Katie Couric's Notebook: Patrick Swayze


It was a year ago this month Patrick Swayze bravely opened our historic Stand Up 2 Cancer, a three network fundraising event.

He said, "I dream that everyone diagnosed will be fortunate enough to have hope." Patrick lost a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer, but he never lost that hope.

More than 42-thousand people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. It's one of the deadliest with the worst one-year and five-year survival rates.

I lost my sister Emily to that disease in 2001.

At Stand Up 2 Cancer, 18-million dollars has already been awarded to a dream team of doctors hoping to find answers to the mysteries this disease presents.

A leader of that team, Dr. Craig Thompson, reminds us that two thirds of people diagnosed with cancer recover and lead long, healthy lives.

It's all about reaching that other third - and eventually offering something more than just hope - better treatments, and maybe one day, a real cure.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.

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