The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that was started in 2009 after director Rhonda Hatfield lost a family member to pancreatic cancer and witnessed specific challenges that victims of this silent killer are up against as they battle this devastating cancer. The result was NPCF, a foundation with a focus of providing unwavering support and a mission of providing direct financial assistance to the victims and families of pancreatic cancer. Donations to the Foundation are used to assist with the basic living expenses that become a burden during the illness, which affects the ability to work and earn income. Additionally, NPCF funds support early detection research and works to raise awareness of the disease nationwide. Since 2010, NPCF has financially assisted over 125 afflicted families struggling to make ends meet across the nation.