June of this year. I lost my job effective September of this year do to my sickness. I have been struggling financially and emotionally worrying how I was gonna pay my rent and other bills. I would like to say thanks to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and Rhonda Hartfield for helping me with my rent. Now im able to concentrate on my treatments , getting better and not having to worry about a place to live.
Thanks so much.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5


My story by Herbert Francis pancreatic cancer patient, warrior, fighter, husband, father, grandfather.

How we were helped by people we don’t even know. We were blessed to have found National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

My life changed on May 17, 2017 ten days after my Whipple surgery, 27 days after I first got sick and 7 days after the pathologist received my samples. I thought I had been given a death sentence. I vowed to fight, never give up, never ever quit.

The hospital bills were piling up, not to mention the mortgage, electric, phone, water, co-pays and deductibles. It adds up quickly. As of the writing of this paper I now have charges of over $277,333.00 not a small sum at all.

Thankfully I found the wonderful people at National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. (NPCF) These people are the best, not only do they provide information and guidance for pancreatic cancer patients and their families, they also provide financial assistance to those in need. I am truly grateful for the help they gave my wife and myself regarding our mounting financial obligations.

After reading about the work they do and the aide they offer we decided to apply for assistance. Thankfully they did help, they paid our mortgage payment for us. That is one less thing we should worry about. Thank you so very much for your kindness.

It is hard enough facing pancreatic cancer, but worrying about paying the bills only adds to the stress of this diagnosis. Because of the generosity of the folks at NPCF that is one less thing we must consider.

I started chemo on June 1st and I am expected to finish sometime around Christmas. I have missed three infusions so far because of fluctuating blood counts. My wife and my family can focus their energy toward me and my disease because of the help we received from our friends at NPCF.

I urge anyone who reads this to help in any way possible, your donation, your time and even your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated by those of us who must face the most horrible disease known to man.

Herb and Lori Francis

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer in May of this year. My wife and I live on a fixed income as we are both retired. Just getting to the diagnosis was very expensive with multiple hospital visits and test. Once we got the diagnosis I thought theres no way we can afford all this. My wife had a kidney transplant 3 years ago and we have no savings left. When we were told about NPCF we thought maybe, maybe they can help us. We just received the letter stating they were going to help as I was leaving for my 2nd round of chemo. The weight it lifts off our shoulders is amazing. I feel like we can breath now. Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an advocate with the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes in Ithaca, NY. I assisted a client with no internet resources in her application to NPCF. This woman had run out of short term disability, was not scheduled to receive long term disability for more than two months, and is on a very tiring chemotherapy regimen to treat her pancreatic cancer. The stress created by her looming financial crisis was definitely affecting her health. The NPCF came through with funding to cover her rent and electric bill in TWO business days! I cannot express how grateful and relieved she and I both are. Thank you, NCPF, for your generous help and for giving this sweet lady breathing room so that she can put her focus where it needs to be right now; on healing and taking care of herself!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Words are not enough to express my hearthfelt appreciation for the help you've given me. As a senior who does not have much financial resources, the assistance you provided will take a lot of stress off of me. I have prayed to God to intervene and he provided that help on time. Thank you very much for the good work you do. I wish you all the best and keep up the good work.
Sincerely,
Mary

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

After having pancreatic cancer surgery, I could no longer work. My husband had already been idled by heart issues only a couple of months before. We had exhausted most of our resources before we found the National Pancreatic cancer Foundation. They have bean awesome, helping us with some of our normal living expenses, taking some of the pressure off. Currently doing six weeks of radiation/chemo and then more chemo. The NPCF has bean a Godsend for us. Thank you NPCF!!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with a rare pancreatic cancer known as Stage 4 Neuroendocrine Carcinoma with two large liver tumors. It was a shock to our whole family financially and emotionally. The hospital bills so far are $18,000.00. NPCF has been a wonderful blessing to us in our time of need.

Thank you!!!!!!! God bless each of you!!!!!!!

