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Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer

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Fight the World’s Toughest Cancer

In Canada, the 5-year net survival for pancreatic cancer is just 10%. We need to change patient outcomes for this deadly disease – but we can’t do it on our own. 

We need people like you to step up and make a difference in the lives of patients. In our pressing mission to save patients, we attack pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, awareness, and community advocacy.

Rick and Shelley Baker know all too well the costs this cancer brings. In 2016, Rick Baker was diagnosed at LHSC with stage IV pancreatic cancer. His treatment journey began with Dr. Stephen Welch at LHSC who was able to offer treatment but encouraged Rick and his wife, Shelley, to find options beyond what LHSC could offer. The Bakers found themselves traveling around the world in pursuit of experimental treatments and customized therapies to treat his cancer. Rick enrolled in various clinical trials and molecular profiling while abroad, to stabilize his cancer. Sadly, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Rick Baker passed away on September 22, 2020, but his legacy lives on.

Rick and Shelley have donated $1.5M to launch the Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer. The funds will go to improving access to care through enhanced coordination, providing more targeted personalized treatment using the latest technology and creating an intensive research program to develop new treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients. The goal is to have the centre fully funded which comes with a price tag of $9.5M.

This new Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer is vital, but we can’t do it without you. We are calling on our community to help us reach the $9.5 million needed to bring this vision to life.

Rick and Shelley's Story 



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