Survivor Story: Borden “Yes, you can beat this!”

March 8, 2019

Below is a story from a wife of a man who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  We are very thankful to this couple for sharing their personal experiences with us in order to bring awareness to this devastating cancer.  As his wife said, “I want to bring hope to people facing this horrible disease. [My husband} is a testament to fighting and winning!”

Survivor Story: Borden. Story by wife, Mary A.

My husband was diagnosed on March 3, 2009 with stage 3 Esophageal cancer. He fought it with chemo and radiation first then after 2 months if intensive treatments had the 9.5 hr surgery to remove the cancer. He had to learn how to swallow again and ate through a feeding tube for 7 months. It was such a scary time for us.

Jump ahead to ten years later, he’s doing great!!! He survived with lots of care and prayer. My prayers were answered and I hope his story will help others know, yes you can beat this awful disease!


Awareness, Early Detection and Research

Too often, esophageal cancer is ignored and disregarded. There is a tremendous need to bring not only awareness but tools and resources to encourage early detection and advocacy and actual funding for esophageal cancer research.

The personal stories we share on our website do just that.  They are each equally important and deserve to be published.  Please do not reproduce any of these stories without our permission.  You may contact us with any questions or comments.

Do you have an experience with esophageal cancer that you would like to share either publicly or privately?  To learn more, please visit: Share Your Story.


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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation Issues Esophageal Cancer Research Funding For the Second Time

December 14, 2018

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation has issued funding for esophageal cancer research in November, 2018; the second time in just seven years since the charity was founded.

The Foundation awarded principal investigator, Dr. Donald Low and Virginia Mason Medical Center, grant funding.  Dr. George Hanna of St Mary’s Hospital (Imperial College London) is co-investigator.  The research is currently underway.

In 2011, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation was established to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer.  Since 2011, the foundation has both raised awareness and encouraged the importance of earliest possible detection throughout New England, across the United States and internationally.  The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation first funded esophageal cancer research in July, 2015.

“The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is excited to be a part of Dr. Low’s, Professor Hanna’s and Virginia Mason’s research efforts in honor of all the brave men and women who have been affected by esophageal cancer and to hopefully reduce incidence and improve outcomes for individuals in the future,” President of the foundation, stated.

The research intends to establish a non-invasive test for the 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.

Learn the Facts About Esophageal Cancer

One of the primary risk factors associated with esophageal cancer is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux disease, of which the most common symptom is chronic heartburn.  Other risk factors include obesity, heavy drinking, poor nutrition and smoking and/or use of tobacco products.

With over a 733% increase in the past four decades, esophageal cancer is among the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States and the western world.1

There are no current standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages. Current guidelines recommend referral for endoscopy “only in the setting of ‘red flag’ symptoms that are frequently associated with inoperable disease,” Dr. Low stated.

These ‘red flag’ symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, typically appear once the cancer has become advanced.  This, in addition with other factors mentioned, leads to the current overall five-year survival rate of only 19.2%.2  Despite its rapid increase and poor prognosis, esophageal cancer receives very little awareness and research funding.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

The Salgi Foundation: Past Esophageal Cancer Research Funding

In July, 2015, the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation issued esophageal cancer research funding to Program Director Dr. Carlos Minacapelli and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnston Medical School.  That research was presented as a poster presentation during Digestive Disease Week in May, 2017.

Thank you!

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation would like to thank all our supporters and donors who believe in this mission and who make these accomplishments possible.  However, this is just the beginning.  The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation continuously receives many requests for esophageal cancer research.  We need to continue our efforts to fundraise so that we may continue to fulfill this mission to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research.

To make a tax-deductible donation to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, please visit:






1 “Esophageal Cancer Sees Dramatic Spike.” Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News. 18 October 2018.

2 “Cancer Stat Facts: Esophageal Cancer.” National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.  11 December 2018.

Support Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Research This #GivingTuesday!

November 26, 2018

Giving Tuesday The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

Today is Giving Tuesday!

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.


On November, 27th, 2018, Facebook will match a total of up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to eligible US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits like The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation!

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.

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

DONATE TODAY! The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Thank you!

Fundraising Spotlight: 3rd Annual Brian Blood Memorial Golf Tournament

October 22, 2018
Brian Blood The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation The 3rd Annual Brian Blood Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 24th at Butter Brook Golf Club in Westford, MA.  The annual event is in honor of Brian Blood, who passed away after a short but courageous battle with esophageal cancer.
Prior to his passing, his family promised him they would hold an annual golf tournament in his honor, with the goal of raising money for esophageal cancer awareness and research.  This year, the tournament raised $12,500!  We are pleased to share that in three years, they have raised a total of $37,500 for esophageal research!
A special thank you to Gold Sponsors: Neuro Corporation, Devereaux LLC and Hillside Constructions and Silver Sponsors: University Orthopedics and Feeney Brother, Inc.
Thank you to the many other families and organizations who donated to the event and helped to make the day a success.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is honored to fulfill this mission in honor of Mr. Brian Blood and we are so thankful to his family and friends for their hard work, dedication, generosity and support!

