Fundraising Spotlight: Michele’s Paint the World Periwinkle Fundraiser!

The fundraiser we are spotlighting in this post is in honor of Robert H., who was diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer in Spring 2017 and his daughter, Michele who is fundraising for Rhode Island’s 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run in his honor. 

In order to help Michele reach her fundraising goal, her friend, Michelle, will be donating 100% of the sales commission from a Younique Makeup fundraiser now through May 25th, 2018.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is honored to carry out this mission in honor of Robert and we are very thankful to Michele and Michelle for their hard work and generosity. 


In Honor of Robert H. by Michele:

My name is Michele and I wanted to share my Dad’s story to raise awareness of Esophageal Cancer.  My Dad’s name is Robert H.  He is a 69-year-old Vietnam Veteran who also volunteered at Ground Zero in New York City.  Besides diabetes, he was always very healthy. 

My dad’s journey with esophageal cancer began during Spring of 2017.  Initially, my dad unintentionally lost around 8 pounds and suddenly noticed that he had pain in his right upper stomach and in his upper back.  He was seen by his primary care doctor and was referred to a gastroenterologist (GI specialist) and for a surgery consult.  My dad automatically wanted to see the surgeon since he was in severe discomfort and was told he had gallstones.  He then had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, yet his pain continued. 

Instead of improving over the weeks following surgery, he continued to complain of pain and he had lost his appetite.  He started to have difficulty swallowing where he was only able to ingest liquids.  After 4 weeks, he had a CT scan and endoscopy, which revealed esophageal cancer stage IV.  The primary tumor was in the lower half of the esophagus and in some of the lymph nodes.  After receiving two mutual opinions from oncology, he began chemotherapy. 

After the first chemotherapy treatment, his dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) significantly improved.  He has been tolerating the chemotherapy very well and will continue to receive treatments every two weeks.  His appetite has now returned back to normal and he is back to enjoying his favorite food, cheeseburgers!  His last CT scan showed that his primary tumor and metastases have shrunk.   He will have another scan in June to monitor his progress.  I am so grateful that he is doing well and is responding well to chemo treatments!

My friend Michelle made an online fundraiser and offered to donate 100% of her sales commission with Younique Makeup to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run so I can reach my goal before I walk in honor of my Dad in RI on June 16th at the 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run.  Our fundraiser will run until May 25, 2018,  

We thought this would be a fun way for you to score some makeup and donate to a very important cause!  I personally like the Splurge Shadow and the Beachfront Bronzer .

If you want to help paint the world periwinkle with me. click here.



Two ways to support Michele’s fundraising for Rhode Island’s 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run:

Crowdrise, click here.
Younique Makeup, click here.



Rhode Island’s 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Warwick City Park.

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 day of.  Children 12 and under are admitted free.

T-shirts available for pre-paid guests by May 25th.

Hurry! Sign up today:

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