Creating Hope.
      Supporting a Cure.


Pancreatic Cancer Association of WNY PO Box 24580        Rochester, NY  14624


Our beginnings were humble

Our mission keeps us humble.


About Us

Fall 2009...

Three women discovered an unlikely and unfortunate bond that would change their lives forever.Pancreatic Cancer, these three ladies found that they had more in common than they could ever have imagined -- they were all from the Rochester area, and were fighting pancreatic cancer in some way. Judy Rockafellow and Mary Pettinaro had lost a husband and a brother in 2009 respectively, and Lynn Platt's mother, who passed in 2010,

was fighting the disease at the time. Their fervent desire to battle back and fight this dreadful disease was the first step taken towards our collective fight against pancreatic cancer.

Today and beyond tomorrow...

We continue to expand our outreach efforts beyond the annual walk to educate the community about pancreatic cancer (symptoms, risk factors, research progress) and provide support to patient/families.


OUR MISSION: to create awareness, raise funds, and advocate for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Association of WNY is committed to

  • bringing more awareness  to pancreatic cancer and the vital need for funding to advance research critical to understanding the genesis of the disease which can lead to identifying early detection measures.
  • educating the community on the risk factors and symptoms of pancreatic cancer, treatment options, and research efforts so they can have more informed dialogues with physicians about their health and medical care, or that of their loved ones.  
  • offering support to patients and their families to help them remain strong in the fight.