Trish Espuga’s son, Ryan, was diagnosed with Chronic Pancreatitis when he was in college. When Trish reached out to the National Pancreas Foundation, they helped direct Ryan to the certified National Pancreatic Center at John Hopkins Medical Center. In 2018, Ryan had TPAIT surgery at Hopkins. The surgery was successful, and it gave Ryan his life back. He is now back in college and doing well.
Trish has worked for over twenty years in the meetings industry. She was Director of Sales Worldwide for Hilton Hotels. She currently works for American Express as a Trip Director, focusing primarily on pharmaceutical meetings. Trish plans on using her sales and meeting expertise to help both spread awareness of, and raise research funds for, pancreatic diseases.
Trish lives in New Jersey, and also has a daughter and grandson.