Pancreatic Cancer SOS Leaders and Moderators


Kay Kays, 30-Year Survivor, Local, National, and International Patient Advocate & Research Grant Reviewer


As A 29-Year Survivor, Kay is One Of Longest Surviving Pancreatic Cancer Patients.

About three years after her initial diagnosis, in 1994, her cancer reemerged in her lungs and she had that tumor removed. Other bouts led to completely removing her pancreas, spleen, and gall bladder. Today, she enjoys her role as an ardent patient advocate. With 30 years of coping with pancreatic cancer beginning from initial diagnosis, long periods of treatment, and a recurrence, Kay shares her experiences of a very long journey. She is very inspirational and helps other patients with advice, encouragement, and instilling the gift of hope.

Michael Francis, 5-Year Survivor


Everyone Must Become Their Own Health Care Advocate

Michael came to the attention of the Seena Magowitz Foundation through the staff members at HonorHealth Research Institute. He decided to participate in a holiday costume contest hosted by the Research Institute staff. On Dec. 24, he dressed up head to toe as the Grinch from the Dr. Seuss classic and won the contest. “This is a really tough thing I’m dealing with, but you’ve got two choices,” Michael said. “You can either crawl up into a ball, go to a corner and die or you can have a good attitude about it and fight.  I don’t choose to crawl up into a ball anywhere.”

Perry C. Francis


Focused On Helping Others To Cope With Facing Pancreatic Cancer.

Dr. Perry C. Francis is a professor of counseling and the coordinator of the Counseling Training Clinic in the College of Education Clinical Suite. The clinic is a training facility for advanced level graduate students in the professional counseling program. It operates as a Community Mental Health facility for clients from the community, student body of EMU, and referrals from the county courts and local mental health centers. He also co-directs the COE Clinical Suite in the College of Education where he sees clients as a licensed professional counselor.

Dr. Francis earned his degree in counselor education at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Before completing his degree, he was a Lutheran parish pastor and a campus pastor for 14 years.

Jennifer Sander, LPC, CCTP, CCFP


Jennifer Sander is a distinguished Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. Her expertise and compassionate approach have positioned her as a leading figure in supporting and guiding individuals facing life’s challenges, including those affected by cancer. With her deep understanding of trauma and compassion fatigue, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to the Pancreatic Cancer SOS initiative, offering invaluable support to caregivers navigating the complexities of caring for loved ones with pancreatic cancer.

Marisa Harris, 26-Year Survivor


Marisa Harris is a 26-year pancreatic cancer survivor, cancer coach, and caregiver. As a Certified LifeMastery Consultant and Certified Master Health & Life Coach, she is dedicated to helping others “Reimagine the Possible,” designing lives in harmony with their soul’s purpose. Marisa’s story of transformation and resilience has been featured in prominent publications and media outlets, making her an inspirational figure for many.

Sean Kellman, 6-Year Caregiver


Sean Kellman, a caregiver for six years, has become an advocate and support figure for individuals and families battling pancreatic cancer. Through his personal journey and experiences, Sean has gained a profound understanding of the emotional and practical challenges caregivers face. His recommendation for his loved one and pancreatic cancer survivor Patrick Theriault to reach out for help underscores his proactive and compassionate approach in seeking the best possible outcomes for those affected by pancreatic cancer.