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Western Pennsylvania Hosts Free Pancreas Fair

Pancreas Fair on November 8, 2014 Boosts Awareness of Pancreatic Disease

PITTSBURGH, PA – Oct. 17, 2014 – The Western PA chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation(NPF), in partnership with Allegheny Health Network (AHN), is hosting Pancreas Fair 2014 on Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wexford Health+Wellness Pavilion,12311 Perry Highway, Wexford.

November is Pancreatic Disease Awareness Month. The Pancreas Fair 2014 presents a unique opportunity for patients and their loved ones to speak one-on-one with experts on a wide spectrum of topics in pancreas disease.

Topics will include: acute & chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, pain management, palliative care, nutrition, early detection, pancreas cysts, pancreas function, pancreatic surgeries, preventing pancreas disease and emotional support.

Admission is free thanks to the generosity of K&L Gates,LLP, Celgene, National Pancreas Foundation and Allegheny Health Network.

Free parking and refreshments will be available. To register, or for more information, contact April Burford at

“This is a great opportunity to improve awareness for patients, families, and loved ones. I am thankful to both the National Pancreas Foundation and the Allegheny Health Network for making this interactive event possible in the fight against pancreatic disease,” said Shyam J. Thakkar, MD, Director of Developmental Endoscopy, Allegheny Health Network

The National Pancreas Foundation

The National Pancreas Foundation(NPF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in Pittsburgh in 1997. Since that time, we have made it our mission to significantly influence the pancreatic research community and provide much needed information and resources to patients who are courageously battling pancreatic disease. NPF is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, and has a volunteer-based network of State Chapters supporting local fundraising, education and outreach efforts.

NPF provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting edge research, advocating for new and better therapies, and providing support and education for patients, caregivers, and health care professionals.NPF has funded more than $ 2.8 million in research grants.

About the Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital; the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute; a soon-to open medical mall; and a healthcare group purchasing organization.   The Network employs approximately 17,000 people, including more than 2,100 physicians on its medical staff.   The Network also serves as a clinical campus for both Temple University School of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine.