Author raises funds for pancreatic cancer research

By on August 14, 2019

Area resident Randi Jacobs is a 10-year pancreatic cancer survivor, but thanks to the research at Penn Medicine, she was able to receive critical testing that saved her life.

Now, one of Jacobs’s closest friends is joining the fight to end this deadly disease forever.

Local author and Lititz resident Sherry Ostroff is supporting Jacobs in a unique way — throughout the month of September, Ostroff will donate a portion of the proceeds of her books towards continued research for early detection and improved treatment options.

“I know that Randi is very fortunate to be a pancreatic cancer survivor,” Ostroff said of the pair’s relationship. “Unfortunately she has lost several close relatives to this deadly disease,” she added.

“Every year, I have watched her work tirelessly to raise funds for a cure. Since I just published my second book in March, I thought this would offer a different avenue for people to donate and at the same time read a book.”

Entitled “The Lucky One,” Ostroff’s novel is her mother’s handwritten memoir about her escape from Eastern Europe in the 1920’s, and describes life in the former Pale of Settlement (then Russian territory) and the dangerous conditions for Jews living in the shtetls (towns).

Randi Jacobs (left) is shown with Lititz author Sherri Ostroff, each one holding copies of books penned by Ostroff. During the month of September, the author will donate a percentage of her book sales towards the fight against pancreatic cancer. Photo by Missi Mortimer.

“My mother’s only recourse was to leave and wade through the cumbersome US immigration laws meant to keep Eastern Europeans from entering the country,” Ostroff explained.

“Sherry and I belonged to the same congregation, and were both members of our Temple’s Sisterhood organization,” Jacobs said. “We quickly became friends after we met. She and I have known each other for quite a while, and Sherry is one of my closest friends.”

Jacobs will also be participating in Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleStride walk on November in Philadelphia.

“My goal is to help raise as much awareness as possible about this deadly disease,” Jacobs added. “I want people to know that clinical trials are being held across the country &tstr; early detection can save lives, as it did for me 10 years ago after I participated in Penn Medicine’s clinical study.”

Books are available in paperback and e-book forms on Amazon.com. Ostroff will also be signing copies at Barnes & Noble, 1700 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, on Sept. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. She will also be speaking and signing books at Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Dr., Lancaster, on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

On Nov. 2, Jacobs also plans to take part in the PanCAN’s PurpleStride Philadelphia walk to end pancreatic cancer. She will join Ann’s Dream Team to support her as well as to honor the memories of her mother and grandmother and celebrate her 10-year survival. Jacobs’ team goal is to raise $3,000 which will benefit the programs of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423. 

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