Fundraising Spotlight: Michelle’s Esophageal Cancer Awareness Pins and T-Shirts

March 25, 2021

Each year, April 30th marks the last day of Esophageal Cancer Awareness month.  In 2017, April 30th was also the date that Raymond John Glazer passed away from esophageal cancer.

Now his daughter Michelle is hosting a fundraiser in his memory. Michelle will be selling esophageal cancer awareness periwinkle tack pins and t-shirts on her website to benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.

The esophageal cancer awareness periwinkle pins are $5 and the “Peace Love Cure Esophagus Cancer” t-shirts start at $18. Both are available on her website, please click here.

Please read below to learn more about her father’s story and how you can shop to make a difference.

Michelle’s Story, In Loving Memory of Raymond John Glazer:

“Esophageal cancer research is severely underfunded; there are currently no early screenings or any effective treatments for this very deadly disease!

My father developed a problem swallowing, which he never mentioned. He had been caring for our mother for 3 years post stroke at 80 years old. He cleaned her, changed her, fed her and checked her blood sugar, absolutely refusing to put his wife in a nursing home. We also noticed he was getting extremely thin, always had heartburn and was not eating much.

Then September 23rd, 2016, my sister took him to the hospital because he couldn’t even swallow water. He had an endoscopy with biopsy the next day. The doctor had the Oncologist meet with us the following day, telling us he had a golf ball sized tumor right above the stomach in his esophagus. The biopsy came back poorly differentiated high grade adenocarcinoma.

He agreed to the 4 months of radiation daily and chemo weekly, as what was recommended. I sat with him for hours every day at the hospital. He also made me his power of attorney if he could no longer make decisions for himself. The GI doctor placed a mesh stent in the esophagus to hold the tumor back which allowed him to eat and gain some strength before treatment started.

He became so sick from treatments and wasn’t eating, electrolytes were off and he was extremely confused. After discussing it with him, I signed to have a gastric tube placed in November. He could barely walk at this time, so we also got him a wheelchair. The doctor that placed the tube told me after surgery that the tumor was growing through the mesh. Last mega radiation was early December and he would have a CT with contrast in May.

On April 25th, I took him to the ER. He woke all sweaty, couldn’t breathe or talk well and could no longer stand on his own. I asked the admitting doctor if he could order the CT now, which he did. He called me to come in on April 27th, because Dad wasn’t doing well. He waited for me even after his shift was done to tell me that the CT showed the tumor had invaded straight across the abdomen, into the spinal cord, lungs, brain, prostate and hip. The absolute worst thing I had to do was inform the rest of my family and sign a Do Not Resuscitate, Do Not Intubate. Dad had told the doctor this was what he wanted.

On April 30th, he passed in his sleep at 4:40am, ironic that it was the last day of Esophageal Cancer Awareness month. I am raising funds for Salgi, as I did last year, in hopes of finding a way to test early and hopefully a treatment that works for those that become afflicted. All proceeds are being donated in memory of Raymond John Glazer.”

In memory of Raymond John Glazer

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Please join us in thanking Michelle by sharing this fundraiser and post with your family members, friends and on social media.  Thank you, Michelle!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalgiFoundation

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Photos and story courtesy of Michelle Z. 


April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

March 25, 2021

Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest and deadliest cancers in the United States, United Kingdom and other western countries. 

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded two research grants! The first in 2015 and the second in 2018.  The research awarded in 2018, a breath test for esophageal cancer, is currently underway.  Both grants were given in honor of all the men and women affected by esophageal cancer. While these are tremendous accomplishments, esophageal cancer research is critically underfunded and medical researchers continuously inquire about funding.   

In addition, COVID-19 has greatly impacted or delayed screenings, diagnosis and treatments for many individuals who may now be facing advanced prognosis.  

Now more than ever, your support is critically needed to enable this charity to fulfill our mission.

Learn the Facts: 

-Esophageal cancer increased over 700% in the past four decades. 

-Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and western world. 

-Esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 19.9%. 

-There are no routine or standard screenings. 

-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer has spread. 

-Stage IV has a survival rate of only 4.8%. 

-Esophageal cancer research is critically underfunded. 

-In 2016, an estimated $1.6 billion was spent on esophageal cancer care in the United States. 

-2021 estimates for esophageal cancer: 19,260 diagnoses & 15,530 deaths.

2021 Infographic

Save the infographic below and share it on social media to help raise awareness. Tag us in your posts. @SalgiFoundation

Donate Today!

Donate today to our ‘April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month’ Facebook fundraiser! Facebook makes it easy to donate and share the campaign. 100% of all donations go directly towards our mission. Click the button or link below.

Facebook.com/donate/2846389948938533

“Awareness, early detection, research…in hopes of a CURE!™”


2021 Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run

March 18, 2021

We care about our community of supporters and our top priority is the health, safety and well being of our walkers, runners, volunteers and sponsors.

