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Cathy Griffith #18 | Booster

Location: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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Cathy is a wife, mother of two amazing sons and became a widow at the age of 48. Her husband, Greg Griffith, was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic and liver cancer in the prime of his life. He then passed at age 50 after a heroic 19 month battle. Greg was told the cancer was advanced and that time was limited. It was with hearing this that he said to his doctor “What can Cathy and I do to help you?” The doctors were amazed to hear this from a terminally ill patient. From there, a new trajectory for pancreatic cancer had begun with those words spoken by Greg Griffith. It was through God’s love and grace that Cathy was able to remain calm and steadfast in the midst of a ferocious tornado called pancreatic cancer. It is through helping others that mends the brokenhearted. It is Cathy’s desire to help change our world and the outcome of pancreatic cancer by uniting us all in the fight. Cathy Griffith, is President of the Greg & Cathy Griffith Family Foundation, member and advocate for American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association Cancer Researcher (AACR), and a Research Advocate Network Scholar (RAN). Cathy attended the American Association of Cancer Researchers in Atlanta, GA in December 2013. She also obtained her certification as an AACR Pancreatic Advocate Scholar. Cathy was the American Society Clinical Oncology Pancreatic Research Advocate Network Scholar in Chicago in June 2014. In addition, Cathy attended the NIH conference on Sept. 10th. She met w/Dr. Maitra of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas. Dr. Maitra is an expert in genetics of pancreatic cancer and the development of targeted therapies for the disease. Cathy also had an opportunity to meet w/Dr. Perwez Hussain. Dr. Hussain, Head of Pancreatic Cancer Unit at National Cancer Institute, performs research focused on identifying therapeutic targets in pancreatic cancer. Since the inception of the GFF, Cathy has remained active in the community raising awareness for pancreatic cancer and the Griffith Family Foundation Sideline Cancer® campaign. She has spoken to the Hollidaysburg Rotary, Tyrone Wellness Center, Caring for Kids With Cancer, the American Cancer Society, Kiwanis, St. Vincent DePaul dinner, and she continues to speak at many local churches, schools, and universities. In addition, collaborations continue with Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer Summit Conference. Additionally, Cathy is a member at large of the Digestive Disease National Coalition and was asked to be a speaker on March 1, 2014 in Washington D.C. The Griffith Family Foundation has two major campaigns throughout the year. The Griff’s Run and Gun is held in July with a three day weekend including a dinner and silent auction, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, and a Tee Off For a Cure golf tournament to sum up the weekend. In addition, Sideline Cancer® is another major campaign which has become the “signature” fundraising event! The concept started with a group of seniors at the Hollidaysburg High School in 2012. It started out as Tackle Cancer, which surrounded a football game night and T-shirt sale campaign. At the Penn State Altoona Pancreatic Symposium in 2012, the Griffith Family Foundation was introduced to Jack Andraka, who is the 2012 Intel Science and Engineering Fair Winner, Amateur Cancer Researcher, Education Activist, Medical Entrepreneur, and an Innovator. He suggested a name that would reflect all school activities and participation. The name Sideline Cancer® was then birthed due to his suggestion and a collaborative effort from the Griffith Family Foundation and students. The name Sideline Cancer® has been trademarked through the Griffith Family Foundation. Sideline Cancer® events can be hosted by any school, office, or company, with all proceeds going to the Griffith Family Foundation and pancreatic research. To date, the GFF has raised over $400,000.00 and donates 70% fundraising dollars to pancreatic research.

Alma Mater: Allegany Community College (MD)
Salary: $0