Esophageal Cancer Sees Dramatic Spike- Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018 | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

This article was posted on to view the original article, please click here.

“The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has spiked more than sevenfold over the past four decades, far outpacing other tumor types. But the disease is detected early enough to be resected in at least 20% of patients with minimally invasive procedures.

Those findings come from a new epidemiological study of esophageal cancer in the United States. Researchers found that the incidence of EAC rose 733% between 1973 and 2014, according to government data, climbing an average of 5.4% per year during the 41-year period (Figure). The next-fastest form of cancer—breast cancer—rose by 0.9% per year, on average, during that time.”

To read the full article, please visit:

Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States.  There are no routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in earlier stages and symptoms (such as difficulty swallowing, choking sensation, etc…) often occur once the cancer spreads and becomes more difficult (if not impossible) to treat.

Learn the facts about esophageal cancer

-Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% and is considered one of the fastest growing cancer in the US.

-Risk factors include:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
  • obesity,
  • 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 18.8%.

-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 4.6%.

-Despite these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.

To make a tax-deductible donation to our charity, please visit:

Download Our Free Ebook: Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories

July 27, 2018

Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories By The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundaion

We created an ebook titled: “Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories.”

These stories from esophageal cancer survivors have brought us so much inspiration and we are honored to share them with you and with as many people as possible.

While esophageal cancer does have lower survival rates compared to other cancers, it is our hope that those facing a diagnosis and their families also have access to testimony that esophageal cancer can be beat.

Many of those who have shared their story did not “fit the mold” when they were diagnosed.  There is a misconception that esophageal cancer “only” affects older, overweight, Caucasian males.  However, esophageal cancer is considered one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers.  Due to this fact, it is also rapidly affecting both men and women of all ages.

These stories highlight the importance of early detection, routine screening, quality treatment and the significance of staying positive and having hope when you feel hopeless.

Thank you to all of the survivors and/or their family member(s) who have shared their story! To those who are facing a diagnosis or currently battling esophageal cancer, we send you our very best well wishes for health, healing, strength and hope and to all who have passed away, we will forever hold you close in our hearts.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories ebook is available in the following formats: epub, mobi (Kindle) pdf, online reader, pdb, txt.

To download a FREE copy of the ebook, please visit:

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Kendra Scott Fundraising Event in Chicago, IL benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

June 26, 2018

Join us for a fundraising event on Saturday, July 14th from 1-4 PM at Kendra Scott Soutport in Chicago to raise money for esophageal cancer awareness and research efforts! 20% of all proceeds will benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Enjoy sips, sweets and jewels!


Kendra Scott Southport

3426 N Southport Avenue

Chicago, Illinois


Not going to be in Chicago that day, but want to participate? Not a problem! You can place a phone order! 708-669-0230.

Together we can raise awareness, and get one step closer to ending esophageal cancer once and for all!

Please help us make this a great success by sharing this event on Facebook, click here, and share the image below on Instagram! Tag us in your posts @SalgiFoundation.  Thank you!


Kendra Scott Fundraising Event in Chicago, IL benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

Kendra Scott Fundraising Event in Chicago, IL benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

Stories with a Purpose Podcast: Colleen, Esophageal Cancer Survivor

May 18, 2018

In 2016, Colleen C was diagnosed with Stage II esophageal cancer at age of 29 and shared her experiences on the podcast: Stories with a Purpose.

“Colleen tells her story about overcoming esophageal cancer by relying on family, great medical care, and extraordinary patient navigator. Listen to how this experience has re-energized her focus on care-giving and help for special needs kids.”

To listen to the podcast interview, please click here.


The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation- Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Early Detection, Research, Faith, Hope, Love, Cure, Advocacy

Colleen was diagnosed with Stage II esophageal cancer at age of 29.

Read Colleen’s story below:

“My name is Colleen and I am currently 31 years old.  In March of 2016 at the ripe age of 29, I went to see a GI doctor for chronic heartburn but now I was experiencing intense stomach aches. My doctor essentially thought it was ulcers and wanted me to have an endoscopy done. Low and behold my doctor found a tumor where my stomach and esophagus intersect. The next day I was diagnosed with stage 2 esophageal cancer and my honeymoon was abruptly put on hold. I was a newlywed and scared out of my mind to be diagnosed with a “rare” cancer.

