Looking Back at 2022: Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Early Detection & Research

During this season of holiday giving, we would like to take the time to express our sincere gratitude.  Thanks to you, we have made tremendous achievements over the years.

Research. Esophageal cancer is considered one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.  Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% in the past four decades.  Despite this, esophageal cancer research receives very little private or government funding.  The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded esophageal cancer research in 2015 and in 2018.  In November 2022, we opened our grant program for the third time! We are working to fund more research in 2023.

Early Detection. In November 2018, we issued esophageal cancer research funding for the second time in less than seven years since our charity was founded. This research, a breath test to detect esophageal cancer, is currently underway at Virginia Mason.  The research intends to establish a non-invasive test to improve early detection of esophageal cancer that is based upon the unique signature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within exhaled breath and to analyze exhaled VOCs in response to therapeutic intervention in patients.

Awareness.  Thanks to our wonderful community of supporters, we are bringing our Esophageal Cancer Awareness events across the country!  This year, we were able to finally host our in-person events in Rhode Island and with the help of our Chapter Representatives, in Colorado as well.  Awareness events also took place in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Missouri.  In 2022, we hosted another world-wide Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run event.

Over the years, we’ve also worked with supporters to host awareness events in Ohio, Arizona, Kentucky, Virginia, Maine, and Illinois, with more locations in the planning stages.  These events have given rise to chapters in St. Louis, Missouri; Arvada, Colorado and Brooklyn, New York, in addition to our headquarters in Rhode Island. Stay tuned for more events and in more locations in 2023! 

Our Brooklyn, NY Chapter Representative, Dara, continued the groundbreaking “Esophageal Cancer Survivor Series,” ongoing Facebook live video interviews with survivors of esophageal cancer. If you or someone you know is an esophageal cancer survivor and would like to share a story, please contact us.

Top Rated! Thanks to the help of our wonderful community of supporters who took the time to post a review, we were one of the first winners of a 2022 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read inspiring reviews and write one of your own: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/salgi-esophageal-cancer-research-foundation

Mission 2023. While all of these are remarkable accomplishments, esophageal cancer research remains largely underfunded, with researchers continuously reaching out to our charity.  Awareness is still limited, as many people are unaware of the risk factors and symptoms of esophageal cancer.  Doctors have also warned that the pandemic caused a significant decrease in cancer diagnoses, including esophageal cancer, which impacts could be seen for years to come. When it comes to esophageal cancer, as other cancers, earliest possible detection and treatments are crucial for survival!

You Can Help. Would you please consider making a year-end donation to help us continue to fuel this mission?
Don’t miss out on making your 2022 donation.  Your support will make a lasting impact.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible and can be made as a special gift, in honor of or in memory of a loved one.
Please, click here to make your donation now.  

If you have already made a year-end gift, please accept our sincere thanks and gratitude!

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Thank you for your support!

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