In August 2013, Butch Walker's father, Willard Walker, or "Big Butch," was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer not 24 hours before his passing. Butch founded the Autumn Leaves Project with the belief that no one should ever be faced with this diagnosis, certainly not alone. 

 

Our VISION IS for a world in which EVERYONE IMPACTED BY PANCREATIC CANCER HAS RESOURCES FOR OPTIMIZED QUALITY OF LIFE.

Our mission is to do all we can while we can for those affected by pancreatic cancer.  


If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and would benefit from resources provided by the Autumn Leaves Project, please fill out our Patient Services Request form here.


“Pancreatic cancer doesn’t give you a chance to reconcile with it, doesn’t let you make plans sometimes or prepare for the ending; it just usually sneaks up on you and gives you no warning until it’s too late,”
— Butch Walker, Founder of The Autumn Leaves Project

The Facts

  • Pancreatic cancer is very difficult to diagnose. There are currently no early detection methods.  
  • Of those diagnosed with pancreatic caner, only 7% will live 5 years.
  • Survival rates have not improved in the last 40 years. 
  • Incidence is on the rise. More than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year, and more than 41,000 will die.
  • Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths.
  • Currently, it only receives 2% of public funding.
  • Symptoms are hard to catch. They include mild back pain, jaundice, fatigue and unexplained weight loss.
  • There is currently no cure; however the survival rate could be nearly quadrupled with early detection.