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Thank you for visiting the Illinois Chapter page, and welcome to our community of volunteers dedicated to the support of patients with pancreatic disease. We invite you to join us at one or more of our local events in support of this cause. Please see below for upcoming activities in your area!

If you would like to become more involved and volunteer in your state, please contact your Chapter Chair (information below).

Chapter Chair
Ruth Ericson
Medical Director
Rajesh N. Keswani, MD





Pancreas Diseases Educational Symposium:
Diagnosis, Treatment Care and Support for patients, caregivers & families

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue: Prentice Women’s Hospital
Rm L-South (3rd Floor)
250 E Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The National Pancreas Foundation and the Digestive Health Center of  Northwestern Medicine presents a patient-centered educational event.

The main goals are to increase understanding of the immediate and long-term impact of pancreatitis on health, ability to function; to discuss the approach to getting your voice heard; approaches through mindfulness as a method of pain relief and helping you understand if a total pancreatectomy is right for you. We will also discuss updates and resources available at the National Pancreas Foundation (the NPF) national office, the local chapter, and the approved centers in the State of Illinois.

Experts from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the NPF will be on hand to share important information and answer your questions about pancreatitis.

– Transitioning to Home
– Nutrition, Pain Management, and Support
– Patient Perspective
– Panel Discussion
– Fun Activities for children and young people

The event is free and open to all patients and caregivers with a light breakfast and Door prizes.

To register, please go here:


Pancreas Disease is no Trivial Matter

Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Venue: Emerson’s Ale House
113 South Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL, USA

For tickets, please CLICK HERE

Please join us for an afternoon of fun, noshing on appetizers and trivia. We will gather to remember Rob Ericson and raise money for researching a cure for pancreatic disease – pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis (the disease that took Rob’s life). 

Every attendee will receive a gift bag. We will also have: 

*Silent Auction – 3 sets of Cubs tickets

*Raffle Baskets – Raffle tickets are 2 for $10 or 5 for $20

*50/50 Raffle –  At the end of the event, the money will be counted and 50% of the money collected will go to the winning ticket holder and 50% will go to the NPF

*Sports Memorabilia – Bid on autographed jerseys, photos, balls, caps

Ask your friends, family members, and neighbors to attend with you. Let’s grow this event! If each of you invites one person and they attend, we have doubled our attendance. 

If pancreatic disease is the storm, then we are the warriors that are fighting that storm. Your donation means you are helping to fight the storm Rob can no longer fight!


In Collaboration with The National Pancreas Foundation, the NPF Illinois Chapter, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital: The Many Faces of Pancreatic Disease

Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Northwestern Memorial Hospital McGaw Medical Center
Building Room 1-401
240 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(Parking will be validated)

We will be covering pain management, nutrition, behavioral medicine, and more!

For more information and to register for the event, please click here:

For any questions, please contact David Jones by EMAIL.


Join us for an evening of fun and casino games as we raise money to end pancreas disease and remember Rob Ericson. Each $40 entry ticket will include appetizers, $150 in funny money and a free app card for use on a return visit to the Tap House Grill. Additional raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

Date: April 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Tap House Grill
56 W. Wilson Street, Palatine, IL

To purchase tickets, please go here:


Photo Gallery of Past Events

Strike Out Pancreas Disease!

NPF Centers

NPF Centers focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis by treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. To view more information on the criteria to be an approved NPF Center, please click here.

Treatment Centers located in this state are:

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
675 N. St. Clair St., Suite 17-250
Chicago, IL 60611
University of Chicago 
5700 S. Maryland Ave.  MC8043
Chicago IL 60615
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System
1740 W Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612

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