Karlan Zarley

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a 8 months before I contacted this charity. He had to quit working due to treatment and pain level. He is only 37 and we have 3 children at home. We were fortunate enough for him to get approved for disability but that is just not enough to be able to pay all of the bills and the new medical bills plus feed our family. I am so grateful for this charity. They made the application process easy and their response time is quick. I even had an issue with my mortgage company misplacing a payment that was made and they worked with me to get it corrected. I cannot say enough great things about them. This time in my life is extremely stressful and it is charity organizations like this that bring a little bright light into our life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 52 year old father of 3 that was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. NPCF paid our mortgage for December 2016 and I am hoping they will pay for 6 months. I can't work due to meds and chemo, and this has been a great help for me. I am very grateful for the help they have given me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Don't throw your money away. Check how they spend their money (see their 990 IRS forms for free at charitynavigator.com.) Out of $317,000 they gave only $10,000 to research. The director supports herself with this foundation.

Comments ( 1 )

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rhonda17 05/03/2017

Our main program is direct financial assistance to patients and families to assist them with basic living costs. Research is not our main program. If you want your donation to go to research there are 23 other pancreatic cancer foundations in North America that fund research. We recommend you find an organization that meets your personal giving. As you can see from our other reviews we have helped many families during this difficult battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Review this charity's financials before donating. Most of the funds go to support the director's lifestyle, trips, car, and computer. This is a misleading foundation. Beware!!

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rhonda17 05/03/2017

This individual is not a donor and never has been a donor of NPCF. NPCF encourages you to review our 990s. If you have any questions regarding our financials we encourage you to contact us directly at info@npcf.us or 800-859-6723. We are happy to discuss and explain how to read and understand a 990 tax form.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with PNETS, pancreatic cancer November of 2012 in an emergency room after becoming jaundice. I was immediately sent to palliative care and the insinuation was I had but days to live. My head was spinning. Other than being jaundice I felt fine. What a rollercoaster it has been. One of the best physicians and oncological surgeons right in my own backyard performed a 13 hour Whipple procedure and saved my life. Cancer has since metastasized but due to different combinations of chemotherapy I have had a. wonderful quality of life for over 3 .years. I recently moved to New Hampshire and am planning activities galore. NPCF has provided fantastic information and inspiration and emergency funding when times were most difficult. NPCF is a part of the quality of life my Doctors promised in the beginning. Thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation has been a life saver! The foundations' ability to offer financial assistance to our family, allowing me to work reduced hours and be with my husband for his treatments, is the nicest thing to be a part of. Words can not describe the thankfulness I have. Even though maintaining some normalcy and trying to continue working are important, I have discovered that there is nothing more precious than time. I will never get back the time I am unable to spend with my husband, and have realized life is too short to miss these moments. Thanks again to an amazing organization!

1 Donna240

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer at 33 years old. He is the sole provider for his wife and 2 young children. As if it isn't devastating enough to get this diagnosis, but also factor in that he can no longer financially support his family. I have seen the physical and emotional pain he has been going through during this battle. As I searched and searched for resources for him and his family to just help them get by, provide a little relief, I kept hitting dead ends. Until I found the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. The kindness and support they have shown is beyond remarkable. They have been true angels! If there were more foundations like this, with the genuinely kind people running it - this world would be a much better place! I cannot say enough wonderful things about them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about this foundation. I was so lucky that I found them, as I was on the verge of loosing our home and everything that we worked for all our life. It is so comforting to know that there are people out there that help out this great cause. I am so grateful, words just can even describe. My most sincere thanks to the NPCF.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got pancreatic cancer in July of 2014. As my cancer progressed and I went through chemo, I found that the co$t of co-pays for medications; for surgeries; for biopsies; and everything in general were exorbitant. I found myself pushed into poverty, and I became desperate for financial help.

Right then I found the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation! I couldn't believe that an organization existed, for ANY illness, much less pancreatic cancer, that would do so very much to help sufferers of this horrid disease - and just when I needed it most!

The Foundation, and Rhonda in particular, have always been very fair and absolutely prompt in responding to all of my requests and needs. Rhonda has gone out of her way to assist me on a number of occasions, for instance, in getting a payment out to a creditor on a schedule so that it is not late. I have received help in paying my rent in full for 6 months; and also gas and electric bills, and my phone bill.

It has been not just a pleasure but a delight to have the NPCF in my life. They have helped me more than I could ever imagine. And the impact of this help has significantly lowered my stress, fear, and worry level; enabling me to focus on healing, doing the many things that I had to do, to address pancreatic cancer.

The NPCF is one GREAT foundation! I will remember them and be grateful to them for the rest of my life. Truly, I give them the highest recommendation that a foundation of this kind can ever receive!

