State Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) today applauded the House Health and Aging Committee’s passage of legislation aimed at raising awareness and supporting research for pancreatic cancer.

“Any cancer-related death is a tragedy,” said Hackett. “By raising awareness and increasing support for pancreatic cancer research, we hope to lessen the devastation that this disease causes so many Ohio families.”

Senator Hackett joined Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) in co-sponsoring House Bill 414 last December after constituent Jocelyn Smith, of Beavercreek, approached him with the suggestion. Smith's mother is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

It is estimated that by 2020 the number of deaths caused by pancreatic cancer will surpass the number caused by colon cancer, becoming the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

If passed, the bill will allow motorists to voluntarily purchase Ohio Pancreatic Cancer Awareness license plates through the Ohio Registrar’s office. Proceeds from license plate sales will support research and awareness efforts through the national Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

House Bill 414 now goes to the Rules Committee where it awaits referral to the full House for a vote.

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