Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research


Grand Junction, Colorado

We received an unexpected introduction to the dire circumstances of pancreatic cancer with Jim’s diagnosis, surgery and treatment in 2010. We are very blessed that Jim is a survivor and is doing well 2 ½ years later. His surgery (Whipple Procedure) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction coupled with chemo-radiation treatment and periodic exams at the CU Cancer Center in Denver have shown us that there is hope in the remarkable, “world class” quality of care that is available right here in Colorado. The goals of Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research align perfectly with our personal mission – to raise statewide awareness of pancreatic cancer, especially the importance of early detection and the available treatment options, and to raise funds for the research and treatment programs at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, which is truly on the leading edge in the battle against pancreatic cancer. We are pleased to support Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Maureen Shul, Colin Weekes and others

Jim Comerford, Janet Comerford, Isaiah Weekes, Maureen Shul, Paula Sandoval and Dr. Colin Weekes at the University of Colorado Cancer Center

February 13, 2014

Dear Maureen,

I feel very lucky and blessed to have Dr. Colin Weekes as my doctor and Dr. Barish Edil, the surgeon who performed the pancreaticoduodenectomy (whipple) on me in December 2012. I am in the 10% bracket that make it through a year after diagnosis and hope to be in the 6% of the blessed ones who live longer than 5 years, and with the grace of God, I will.

I read about your losses and I want to express my condolences. Only those of us who have walked along those dreadful paths know the darkness that can be encountered when time is not our ally or when other circumstances don't come together in our favor.

Thank God for the CU Cancer Center doctors, staff and wonderful people like you who stand for those affected by cancer.


Lakewood, Colorado


From The Pueblo Chieftain

Published: November 24, 2013;
Battling pancreatic cancer

I was pleased to learn more about the University of Colorado Cancer Center and University of Colorado Hospital and their work in pancreatic cancer. In fact, it may be leading the national effort in its multi-disciplinary clinic serving more than 200 pancreatic cancer patients and performing more than 100 surgeries since last year.

The many specialties in major health issues at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus don’t always garner publicity across the state, even though many patients from all corners are served by CU physicians.

I was impressed to learn that the CU Center participated in a clinical trial in which a combination therapy was used, the first in 15 years, that showed clinically significant benefits for advanced stage pancreatic cancer.

As this month is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, I hope media sources alert the public about the stellar work going on at CU in health matters that touch so many lives from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer. Word has reached me that the multi-disciplinary approach to treatment has brought patients to Colorado from as far away as Europe.

As universities struggle for funding these days, this is surely an effort worthy of supporting.

Alvin Rivera
Pueblo, Colorado