Bio: On April 4, 2002, my life and the lives of my family members changed forever. On this day 10 years ago my father, Joseph C. Monastra, age 74, died of pancreatic cancer only four short weeks after being diagnosed. This incredibly kind, compassionate and generous man was healthy and strong one day, and powerless and vulnerable the next. It wasn’t fair – My father, Joseph C. Monastra, was never given a chance to fight. As my family tried to come to grips with this tragic loss we decided to REFUSE TO LOSE the fight against Pancreatic Cancer, starting on the day of my father’s funeral. We stood together and made a promise to our father’s sisters, family and friends that in his honor and memory we would MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Partnering with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Joseph C. Monastra Foundation has been supporting the breakthrough research lead by Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue ever since. It is our mission to find an early detection and cure for Pancreatic Cancer and give those diagnosed a fighting chance.
We developed ArtCAN by blending together two very different worlds – the beauty and intrigue of the Art world with the tenuous emotions Cancer brings into our world. It was our desire to feature artists, their artwork and stories of how they have been affected by cancer - any cancer not just pancreatic cancer. The response has been overwhelming! ArtCAN has brought together an entire global community of cancer survivors and those affected by cancer, standing together to fight the deadliest of all cancers – Pancreatic Cancer.
Senior Director Communications SE for Skanska USA, Pamela is a brand marketing and communications professional. Pamela draws on all of her professional experiences for her volunteer efforts as a founding member, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors for the Joseph C. Monastra Foundation and ArtCAN Chair.
Contact Email: SupportTheCause@JCM-ArtCAN.org
ArtCAN is a unique and original fund raising event that features a fine art auction and original performances from selected acclaimed performing and visual artists from around the world who have been closely affected by cancer.