News Archives

The five most recent PCCF articles are listed within the Recent News box to the right of each page. Previous articles not listed as Recent News will then be moved to this archival listing in order to track past Foundation news.

06/15/16 - In June of 2016, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its second quarter grant to the 15-40 Connection.

Q2-2016: 15-40 Connection

01/15/16 - In January of 2016, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its first quarter grant to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Sarah J. Sadowski.

Q1-2016: Dana-Farber

2015:

12/01/15 - In December 2015, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance in support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Research Center.

Q4-2015: PCA - UMass Med

11/02/15 - As 2015 comes to a close, we hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with a tax deductible donation.

2015 Appeal Letter PDF

08/01/15 - In August of 2015, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its annual grant to Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Q3-2015: Saint John's

06/01/15 - In June of 2015, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its annual grant to the 15-40 Connection to fulfill our awareness mission.

Q2-2015: 15-40 Foundation

04/01/15 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its 1st-quarter grant for 2015 to Beth O'Rourke.

Q1-2015: Beth O'Rourke

2014:

11/04/14 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation has given a grant to the Taussig Cancer Institute, which is part of the Cleveland Clinic.

Q4-2014: Taussig Institute

10/22/14 - In October 2014, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made a donation to the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Q4-2014: PCA - UMass Med

10/01/14 - In lieu of past fundraising events which were costly to run, we are now relying on our annual appeal letter as our only fundraiser for the Foundation. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

2014 Appeal Letter PDF

08/01/14 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its 3rd-quarter grant for 2014 to Saint John’s High School providing restricted aid scholarships for graduates of Worcester’s Nativity School. As many of our foundation donors know, Patrick was a 1990 graduate of Saint John’s.

Q3-2014: Scholarships PDF

05/01/14 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its 2nd-quarter grant for 2014 to the 15-40 Foundation to aid cancer awareness.

Q2-2014: 15-40 Found PDF

03/01/14 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its 1st-quarter grant for 2014 to Ron Lemoine to help with his personal cancer battle.

Q1-2014: Ron Lemoine PDF

2013:

11/30/13 - In November 2013, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant to the Sheri and Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at City of Hope in memory of Patrick.

Q4-2013: City of Hope

11/30/13 - In November 2013, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Our grant goes directly to patient related clinical and translational related research projects.

Q4-2013: PCA - UMass Med

10/15/13 - As 2013 comes to a close, we hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with a tax deductible donation.

2013 Appeal Letter PDF

08/31/13 - In August 2013, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant to Saint John’s High School providing restricted aid scholarships for graduates of Worcester’s Nativity School. As many of our foundation donors know, Patrick was a 1990 graduate of Saint John’s.

Q3-2013: Scholarship Fund

6/30/13 - As part of our awareness mission, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made an annual grant to the 15-40 Connection in June of 2013.

Q2-2013: 15-40 Connection

05/01/13 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its second quarter 2013 grant to Braveheart - Friends of Dylan Connelly.

Q2-2013: Braveheart

04/23/13 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation has awarded another round of scholarships to Saint John's High School students.

Scholarly Pursuits PDF

03/01/13 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made a grant to the the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University Of Massachusetts Medical School.

Q1-2013: UMass Med

2012:

10/26/12 - As 2012 comes to a close, I hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with a tax deductible donation.

2012 Appeal Letter PDF

08/01/12 - The PCCF proudly presented its annual grant to Saint John’s High School, Shrewsbury, MA for restricted aid scholarships given to graduates in good standing from Worcester’s Nativity School.

Annual Scholarship Aid

07/07/12 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation, as part of our awareness mission, made a grant to the 15-40 Foundation as a scoreboard sponsor of the 2012 15-40 Foundation Charity Golf Tournament and Gala.

Q3-2012: 15-40 Sponsor

6/24/12 - Jim Comer, President of the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation, was presented with an Honorary Alumni Award at the Alumni Golf Tournament for the Foundation’s exemplary service to Saint John's High School providing restricted aid scholarships at Saint John’s for graduates of Worcester’s Nativity School.

Saint John’s Honor PDF

5/24/12 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation celebrates Timothy Barrett this spring. Timothy graduated from Saint John's High School in May and is the first PCCF scholarship recipient from Worcester’s Nativity School to graduate from Saint John’s.

Scholar Graduation PDF

05/06/12 - The PCCF proudly presented its second quarter 2012 grant to City of Hope, the renowned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Care Center in Duarte, CA.

Q2-2012: City of Hope

4/30/12 - Final pictures from the 2012 PCCF Challenge Cup have been posted.

Final Challenge Cup Pics

2/15/12 - The PCCF proudly presented its first quarter 2012 grant to the Murray family of Norwell, MA.

Q1-2012: Murray Family

2/15/12 - Initial pictures from the 2012 PCCF Challenge Cup are available!

Initial Challege Cup Pics

2011:

2/3/12 - Review the moving story of Bob Sweeney and his family's fight against cancer.

