Arresting the silent killer

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Pancreatic cancer is one of Australia’s most deadly diseases. Amy Hosking and Julia Thiemann tell a video story about a deadly disease, love, death and hope. 

Steve Jobs died from pancreatic cancer.

ABOUT 2,000 people in Australia are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year.

It is called the 'silent killer', since most of these patients had been growing the tumours for many years — long before they could even feel any symptoms.

Avner Nahmani was told he was suffering from this disease in 2007 — right after he and his wife Caroline have moved into their dream house in Avalon. The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was a shock for them. But, they still found the strength to set up a fund to support research on pancreatic cancer.

Avner believed:
"…the difference between a long life and a painful death is research."

Now, 5 years later, through the tireless work of Caroline Kelly, and the help from Avner's friends and supporters, such as Grant O'Brien, CEO at Woolworths Ltd, the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation has raised almost $2.5 million and been a huge success.

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