The 2022 Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run took place on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 2022. Thank you to everyone who signed up, donated, and/or created a fundraising team!
Special thank you to our sponsors:
Thank you, in-kind sponsors!
The 2022 Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run was hosted by The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure.™
Learn the facts about esophageal cancer
-Esophageal cancer has increased over 733% in the past four decades and is considered the fastest growing cancer in the US and western world.
-Risk factors include:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
- poor nutrition,
- tobacco use,
- excessive alcohol use,
- Barrett’s esophagus.
-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 19.9%.
-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.
-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)
-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 5.2%.
-In 2022, an estimated 20,640 will be diagnosed and there will be an estimated 16,410 deaths.
-Despite all of these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.