A group from central Ohio traveled to the nation’s capital this week, to encourage lawmakers to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Bill.
Sandy Karnes’ husband, former Franklin County Sheriff Jim Karnes, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer five weeks after his 2011 diagnosis, 10TV News reported.
Sandy Karnes said that she continues to honor his legacy by bringing awareness to help find a cure for the disease, which is one of the most lethal, painful cancers for someone to have.
“It was very traumatic. We missed a lot of signs, but I feel it’s very important to go and help advocate for this bill,” Sandy Karnes said. Officials said that more than 180,000 people have died from this disease within the last five years.
If the bill becomes law, it would authorize the National Cancer Institute to provide more funding in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
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June 2, 2011: Franklin County Sheriff Jim Karnes Dies At 71
May 13, 2011: Franklin County Building Named In Honor Of Karnes
April 26, 2011: Franklin County Sheriff Karnes Treated For Pancreatic Cancer