The City of Sterling Heights issued a proclamation Wednesday stating the city will recognize “World Pancreatic Cancer Day” on Nov. 13
The proclamation was issued on Oct. 28, exactly one year following the death of the City’s longtime former Mayor Richard J. Notte. Notte, who was the city’s first mayor and served in the role for more than 20 years, passed away on Oct. 28, 2014 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. In his honor, Sterling Heights renamed its’ city hall the “Richard J. Notte City Center” and his portrait now hangs in the building’s lobby.
“Mayor Notte was an incredible person, friend and advocate for the City of Sterling Heights. His legacy still holds strong in our city today, and I hope it remains for a long, long time,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “This is one small way we can remember Richard again and honor his service. Pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease and we hope this proclamation will bring continued awareness to seeking a cure.”
According to the proclamation, an estimated 48,960 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and 40,560 will die from the disease in 2015. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is projected to become the second by 2020.
For more information, about World Pancreatic Cancer Day, go to www.worldpancreaticcancerday.org. Media seeking additional information can contact Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle at (586) 446-2471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.