BENEFITING: ESOPHAGEAL CANCER ACTION NETWORK INC
ORGANIZER: ESOPHAGEAL CANCER ACTION NETWORK INC
EVENT DATE: May 03, 2015
My name is Heather McCrory and I am working with ECAN (Esophageal Cancer Awareness Network) to raise aware of and fund research for esophageal cancer while running the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 3rd, 2015.
My husband, Jack McCrory, was diagnosed with Stated IIIb, Adenocarcinoma of the Esophagus on August 14, 2012 at the age of 31. Survival rates for advanced state esophageal cancer are less than 20%. Only ten days later we were married. Jack then began a rigorous treatment plan including 6 weeks of chemotherapy and 28 radiation sessions before undergoing an aggressive surgery to remove the tumor, 2/3rds of his esophagus and 2/3rds of his stomach on December 3rd of that year which was also his 32nd birthday. After losing 70lbs and enduring an additional 6 months of chemotherapy, he has been considered NED (no evidence of disease) for the past 20 months. He had a feeding tube on 2 different occasions in attempt to combat weight loss and fatigue, and required seven additional surgeries for complications related to the initial esophagectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
As I was running the half marathon last year I felt as though something was missing and really wanted to run in support of something great, make an impact for other who have suffered from this disease and help save lives.
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Network
ECAN is a nonprofit organization who’s mission is to save lives by increasing awareness about the link between Heartburn and Cancer, promoting early detection, supporting medical innovation to prevent, detect, treat and cure Esophageal Cancer and link patients and families to compassionate support. This non-profit organization, based in Baltimore, is led by a board of directors of top physicians, business leader, and families that have been touched by Esophageal Cancer.
Facts about Esophageal Cancer
In the United States, it is estimated that in 2015
About 16,980 new esophageal cancer cases will be diagnosed
About 15,590 deaths from esophageal cancer will occur
Only 1 in 5 patients diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer survived at least 5 years, in stark contrast with survival rates of all cancers which is 68%.
15 million Americans experience heartburn every day. Persistent heartburn or GERD can cause stomach acid to splash into the esophagus producing cellular changes that can ultimately result in cancer.
3 million Americans have Barrett’s Esophagus, a precancerous condition that results in as much as a 125 fold increase in an individuals’ chance to develop esophageal cancer.
Often esophageal cancer is not discovered until it has reached advanced stages when treatment outcomes are very poor.
With advances in research, education, treatment and early detection we can improve survival rates from 20%.
Our donation goal is $7,500 which will also help to ensure that ECAN becomes a permanent charitable partner with the Pittsburgh Marathon and that our efforts will continue for years to come.
Thank you in advance for all of your support. Now lets to get started to "Take Steps to Save Lives".
ESOPHAGEAL CANCER ACTION NETWORK INC wrote -
Take Steps to Save Lives and fight one of the fastest increasing and deadliest cancer diagnoses in the western world.
- Every 36 minutes an American dies of Esophageal Cancer
- Most cases are caused by reflux disease
- Yet, many people have no idea that reflux can cause cancer!
- The good news is that survival increases dramatically with early detection
- A precursor condition called Barrett's Esophagus can be found early
- Barrett's Esophagus can be cured, preventing the development of cancer
That's why your support is so important. ECAN works to raise awareness about the link between reflux disease and cancer - so early detection is more likely - and fights for more resources to beat the disease once it's diagnosed.
Find out more about ECAN and Esophageal Cancer at www.ecan.org