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Amy Macko’s work builds awareness

April 18, 2012
The Herald-Star

Amy Crim Macko, a former Bergholz resident, has been recognized for her many years of effort to bring awareness to pancreatic cancer.

She recently earned the Advocacy Coordinator of the Year Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Community Outreach Leadership Training Award in Chicago.

The cause is near and dear to Macko as her dad, George Crim, was a Bergholz resident when he died of pancreatic cancer in 2006.

"His death was devastating to me and changed my life dramatically," Macko said.

Nominated for the award by the Columbus affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Macko competed with other volunteer advocacy coordinators across the country.

She has been described as someone who can "talk to anyone, sharing powerful facts about pancreatic cancer in a way that makes people stop and listen."

In fact, Macko has made it her passion to talk with elected officials' staff members and educate them about the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act. Along those lines, she has spent countless hours securing proclamations and other recognition concerning Ohio during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which is November, and that includes Steubenville Council and the Jefferson County commissioners.

The Tri-State Area continues to suffer with exceptionally high cancer incident rates, especially pancreatic cancer. The fact is there are few known risk factors for the cancer and there are no early detection methods, and because of these factors, pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly misdiagnosed cancer. It also has the highest mortality rate.

We commend Macko for her continuous efforts to bring awareness to this deadly disease. And part of her efforts includes the annual Advocacy Day, this year set for June 25-26. The event allows area residents affected in some way by the disease, as well as those with concerns, to urge members of Congress to make pancreatic cancer a higher national priority. Its theme is "Know It, Fight It and End It, and we couldn't agree more when it comes to furthering pancreatic research.

 
 

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