The fundraiser we are spotlighting in this post is in memory of Dale F., who was diagnosed at Stage IV and passed away after only one year of treatment. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is honored to carry out this mission in memory of Dale and we welcome you to learn more about his story and support the fundraising campaign that his sister, Wendy, created.
Unfortunately, stories like Dale’s are all too common. In the past three decades, esophageal cancer has increased over 600% and has become the fastest growing cancer in the United States and western world. Esophageal cancer is also one of the deadliest cancers, as the majority of patients are diagnosed in later stages, with Stage IV, which only has a survival rate of less than 4%.
What has caused this dramatic increase and poor survival? It is due, in part, to four factors: lack of awareness or risk factors and symptoms; no routine/standard screening; late occurrence of symptoms, leading to late diagnosis and lack of research funding for improved detection techniques and treatment options.
My brother Dale was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It was stage IV when he was diagnosed and he did a little more then a year of treatment. Finding out that he had cancer just crushed us all but he was a fighter and didn’t give up because he has two young children that he wanted to watch growing older. He was very sick from chemotherapy though he was very strong and tried not to show it. Then after a year of treatment he passed away on 2/23/2017, he was only 47 years old. Please let’s raise awareness and find a cure to this very deadly cancer. Thanks for you’re help. ~Wendy
To donate to Wendy’s fundraiser in memory of Dale, please click here.
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