LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Lisa Niemi lost her husband, beloved movie actor Patrick Swayze, to cancer, but she has not lost her desire to fight back against the deadly disease.

Niemi testified in Congress on February 16, 2011 to lobby for more money for research.

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As Niemi told CBS 2’s Pat Harvey recently in an emotional, touching sit down interview, she admits the fight is tough, but one she is not shying away from.

She also wears purple a lot. To bring more awareness to pancreatic cancer.

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Says Niemi, “It is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and one of the most underfunded. Severely underfunded…it just blows your mind. And that has to change.”

We link here to two organizations dear to Niemi’s heart.

1. http://www.pancan.org

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2. http://www.knowitfightitendit.org