The State of Rhode Island has named April “Esophageal Cancer Awarness Month.” We, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Reserach Foundation enlisted the help of Representative. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) to have this resolution passed and therefore promoting Esophageal Cancer Awareness.
“I think almost everyone can say they know someone who has been affected by cancer,” Representative Serpa said. “But it’s important to highlight a form of cancer that doesn’t necessarily receive as much attention as the others. Oftentimes, this form of cancer is fatal and survivors can’t retain a high quality of life after undergoing surgery. I’m honored the Salgi Foundation would think of me, and I’m excited to help raise awareness of this disease.”The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation was created in memory of our President’s father, who lost his courageous battle with esophageal cancer in 1998. “As a newly formed organization, we felt that having April recognized by the state of Rhode Island as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month would be our first step in bringing awareness about this terrible disease,” said Salgi Foundation’s President.
In 2007, Rhode Island ranked fourth in the country for incidents of cancer of the esophagus, or the tube that pushes food from the mouth to the stomach. For more information, or to assist us in gaining awareness and funding for esophageal cancer please contact us today or make a tax-deductible donation.