I was also the youngest patient my hospital had ever seen with this type of cancer. Because they had the tumor “exactly where they wanted it” without spreading the completed esophagectomy surgery 2 weeks later. It was then followed by fertility treatments, chemotherapy, and radiation.

I spent my 30th birthday recovering in the CVTU learning how to regain my new “normal” life. Learning how to re-eat was absolutely quite the struggle; in fact i’m still learning my limits. I work out more, watch what I eat, and try to not let anything get in the way of my sense of humor.

If I didn’t make fun of myself and what I was going through I would have never made it out of this horror story. Just because I’m now in remission doesn’t mean I don’t live with the fear everyday that cancer can return. I try to keep my mind busy and my anxiety at bay. I’m loving life and doing my best to advocate early detection for symptoms such as acid reflux and heartburn.”


Esophageal Cancer Fast Facts:

Esophageal cancer has increased over 600% in the past three decades and is currently considered the fastest growing cancer in the United States and western world.  Due to it’s rapid increase, esophageal cancer is affecting more and more people: both men and women of all ages and every ethnicity.   There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer and symptoms often do not occur until the cancer has spread.

Thank you Colleen for sharing your experiences on the podcast and with The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.  As Colleen stated, if there is something off or amiss with your health, please speak to your doctor immediately and remember that you are your own best advocate when it comes to your personal health.

Take Colleen’s advise: “If it doesn’t feel right, get it checked.”

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

May 17, 2018

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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Fundraising Spotlight: The Organic Gallery Pop Up Art Show and Fundraiser

April 24, 2018

Nicole H.’s father, Jon V., was diagnosed in February, 2017, with esophageal cancer.   She is hosting The Organic Gallery Pop Up Art Show and Fundraiser on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the White Butterfly in Jackson, New Jersey, to benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.

Jon shares his experience with esophageal cancer below:

Esophageal Cancer?

I can’t even spell it, much less “have” it! Ask around….. significant heartburn, acid reflux and the pain and burning that goes with it, burping a burning substance….. often! If you had these symptoms or were significantly over weight or had a history of years of smoking…. or drinking excessive alcohol…. the obvious flaws in your general health profile…. then you had cause to pay attention and have some concern. I had nothing like this to alert me. I was somewhat overweight but not grossly so.  My family now tells me I had a cough, one they noticed but that was so “mild” that it never caught my attention.

I’m a singer (barbershop quartet) and I typically sing for an audience scores of times a year.  In the very busy singing season of December 2016 when the quartet was singing up to 5-6 gigs a day, I began having significant chest and abdominal pain such that I’d hold on to my chest as we rode gig to gig, “assemble” myself for a 20 minute set, and press on from there.  I then knew something was wrong.  By the end of December, I had lost 30 pounds because it was painful to eat.  Yes, there was a problem.

After my family doctor referred me to my gastroenterologist who did an endoscopic exam with a biopsy, the reality stood out bold and tall.  It turns out I had a tumor at the base of my esophagus and a CT scan revealed that the cancer had metastasized to a lymph node in the celiac access. This was a complex cancer.

I learned that being sick is a full time job.  I had a port installed to facilitate the chemotherapy I had coming and a PEG tube to ensure I could receive nourishment as needed to keep from starving.  Between twelve weeks of chemotherapy treatments and the great discomforts that accompany them, and the many weeks of radiation treatments that drain you of all of your energy, I was rendered powerless.  It still had to be done.

Cancer and treatments make one susceptible to nausea and the pain killers make constipation and/or diarrhea real issues.  I was blessed to have neither….. but, I did get to participate in blood clots cancer can promote which put me in the hospital for ten days and removed surgical alternatives from my available treatment options. 

Finally, when my alternatives were weighed, the statistics for further chemotherapy or further radiation simply did not support participation in such.  It was/is, instead, time to seek control of pain, the capacity to eat meals and the best one can do to have some stamina.  What is then left is to pursue quality of life, make the best of the time remaining.

The oncologist and the radiologist who have treated me have both brought great compassion and skill to their mission.  I am grateful for their work.  Now, I have but one practitioner to whom I can turn.  I am comforted to know that He brings perfection in all He does.

By: Jon Vickers


The Organic Gallery Pop Up Art Show and Fundraiser- The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation


The Organic Gallery Pop Up Art Show and Fundraiser will feature local art and photography talent benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.  The Organic Gallery works to bring local art and environment together to enhance the art and create a one of a kind, relaxed art experience.  The art show is outdoors and live music from local musicians is also part of the event.  Refreshments will be served. 25% of all art sales will go to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.   Please come out and support local artists and underfunded research of esophageal cancer.  To learn more about the event, please visit: