2nd Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run on June 15

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The 2nd Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9 a.m. at Memorial Park in Arvada, CO.

The event aims to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research for esophageal cancer and will benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research of esophageal cancer...in hopes of a cure.™

In 2015, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded esophageal cancer research funding for the very first time. Then in November, 2018, less than seven years since the charity was founded, the foundation awarded esophageal cancer research funding for the second time.

The cost to participate is $20 in advance or $25 the day of; children 12 and under are admitted free! Guests may sign up individually or as a team. More information: salgiwalkarvada2019.eventbrite.com. Those who are unable to attend the event but would still like to donate may visit: SALGI.org/donate.

Supporters may also create a personalized fundraising page to make an even bigger impact. Registration is not required to create a page. Visit: crowdrise.com/salgiarvada2019 for more information.

Joy Parrish, Lindsey Parrish and Monica Winn are lead coordinators of the event. “This fundraiser is in honor of our father/husband, Roy Ivan Parrish, who passed away from Stage IV Esophageal Cancer on July 20th, 2014. We wanted to find a way to help with research and funding for esophageal cancer. As we began to look, there was not a lot of information or funding out there. For this event, our goal is to provide awareness of the causes of esophageal cancer, how important early detection is and to help fund any medical advances possible.”

About Esophageal Cancer: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), of which its most common symptom is chronic heartburn, is a primary risk factor for esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is among the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States.

The estimates for esophageal cancer in the United States for 2019 are about 17,650 new esophageal cancer cases diagnosed and about 16,080 deaths from esophageal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. With over a 700% increase in the past four decades, the overall five-year survival rate is only 19.2%.

There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages. Symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, typically appear once the cancer has become advanced. Despite its rapid increase and poor prognosis, esophageal cancer receives very little awareness and research funding.

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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation: A 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit established in 2011 to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research in hopes of a cure of esophageal cancer; For more information, please visit: www.salgi.org

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