Due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding events, our in-person Rhode Island and Colorado events are going to be virtual only again this year.

While we are still unable to gather in a large group, we can still make a big impact together!

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Sign up today for the 2021 Virtual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run.  The virtual event is open world-wide and will take place on Saturday, June 19th or Sunday, June 20th – your choice!
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T-shirts are available for guests within the continental US for a limited time and children sizes are available, too!
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There are two ticket options:

1. T-Shirt Ticket: $30 to participate in the virtual event AND receive a t-shirt. Children size t-shirts available.    Must register by Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5 PM EST. T-shirts open to continental US only.

2. Virtual Ticket Only: $20 to participate in the virtual event only, no t-shirt. Must register by Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5 PM EST.

Sign up today! http://salgivirtualwalkrun2021.eventbrite.com

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The virtual event can take place in your neighborhood, on a trail, bike path, track, by the ocean, sea, river or wherever you would like to walk or run. Walk, run, bicycle, roller-blade, skateboard, swim…the possibilities are endless! Since the virtual event is not timed, you are able to participate at your own pace, any distance and at any time either Saturday or Sunday. You may sign up as an individual or as a virtual team.
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Whether you register or are unable to participate but would still like to make a difference, you can donate to the event.  Also, everyone can create an online, custom fundraising page to help make an even bigger impact.
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If you have ever wanted to take part in one of our Esophageal Cancer events, now is your chance!
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Thank You, In-Kind Sponsors!

LesserEvil Snacks   True Leaf Market

MaryRuth's Organics   Wholesome Sweet  Orgain

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
*While supplies last.

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Whether you sign up, donate, create a fundraiser, sponsor, and/or spread the word, we appreciate your support.  Our events are a large part of our fundraising and awareness initiatives and we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses in our communities to make them a success.  On behalf of The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, thank you!

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To sign up and/or donate, visit: salgivirtualwalkrun2021.eventbrite.com

To create your own custom, fundraising page, visit: charity.gofundme.com/salgivirtualwalkrun2021

Please RSVP and share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/421726888914561

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Fundraising Spotlight: Glendale, AZ: Scott Dye Memorial Topgolf Tournament

February 25, 2021

The Scott Dye Memorial Topgolf Tournament will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM MST at Topgolf 6101 North 99th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85305.  Register today! Click here.

The Dye Family. Photo via: Linda Dye

Linda, Michelle, Jennifer and Richard are coordinating the esophageal awareness event in memory of Scott E. Dye who passed away from stage IV Esophageal Cancer on December 13th, 2015.  This is their story:

“It seems like just yesterday that we found out our father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Our father went to the hospital for chest pain on November 13, 2015 and after the CAT scan was completed the doctors found a mass on his liver. That is when his primary doctor did more tests (endoscopy) and blood work. The results came back indicating esophageal cancer, Stage IV on November 30, 2015. Once the cancer was known there was nothing but vomiting, nausea and dehydration that came from it in the coming days and weeks. We were watching him quickly go downhill just days after he was diagnosed. During this time, a port was put in so that chemotherapy could start, and the goal was to FIGHT and beat this nightmare.

By December 9, 2015 he was transported back to the hospital due to a stomach hemorrhage. He was clinging to his life as his kidneys started to fail. Our father was placed in ICU and was too weak to start his chemotherapy. This was all happening too fast and we could not process that he was diagnosed with cancer let alone that he passed away on December 13, 2015, just a month after symptoms and a diagnosis was given. To see someone you love pass away in front of your eyes is the most unexplainable feeling you can have and you will remember it forever.
We wanted to find a way to help with funding and research. So, we have teamed up with The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation as a way to raise awareness and remember our father, and to help others become aware of symptoms and early detection of cancer.”

The event aims to raise awareness, encourage early detection, and fund research esophageal cancer..in hopes of a cure! See below for more event information and to register, click here.

 

Scott Dye Memorial Topgolf Tournament

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 8:45 AM MST
Topgolf
6101 North 99th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305
Register today! Click here

 

Tournament player tickets are $99.00 and will have a chance to try for $10,000 ‘Hole in One’ contest. Tournament Top Contender game, Included: Lifetime Membership, swag bag, Raffle Prizes. Rain or shine, Fun for the whole family.  Spectators/Breakfast Buffet tickets are $55.00 and will receive a raffle ticket, fun mingling, and cheering on friends and family.  Registration is online only and ends on April 26th 2021. Register today! Click here.

EVENT TIMELINE:

8:45 am: Ambassador to greet guests in lobby, And Registration.

9:00 am: Topgolf play begins

9:30 am: Buffet is served for 90 minutes

11:30 am: Raffle Prizes

12:00 pm: Topgolf play concludes

 

Register today! Click here.

