Recording Artist, Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer to Join Mission: Cure and the National Pancreas Foundation to Put an End to Pancreatic Disease

Press Release updated: Aug 24, 2018 11:07 EDT

NEW YORK, August 24, 2018 – Mission: Cure, a growing nonprofit committed to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for children and adults dealing with chronic pancreatitis and the National Pancreas Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for those affected by pancreatic disease, are pleased to announce that hip-hop, R&B and pop recording artist and songwriter, blackbear will be honored at their October 5Gala with a “Courage Award” for his fight against pancreatitis.

blackbear has collaborated with numerous musical artists including G-Eazy, James Blake, Linkin Park, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and many others, co-writing “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, alongside Mike Posner, which debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The rising star has more than a million followers on Twitter and Instagram and over nine million monthly listeners on Spotify. In 2016, Blackbear went to the ER in severe pain, where he was diagnosed with necrotizing pancreatitis, a particularly dangerous complication, undergoing emergency surgery to save his life. While recovering in the hospital, he began to come up with the songs for his album “Digital Druglord” which shot to the top on Billboard and iTunes charts.

Blackbear understands first hand the pain and suffering that kids and adults with CP deal with. We are delighted that he will join us in LA and help raise awareness and support for our mission to find a cure for this difficult disease.

Megan Golden

Co-founder and Co-director

Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is inflammation of the pancreas, a painful, destructive disease that impairs the body’s ability to digest food or make pancreatic enzymes, almost always leading to diabetes and greatly increasing the risk for pancreatic cancer. About 150,000 people in the United States, including nearly 10,000 children, have CP plus one million people worldwide. Today there is no effective treatment or cure. 

The Party for a Cure Gala will be held on Friday, October 5 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition to the awards program, the elegant evening will include dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions to raise critical funds for adult and pediatric pancreatitis research, drug development, patient advocacy and education programs. Proceeds will benefit Mission: Cure and will be used to support people suffering from CP. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

About Mission: Cure

Mission: Cure was founded in 2017 to discover life-altering therapies and bring them to patients. Mission: Cure aims to demonstrate a new, faster model for curing disease – specifically, pediatric and adult chronic and recurrent acute pancreatitis – using innovative financing based on patient outcomes. For more information about pancreatitis or to join our quest for a cure, please visit

About the National Pancreas Foundation

Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. For more information visit:

Media Contact

Mission: Cure- Linda Martin, Co-director, (239)-297-9377, [email protected]

National Pancreas Foundation – Matt Alsante, Executive Director, (866) 726-2737, [email protected]

Source: Mission: Cure

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