It has been exactly six years since The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation was incorporated.
Our members have been fortunate to have met wonderful supporters and volunteers who, in one way or another, have been affected by esophageal cancer.
Some supporters have been with us from the very beginning, many have joined along the way, but all are blazing with determination to make a difference.
When The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation first “opened its doors”, the heartache from losing our beloved father and grandfather still painfully stung almost 13 years after his passing. While the heartache from losing him has somewhat been eased knowing that this mission, which started in his memory, has undoubtedly helped others, we now feel the heartache in a greater and deeper sense.
That heartache deepens each and every time we learn one of our supporters has passed away, after an arduous and painful battle with esophageal cancer and the subsequent health effects.
The heartache deepens when we speak to loved ones of those who have passed away from esophageal cancer and they detail the struggles that they faced and the pain and sense of loss that the families are left with.
The heartache deepens when contributions are made in memory of a family member, friend or co-worker who is missed terribly. The heartache further deepens whenever we read the tear-stained letters from the families of those who passed away and they want to make a difference in their loved ones memory, after witnessing the dreadfulness of esophageal cancer.
The heartache also deepens when we speak to someone who has been diagnosed or are going through treatments due to esophageal cancer or when we speak to their loved ones.
While the heartache is now deeper than it was before, it does not cause us to waver or to lose hope.
It is said that to be successful, a nonprofit must run as a business and as such, be carried out efficiently, with a clear plan and focus on the long and short-term goals. We’ve been told that it is important to try and separate feelings from the business of running a nonprofit and to not let the heartache affect us.
To that we say: thanks, but no thanks.
The heartache that we’ve mentioned is our catalyst and part of the driving force utilize each day to press forward and continue this life-saving mission.
Esophageal cancer has taken too many people: men and women of all ages and ethnicities. These are your people and now they are our people. We love, treasure, honor and remember all of them each time any work for this mission is carried out.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation has made a tremendous impact as a smaller charity with limited resources towards raising awareness, promoting early detection and funding research. While we are proud of these accomplishments, our focus is to continue to move forward.
Esophageal cancer, we were coming for you in 2011 and we still are.
We’re just stronger now.
With the help of our supporters and volunteers, we will continue to get stronger until one day, no one will have to be affected by the brutality of esophageal cancer.
Until then, we will continue to carry out this mission with vigor in honor of all who have been affected.
From the bottom of our heartache, thank you!