BENEFITING: SALGI ESOPHAGEAL CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
In June of 2013, our family's lives changed forever. My dad, Ivan Parrish, was diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal Cancer. He immediately began treatments and battled for just over a year. On July 20, 2014, he lost his fight and the Lord called him home. Our family wants to do our part in raising awareness of this horrible cancer to carry on dad's legacy. We will be attending the 5th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run in Warwick, RI this summer. All donations will go toward the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation which raises awareness, encourages early detection, and funds research on Esophageal Cancer.
Esophageal Cancer has increased over 600% and is the fastest growing cancer in the US.
Risk factors include: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, chronic heartburn, obesity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, lack of physical exercise and Barret's esophagus.
As one of the deadliest cancers, Esophageal Cancer has a 5 year survival rate of only 17.5%
There are no routine or standard screenings to detect Esophageal Cancer in its earlier stages
Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is "distant" (spread to lymph nodes and other organs).
Stage IV has a survival rate of only 3.8%.
Despite these horrifying facts, Esophageal Cancer research is extremely underfunded.
The National Cancer Institute decreased its investment in research of Esophageal Cancer by 15% in 2012.
In 2013, Esophageal Cancer research funding was again decreased. The National Cancer Institute invested only $26.5 million for Esophageal Cancer research out of their total $4.79 billion budget.
However, $1.6 billion was ski aged to be spent on Esophageal Cancer treatment alone during 2014 in the US.