Thank you! 1st Annual Walk to Remember James Francis Urian Esophageal Cancer Awareness

The 1st Annual Walk to Remember James Francis Urian Esophageal Cancer Awareness took place on Saturday, April 22, 2023, 9AM at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, CT. The event was in honor of James Urian: husband, father, PopPop, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, who passed away from esophageal cancer on April 2, 2022.

Through this first annual event, Jimmy’s family hopes to spread awareness of esophageal cancer, advocate for families facing this disease and raise money to help fund research. Esophageal cancer is currently underfunded. Jimmy’s family hopes that more targeted treatments and immunotherapies will be developed with the help of contributions through Jimmy’s annual walk to remember him.

Jimmy’s journey with esophageal cancer was typical like the many others who suffer from the disease. The worrisome signs of hiccups, heartburn, and reflux were dismissed, and an endoscopy was only scheduled after Jimmy began having difficulty swallowing and keeping food down. On December 27, 2021, Jimmy was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer in two spots, thus beginning his short journey.

Jimmy was the youngest of three children, husband to Dawn, father to Kai-Leigh (Matt) and Justin (Morgan), and PopPop to six beautiful grandchildren: Emmett James, Colton Harris, Hallie Blake, Charlotte Jane, Teagan Rose and Maria Stella. He was a brother to Jeanne (Tom) and Bobby (Claudia), an uncle to several nieces and nephews and friend to many.

Jimmy had many interests: hunting, gardening, making soupy, dirt bike riding and the list goes on.

Most of all Jimmy is extremely missed by all who knew him, especially his family. He may be gone, but definitely not forgotten.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 1st Annual Walk to Remember James Francis Urian- Esophageal Cancer Awareness. Thank you to everyone who signed up, fundraised, donated, sponsored, donated products or spread the word!

A special thank you to Dawn Urian and her family for their hard work and dedication in loving memory of James Urian.

Thank you, sponsors:

-Family Hearth and Patio

-Eastern CT Savings Bank

-Anderson Oil

Thank you, in-kind sponsors:

-Viking Fuel

-BJ’s Wholesale Club


To view more photos from the event click here!


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