Letter to the Editor

Thank you to all

Dear Editor:

On Oct 24th 2015, the Naomi Bagdon Believe in a Cure Foundation, Inc. hosted the 4th Annual Believe in a Cure Walk for Pancreatic Cancer on DCR\Revere Beach BLVD. The Walk had approximately 45 registered participants who generated just over $9,000 in donations.

I would like to thank Louis Padova, owner of the Shipwreck Lounge, and “Boston Bob” for their continued support in hosting the walk since our first walk in 2012. The Shipwreck has opened its doors and put out food for the participants at the start and finish every year.

In Aug. of 2012 the Naomi Bagdon Believe in a Cure Foundation, Inc. was established. We are a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit organization that was organized to help fight and find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.

Naomi (Chamness) Bagdon was born and raised in Revere. She graduated from Revere High in 1977.  For the next 20 years, she served in the U.S Air Force on a combined active and reserve status all over the world in the law enforcement career field. She retired as a TSgt. out of the 66th S.F.S. at Hanscom Air Base. There she met her loving husband Jay Bagdon. Among her many military decorations, Naomi was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for her actions at the Flugtag Air Show disaster at Ramstein Air Force Base-Germany on Aug. 28, 1988.

In 2010, Naomi was diagnosed with the devastating disease Pancreatic cancer. Due to her love of life, family and friends, and her strong will, she fought long and hard to beat this disease. After an 18-month battle, she passed away on Feb 22nd 2012 at the young age of 53.

The one-year survival rate of people with pancreatic cancer is 28%, and the five-year survival rate is 7%. If the cancer is detected at an early stage when surgical removal of the tumor is possible, the five-year survival rate is about 26 percent.

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