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Forum, Nov. 12: Pancreatic cancer awareness

Published: 11/11/2022 10:00:03 PM
Modified: 11/11/2022 10:00:13 PM
Pancreatic cancer awareness month

This month is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and Nov. 17 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. In 2017, my dad was diagnosed, and after I saw the support Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) provided, I wanted to carry it forward, so I started volunteering with the Boston affiliate.

PanCAN’s mission is “to take action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing research, building community, sharing knowledge, and advocating for patients.” Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just 11%.

My dad was a Vietnam combat veteran turned businessman who left a successful career in New York City 27 years ago to move to New Hampshire to spend more time with his family. He dedicated his time to building a new community center in Wilmot and starting the youth lacrosse program in New London, becoming the director for over 20 years. My brothers and I were lucky to grow up with him coaching our lacrosse, baseball and football teams.

He was visiting me in San Diego when I noticed something was off. A month later, I sat crying in my car when he told me on the phone that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer and given six months to live.

Through his strong spirit, faith, and the support of friends and family, doctors and PanCAN, we were fortunate to spend four more years and have a few more family adventures with him. Through the help of PanCAN, he started a new immunotherapy treatment, but the cancer was unfortunately too advanced and he passed away last year.

We started the Bub Strong Foundation last year to raise money for the New London Outing Club, PanCAN and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Next summer will be the third annual golf scramble, pig roast and lacrosse tournament.

We have requested a proclamation from Gov. Sununu and contacted New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to highlight this month by wearing purple on the 17th and posting on social media. If you notice the Portsmouth Memorial Bridge and Hotel Concord illuminated purple, you’ll know why!

Tim Morgan

Grantham

US can’t win Ukraine war

I am anti-war. It’s an idiotic way to settle anything. The only winners are some politicians and corporations, most notably the bankers. They all get rich from it. Everyone else gets hurt or worse.

The only exception to this is in the case of wars of self-defense. They are necessary wars. It is a good war, a just war, when it’s fought to defend against enemy invasion. The U.S. has not fought such a war in our lifetimes. In fact, it hasn’t fought any such wars since possibly the War for Independence and, even then, disputes may have been settled without the bloodshed. It’s hard to say on that one. It’s been said that the U.S. has been at war for 92% of its history.

As for the current case in Ukraine, Washington is fighting a war, as per usual, on the other side of the world. The Russians see the aggression as an existential threat and have been clearly stating that for years. The expansion of NATO, which should have been dismantled decades ago, has moved up to and is surrounding Russia. This is about absorbing Russia on the way toward world conquest. The predator class that controls Washington seeks global domination. Isn’t that obvious? The Russians stand in their way. Joe Biden’s rainbow colored, LGBTQ army is not a threat to them. The Russians are still men, real men. They don’t dress in skirts and high heels.

The Biden administration can not win this. I don’t say that the Americans cannot win because I don’t believe that this administration represents America. I believe that it is, like modern administrations, merely puppets of the global agenda. They do not represent American interests. The only people in this world who think that we should move toward world war on behalf of the sick, corrupt government of Ukraine are those who sit before their televisions, listening to the despicable war propaganda of CNN, etc.

Neil Meliment

Hartland

Public outcry in Hanover

Dartmouth has stated that there has not been a public outcry against building dorms in my neighborhood. Here’s my outcry: I am steadfastly opposed to this project because it will disrupt the peaceful feel of our neighborhood. What I value the most about my neighborhood is ability of children to have independence because of the lack of heavy traffic, and that will be lost if these dorms are built.

Corinne Sullivan

Hanover




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