Thank you, NPCF!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2015 me and my family had been going threw some difficult moments, due to the fact my wife had suffered an accident earlier that year exactly on my birthday Feb. 6 that caused her severe brain trauma. My daughter has been helping me with my financial needs but she lost her job 2 years ago so she is limited in her help since she has a family of her own. At the beginning of my treatment she knew what came with all the treatments and she was asked if I had any financial difficulties and she responded to the question and thanks to her and to an amazing team in the MCGlinn cancer institution that provided us with your non profit organization, the case worker Lisa Capparella got all the documents needed to participate in this this non profit organization. And weather we get help or not I'm grateful for the opportunity given to me to work with many great people. People that take time to help those in need May God Bless you all and May this organization keep helping those in need.

Truly
Santos Casiano

1 Cjaksch

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have worked with the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation on several fundraisers, their dedication and passion for what they do is phenomenal. They truly make a difference in people's lives battling this terrible disease. Thank you NPCF for all you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is real heart in this organization and the people they help truly appreciate it. This is by far one of the most passionate foundations I've dealt with, and I work in non-profits. Thank you for all you do!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an excellent charity, the work with the public and the exemplary professionalism is above par. I have supported many charities in the past, and these people reay know how to do it right. I look forward to continuing the support Rhonda and her team for years to come. I wanted to say thanks for everything you guys do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Rhonda, the CEO and president of the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, and I can not say enough about the drive, and commitment she has to helping families during their difficult times with pancreatic cancer. This foundation has a great "foundation" to helping people take on Pancreatic cancer and assist those in financial need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

What a great foundation to get the word out on pancreatic cancer!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredibly organized and thoughtful foundation. Every dollar raised benefits families fighting this terrible disease in real and meaningful ways, including helping people pay day to day bills and making sure that background noise issues are taken care of so that the fight can take a central focus.

Staff members are compassionate and focused and concerned about using their resources, including volunteer and staff time, to the best advantage.

Review from Guidestar

Matthew53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My father-in-law is a pancreatic cancer survivor so I have witnessed first hand how devastating this disease is for the patients and their families. The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is providing much needed relief during THE MOST stressful time for these families. My family and I will continue to support this foundation for a long time.

1 Elaine50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have participated in a few fund raising events for the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. These events are always so much fun, so well organized and the volunteers and staff are always very knowledgeable, friendly and caring. This Foundation is trustworthy and caring, the staff and volunteers are active in the community and dedicated to the treatment and support of Pancreatic cancer patients, their families and their friends.

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1 Matt88

Client Served

Rating: 5

The 5K I attended for National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation was a great event! The walk itself was a good coarse and the view was tremendous! I learned about how the foundation helps people with everyday expenses and that warms my heart. Enjoyed my experience and will do it next year!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped so many families across the country to reduce the stress of their treatment of pancreatic cancer by providing them with financial assistance that helps them keep a roof over their head and food on their table. The staff is kind and attentive when dealing with each and every person who inquires about the foundation and go above and beyond in every aspect! Thank you NPCF for what you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer . I was not able to work as much because of the radiation and chemotherapy pills I was receiving daily .I reached out to THE NATIONAL PANCREATIC CANCER FONDATION for some assistance with rent this fondation was unbelievable .I was so grateful that I found them and what I was grateful for the most was knowing that they had my back anytime I needed them they put me at ease I am so forever thankful . This  fondation is truly amazing

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Donor

Rating: 1

I think the people in this foundation who have a heart for this cause are interested in doing good. However, though they say in general what they are doing with your money they are not forthcoming with what percent they are spending toward patient needs vs expenses vs research which makes we wonder whether I or my friends should donate any additional funds.

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rhonda17 12/11/2014

Unfortunately this person who wrote this review is not a donor of NPCF, and only attended one event. She informed NPCF of what she considered a poor experience at annual event, and we refunded her tickets for 16 people. None of the other people included in her group felt the same way she did. Our financials are available online and anyone can look up what percentage goes where in our organization. We have assisted over 80 families keep their roof over their head, electricity on, and food on their tables while going through this devastating disease. We realize not everyone is going to agree with our mission or our goals and encourage everyone to donate to the organization that fits best with your vision.

Review from Guidestar