Share on Facebook! Click here.


Late onset symptoms attribute to lethal esophageal cancer

February 23, 2021

Esophageal cancer is often detected in later stages, as symptoms often arise too late, once the cancer spreads. There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earliest stages, when the cancer is more treatable. Paired with late onset of symptoms, cancer of the esophagus is highly aggressive and unfortunately, for many, a lethal diagnosis.

Unlike other cancers which can sometimes show early warning signs, esophageal cancer typically does not have any obvious symptoms in the early stages, when the cancer is in the esophagus and has not spread to other organs or lymph nodes.

Symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
Chronic heartburn or indigestion
Frequent choking while eating
Chest pain, pressure or burning
Unexplained weight loss
Cough or hoarseness
Vomiting
Coughing up blood
Family history of esophageal cancer.

The most common of the symptoms listed above is difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia is the medical term for the symptom of difficulty swallowing, “This is usually a progressive problem, which means that it initially begins when large pieces of food are not chewed thoroughly before swallowing, but then the problem can become much worse to the point where liquids can’t be swallowed easily.”

Any of the symptoms listed above should be taken seriously and you should consult with a physician. Symptoms should never be ignored or overlooked. Do not solely rely on information retrieved from the internet or other sources.

Early detection of esophageal cancer saves lives!

There are more treatment options available for early stage diagnoses of esophageal cancer. There is also a better chance of survival and recovery when the cancer is detected in the early stages, as the cancer is still relatively small and is less likely to have metastasized (spread to other organs or areas in the body).  Tests are necessary to detect if there is a growth in the esophagus and to see what is causing symptoms.  Learn more about how esophageal cancer is diagnosed. 

 

 

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

Content found on Salgi.org is for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

Sources:

Management of Barrett’s oesophagus and intramucosal oesophageal cancer: a review of recent development National Center for Biotechnology Information,S. National Library of Medicine. Bethesda MD, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3437535
 
Esophageal Cancer Research Funding: “A Snapshot of Esophageal Cancer” http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/snapshots/esophageal

Key Statistics for Esophageal Cancer, The American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/cancer/esophagus-cancer/about/key-statistics.html 

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,cdc.gov 
 
National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program, seer.cancer.gov 
 
Esophageal Cancer On The Rise, webmd.com
 
National Cancer Institute: PDQ® Esophageal Cancer Treatment. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute. cancer.gov
 
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, GastroEndoNews.com
 

Holiday Gifts That Give Back

December 17, 2020

The holidays are just around the corner.  Here are two ideas to give holiday gifts that help The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation and our efforts to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure™!


Give the Gift of a Donation

Give a donation as a holiday gift.  Make a charitable gift to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation to support esophageal cancer awareness, early detection and research.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

We will send acknowledgement of your holiday gift donation to your family member, friend or co-worker.  Just donate and let us know the contact name and information and any special message!   Donate here!


Amazon Smile

Do you shop online?  Amazon will donate to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation when you shop using our unique link.  Use our custom link when you shop for the holidays and each and every other time you shop on Amazon.

Use this link and please share! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3633809


On behalf of The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, we would like to thank you in advance for helping to make a difference today and every day.

 

 

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today is Giving Tuesday!

November 27, 2020

Make a charitable gift to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation to support esophageal cancer awareness, early detection and research.  Donate Now!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

PLUS! 

Facebook will match a total of up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to eligible US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits!

Donate here!

Giving Tuesday opens the giving season and with your help, we will raise funds to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure.™

Giving Tuesday helps to unite us in the spirit of giving and to bring a spotlight to esophageal cancer, a cause that needs desperate attention.  Let’s make this Giving Tuesday a great success!  Please donate today!  Thank you in advance for helping to make a difference today and every day.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation @SalgiFoundation

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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a registered nonprofit as recognized by the IRS. EIN: 453633809

Kendra Scott Virtual Give Back Event! Dec. 3-4, 2020

November 19, 2020

Kendra Scott is teaming up with The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation for a Virtual Give Back event on December 3- December 4, 2020.

Shop their website and when you checkout, use our special code GIVEBACK-0GCP (the first character is a zero.)

20% of your purchase will be donated to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation in support of this mission to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer!

The code will be live from 12:00am CST on December 3rd to 11:59pm CST on December 4th.
The code needs to be entered at ‘coupon code’ on the billing page (top right) and shoppers must click ‘apply’! A full 20% will be donated!

Please note that some discounts cannot be combined with the giveback code as it would deduct from the donation.  For more information and a step-by-step guide of how to input the code, click here.

 

 


 GERD Awareness Week: November 22-28, 2020

November 18, 2020

“The Dangerous Link Between Chronic Reflux and Esophageal Cancer.”

