Steve Jobs may be gone, but the disease that killed him is unfortunately still with us. Jobs’ ability to persist in the face of such odds is yet another way he was one in a billion. We can help others have the same fighting chance.


Steve Jobs may be gone, but the disease that killed him is unfortunately still with us. Pancreatic cancer is an especially deadly form of the cancer, with only one in five of those diagnosed surviving through their first full year following its detection. Jobs’ ability to persist and continue to work in the face of such odds is yet another way he was one in a billion. We can help others have the same fighting chance Jobs had by supporting research to help curb and cure pancreatic cancer, with earlier detection measures and better treatments.

Donate directly

One way to contribute is by donating directly to organizations dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a good example. It’s a not-for-profit that funds research, government advocacy, patient services and community outreach through funds it collects. President and CEO Julie Fleshman shared her condolences for the loss of Jobs, as well as a call to action in an open letter.

Johns Hopkins Medicine also has a dedicated pancreatic cancer research center, to which you can donate directly. Eighty percent of any donation made to Johns Hopkins goes directly to support the science and education efforts combating pancreatic cancer. The remaining 20 percent goes to Hopkins for infrastructure support to keep the organization running.

Donate indirectly through developers

Some developers have introduced plans to forward proceeds from the sale of their software to help fund the fight against pancreatic cancer. Realmac Software is one such company. For Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, all proceeds resulting from the sale of RapidWeaver, Analog, Courier or LittleSnapper will go to Pancreatic Cancer U.K. All are great-looking apps that also work very well, including Analog, the latest addition, which allows you to quickly and easily add Instagram-style effects to your photos in Mac OS X. All are available in the Mac App Store.

Marco Arment, developer of Instapaper, is also donating all revenue from the sale of his app Oct. 6 ($4.99, iOS Universal) to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The app lets you save text-heavy articles from the web in a streamlined format for offline reading on your iPhone or iPad.

Volunteer your time

November is actually National Pancreatic Awareness Month in the U.S., and you can participate by volunteering to help. Signing up in the U.S. is easy through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s dedicated site about the awareness event in November. The network will hook you up with your local affiliate, who’ll then provide more specific information about how you can help.

There’s also a bill before Congress to help devise a national strategy for fighting pancreatic cancer, which you can help along by contacting your local elected officials.

This isn’t a comprehensive look at your options for helping by any means, but it is a good starting point. Of course, it’s always a good idea to donate to or volunteer with the American Cancer Society (or your local national equivalent), too. Let us know if you have any other ways to help.

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  1. The developer of Instapaper is also donating all profits today (October 6th) to the Pancreatic Cancer Action network.

    1. Thanks Josh! Added it in.

  2. Everyone seems to be thinking the disease that Steve Jobs had was the same pancreatic cancer that also took the life of Patrick Swazey. This is not the case. The cancer that Steve Jobs had was carcinoid, not carcinoma. There is a VERY LARGE difference. PNETs may be just as deadly but it is very different. I know this because I have PNET cancer.

  3. I thought The Pancreas was a township in New Jersey.

  4. Why is Mr Jobs cancer being referred to as pancreatic cancer when he had cancer of the neuroendocrine cells. It is a completely different cancer. Neuroendocrine cancer can arise from cells in the breast, lung,thyroid, pancreas, intestines, ovaries, rectum, liver, stomach and are treated differently. To say he had pancreatic cancer is misleading and doesn’t help the cause of people with neuroendocrine cancer who suffer with wrong diagnosis and treatment.

  5. Google D.C.A. cancer see the Glem Beck video,My sister’s P.C. shrunk from it.

  6. Walker Hernandez Saturday, October 8, 2011

    There is so much controversy surrounding as to what cancer Steve Jobs actually had. Many people disagree with the notion that he had pancreatic cancer even though most of the sources are claiming that he actually had pancreatic cancer.

  7. While this lesser known, fast, aggressive and difficult-to-diagnose cancer has been declining in recent years, thanks in part to a decline in smoking, which is one of the top risk factors, no major advances in treatments or early detection have been made. http://bit.ly/reaflS

    1. stop pancreatic cancer Dolores Keo Monday, October 10, 2011

      Delores, The idea the pancreatic cancer is on a decline is in correct. The American Cancer Society had incorrect info on its site which was being corrected. ACS has admitted it used outdated info & pancreatic cancer is actually on the rise.

      As for thew type of cancer Steve Jobs had, he was open about the fact that he suffered from a type of pancreatic cancer. Visit http://www.pancan.org to learn more about the types, the statics & how you can help in the fight againt this “silent killer”.

      1. I found it hard to believe PC was on the decline, I can’t believe how many new cases are showing up in my area by nonsmokers, who drink very little, lead healthy lifestyles and “look” healthy.

  8. Don’t forget the Lustgarten Foundation (http://www.lustgarten.org). Due to a corporate sponsor, 100% of the donations to Lustgarten goes to pancreatic cancer research.

  9. My husband also suffers from neuroendocrine cancer. It is named as all cancers are from its place of origin. My husband’s started at the tip of his pancreas thus he has neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs had a whipple which says to me that his was in his pancreas also.

  10. Is there such a group like yours in Australia?

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