A Moving Q4 Grant

12/7/11 - On Wednesday December 7th at the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance meeting at UMass Memorial Hospital, Jim Comer presented Dr. Giles Whalen a grant from the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation.

UMass Memorial Grant PDF

10/27/11 - On October 27th, 2011, The Patrick Comer courage Foundation was honored at an assembly of the student body at Saint John's High School for its support to local cancer patients and their families, as well as their restricted aid scholarships for graduates of Worcester's Nativity School to attend Saint John's.

Honored by Saint John's PDF

10/27/11 - Please take a moment to review our 2011 PCCF Annual Appeal Letter.

2011 Appeal Letter PDF

6/30/11 - The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network calls on the 112th Congress to help us make progress against the fourth leading cancer killer by:
  1. Enacting and fully funding the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/H.R. 733).
  2. Ensuring that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has sufficient funding to allow for progress in diseases like pancreatic cancer by supporting continued growth in the NCI budget for FY2012.
Read more about these two important initiatives via the Pancreatic Cancers Action Network.

2011 PanCAN Priorities

5/23/11 - The PCCF is proud to make a grant to Michael Briggs as its 2011 Second Quarter Grant Recipient.

2nd Quarter Grant Details

5/24/11 - Photos from the PCCF Golf Outing event, held May 23rd, have been posted.

2011 Golf Outing Pics

4/10/11 - The PCCF is proud to have made a grant to the City of Hope as its 2011 First Quarter Grant Recipient.

1st Quarter Grant Awarded

3/15/11 - Pictures from the St. Rocke Fundraiser, hosted on March 13th, have been posted.

St. Comer's Day Pics

3/14/11 - Like the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation on Facebook to have Foundation news pushed to you via your Facebook news feed.

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3/13/11 - Photos from the PCCF Challenge Cup event, held February 26th, have been posted.

To order photos, please select the JPG numbers you wish to purchase, and send them to Mike Harris at harrisml5@aol.com, or, you may call in your selected photos to Mike using 508-523-5488. To pay for your order, please make a donation to PCCF online with the correct amount per the pricing below. On the drop down menu click "other" and manually enter the amount of your purchase.

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Thank you for your participation at this year’s Patrick Comer Courage Foundation race. Next year, we will be printing individual pictures at the race!

Challenge Cup Pics

1/30/11 - Find out more about the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance [24 Kb PDF].

The Pan Can Alliance

1/29/11 - Learn about the symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer [0.5 Mb PDF].

Be Aware of Symptoms

2010:

12/10/10 - The PCCF is proud to have made a grant to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance as its 2010 Fourth Quarter Grant Recipient.

4th Quarter Grant Awarded

10/1/10 - October, 2010 via a letter to the PCCF: It was seven years ago that Dana-Farber Cancer Institute embarked on its most ambitious fundraising effort yet with Mission Possible: The Dana-Farber Campaign to Conquer Cancer. Setting a goal of $1 billion-the largest ever for a New England hospital-we knew that the Campaign's success would be contingent on the generosity of our community of loyal supporters. It was a great challenge, but we knew that you were always standing beside us, and we are profoundly grateful for your steadfast support for the Institute's lifesaving mission.

Today, I am thrilled to announce that that your incredible generosity has brought the Mission Possible Campaign to a record-breaking conclusion, with more than $1.18 billion raised as of its official close September 30.

- read the full letter to the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation [1.2 Mb PDF].

Dana-Farber Campaign

7/10/10 - The PCCF is proud to have made a grant to the 15-40 Connections as its 2010 Third Quarter Grant Recipient.

3rd Quarter Grant Awarded

6/6/10 - Over 350 cancer survivors, their families and friends were in attendance for National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 6, 2010. The event, co-hosted by Saint Vincent Hospital and the Fallon Clinic in Worcester, MA, included a picnic lunch, entertainment, and educational information.

Check out the event photos on page 4 within the Saint Vincent Hospital July/August newsletter [9 Mb PDF].

Cancer Survivor's Day

5/22/10 - Pictures from the 2010 Golf Outing Fundraiser, hosted in May in Princeton, MA. have been posted.

Pics of 2010 Golf Outing

4/7/10 - Dylan Seymour has been announced as the 1st Quarter Grant Recipient for 2010 for the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation. Dylan's family was presented with their grant in person at the PCCF Challenge Cup in February.

1st Quarter Grant Awarded

4/7/10 - Pictures from the 2010 PCCF Fundraiser, St. Patricks Day at Saint Rocke, hosted in March in Hermosa Beach, CA. have been posted.

Saint Rocke Pics Ready

4/5/10 - Pictures from the 2010 PCCF Challenge Cup ski event hosted in February in Princeton, MA. have been posted.

PCCF Challenge Cup Pics

1/12/10 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation is proud to name its Scholarship Recipients for 2010.

2010 Scholarship Recipients

2009:

6/12/09 - Pictures from the PCCF Golf Event hosted in early June in Cleveland, OH. have been posted.