 

Each year, the week of Thanksgiving is also dedicated to bringing awareness to a growing disease which affects roughly 20% of Americans.  That disease is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

 

Also known as acid reflux disease, GERD is a condition of the digestive system, which has increased significantly in recent decades.  GERD is also a primary risk factor for esophageal cancer, one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States. Esophageal cancer, like GERD, has also increased significantly in past decades. In fact, incidence of esophageal cancer has risen over 733% in the past four decades and has only an overall five-year survival rate of approximately 19.9%.

 

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit, which has funded two grants for esophageal cancer research (one in July, 2015 and another in November, 2018) is working once again to bring awareness of the dangerous link between GERD and esophageal cancer.  While GERD has many symptoms, the most common symptom is heartburn.

 

Heartburn does not typically cause major concern, as billions of Americans experience it at some point in their lives. However, persistent heartburn, which occurs two or more times a week, should not be taken lightly, as it could be a symptom of the disease.

 

President of The Salgi Foundation, Linda Molfesi, said, “my father suffered from chronic heartburn for years and was never warned by doctors of the possible risks. We found out too late, once he started having difficulty swallowing, that his chronic reflux had led to esophageal cancer.” Molfesi continued, “My father passed away a little over a year after he was diagnosed and it was, and still is, devastating.”

 

COVID-19 Impact on Cancer Research published in JAMA Network Open in August, 2020, found that in the past year, the weekly diagnosis for six cancers, of which esophageal cancer is included, fell by almost 50% in the U.S.  This is due to the fact that people have delayed important cancer screenings due to COVID-19.  This is especially concerning for esophageal cancer, which, when caught in advanced stages, is very difficult to treat and has a poor survival rate.

 

As it stands, esophageal cancer has few, if any, early symptoms. Symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, chronic cough or hoarseness, food getting stuck or choking while eating often occur once the cancer has spread and reaches an advanced stage.  There are currently no routine or standard screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages.   The foundation is hoping to help change that, awarding $62,597 in November, 2018, to researchers at Virginia Mason Medical Center who are currently developing a breath test for detecting esophageal cancer earlier.

 

Molfesi encourages those who suffer from chronic reflux to be proactive about their health, stating “never ignore frequent heartburn or other symptoms and never rely on medications alone. Talk to your primary care doctor about all of your options, especially how you can get screened for any possible damage.”

 

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation:  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer in hopes of a cure.™  The charity has hosted events in Rhode Island, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio, Kentucky, New York City, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maine, New Jersey and Illinois, with additional locations currently in the planning stages. These events gave rise to chapters in St. Louis, Missouri; Arvada, Colorado and Brooklyn, New York.  For more information, please visit: www.salgi.org

 

 

 

Learn the Facts About Esophageal Cancer:

 

  • No standard or routine screening to detect cancer in earlier stages
  • One of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the US and western world
  • Symptoms often arise once the cancer has spread
  • Research receives low government and/or private funding
  • In 2020, estimated 18,440 diagnoses and 16,170 deaths from the cancer.
  • Overall five-year survival rate of less than 19.9%.
  • Stage IV has a survival rate of only 4.8%.

 

 

 

Esophageal Cancer Risk Factors:

 

  • Acid reflux disease-GERD (chronic heartburn)
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Poor nutrition
  • Heavy drinking
  • Tobacco use
  • Barrett’s esophagus

 

 

Common Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer:

 

  • Painful/difficulty swallowing
  • Food getting stuck
  • Weight loss
  • Hoarseness or cough
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Pain behind breastbone or pain in back

 

For more information, please visit: SALGI.org/GERD

 

 

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SOURCES: Harvey W. Kaufman, MD. “Number of US Patients With Newly Identified Cancers Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” JAMA Network Open, JAMA Network, 4 Aug. 2020, jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2768946.

 

 

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

Content found on Salgi.org is for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


Thank you! 2nd Annual Brooklyn, NY Virtual Esophageal Cancer Awareness Run/Walk

September 22, 2020
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Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd Annual Brooklyn, NY Virtual Esophageal Cancer Awareness Run/Walk event! Thank you to all who signed up, everyone who created a team, everyone who created a fundraiser, and to everyone who donated.
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To view our video slideshow from the virtual event, please visit: https://youtu.be/0cELKJafP9k
Remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
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Special thank you to our Lead Event Coordinator and Brooklyn, NY Chapter Representative Dara for all of her hard work and dedication to this cause! In loving memory of her father, Joe!
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Special thank you to Bronze sponsor: State Senator Andrew Gounardes

State Senator Andrew Gounardes represents New York's 22nd State Senate District

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Last, but not least, a special thank you to FabKloth Yarns for the fundraiser featuring custom, periwinkle yarns!
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To all who ran, walked, created a fundraiser or donated, your efforts are supporting this mission to raise awareness, encourage early detection, and to fund research of esophageal cancer.
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