2009 Cleveland Golf Images

5/31/09 - Pictures from the Golf Outing, hosted on May 18th, 2009 have been posted.

Revisit the 2009 Golf Outing

5/18/09 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation is proud to name its most recent grant recipient, Greg Fingar.

2009 Grant: Greg Fingar

4/21/09 - Pictures from the 2nd Annual Benefit Auction & Concert, hosted on April 18th at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, have been posted.

Pics: Auction & Concert

4/19/09 - Pictures from the Sainte Rock Fundraiser, hosted on March 14th in Hermosa Beach, CA, have been posted.

Saint Rocke Fundraiser Pics

3/23/09 - Pictures from the 1st Annual Patrick Comer Challenge Cup, hosted on February 21st at Wachusett Mountain, MA, have been posted.

Action photos of participants are now included.

Challenge Cup Pics Posted

3/9/09 - Pictures from the New York City Happy Hour Fundraiser, hosted on March 4th, have been posted.

Picture This: NYC Happy Hr

2/13/09 - Patrick Comer knew that he wanted to be a Pioneer at an early age. When he was in the 8th grade he said to his Dad, “I want to go to Saint John’s High School.”

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Giving Back to Saint Johns

2/8/09 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation has selected Michele Franchi as a 2009 Grant Recipient. Read Michele's story here.

2009 Grant: Michele Franchi

1/29/09 - Clinical trials play a crucial role in advancing cutting edge therapy for pancreatic cancer patients...

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PCCF Aids Pancreatic Cancer Alliance and UMass Medical School

1/06/09 - On Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 40 benefactors joined 18 students for the annual PCCF scholarship luncheon...

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Annual PCCF Scholarship Luncheon

2008:

11/13/08 - Via the Holden Landmark: Former Princeton resident Patrick J. Comer died on March 9 from pancreatic cancer. His friends, co-workers and family wanted to do something in his memory that would honor Patrick’s legacy – his courage, his compassion and willingness to help others. Comer was diagnosed with the disease in January 2006 at the age of 33. Throughout his 27-month battle with the disease, Comer displayed a strong spirit and an inordinate amount of courage, never questioning “why me,” instead saying, “Why not me,” said his dad, Jim Comer. Jim and his wife Cheryl live in Princeton.

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His Courage Lives On

10/30/08 - As the Foundation continues to take shape, the PCCF website is evolving as well. Visitors will find the latest information regarding the Foundation's mission, its grant recipients, details regarding future Foundation events, and the ability to make a financial contribution online.

Users will be able to keep up with PCCF news through the Recent News box towards the right, and can interact with Foundation leaders simply by contacting them.

Please return from time to time to learn of the latest PCCF information and how you can assist the Foundation with its mission in the future.

PCCF Website Relaunched

10/29/08 - Photos from the May Patrick Comer Courage Foundation Kickoff have been posted and are available for download for free.

Kickoff Pictures Posted

10/24/08 - Via the Worcester Telegram: Cancer. "When you first hear the word, it instills a dreadful fear and for the better or for the worse, it changes you forever. I have heard it twice. My wife has heard it once. My son heard it once.” That was how Jim Comer of Princeton, in a recent interview, described his family’s battles with cancer...

Click to review the complete article on telegram.com.

Son's Courage Continues

9/18/08 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation has set up a group on FaceBook.com to continue its mission to raise awareness in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The group also serves as an additional way to communicate with Foundation donors and families.

Become a friend of the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation today!

PCCF on FaceBook

8/1/08 - The Patrick Comer Courage Foundation has selected Peter Ribaudo and his family as its 2008 Grant Recipients. Read Peter's story here.

2008 Grant: Peter Ribaudo

3/9/08 - Via New York Life Investment Management, Corporate Communications: Recently, MainStay Investments lost a member of the family – Wholesaler Patrick Comer.

Patrick, 36, died peacefully in his home on Sunday, March 9, 2008 after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancerChris Fiacco, director at MainStay Investments, spoke highly of his friend and colleague at the memorial service:

“In my time with Patrick, he was always a man who stood to be counted. He was always a man that left an impact. Simply looking around this room defines the scope of his thumbprint on this world. Pat made a difference. This room can attest to being better people for having known Patrick Comer. I am a better man for having the opportunity to know him.”


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Celebrating Patrick Comer

Recent News:

06/02/17 - In June of 2017, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its second quarter grant to the 15-40 Connection.
Q2-2017: 15-40 Connection
03/15/17 - In March of 2017, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its first quarter grant to the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.
Q1-2017: Jupiter Med Center
12/01/16 - In December 2016, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance UMMF.
Q4-2016: PCA - UMass Med
11/02/16 - As 2016 comes to a close, we hope you will continue to support the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation with a tax deductible donation.
2016 Appeal Letter PDF
08/01/16 - In August of 2016, the Patrick Comer Courage Foundation made its annual grant to Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
Q3-2016: Saint John's

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Dana Farber Cancer Institute
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