ECAN announces new campaign to raise awareness that
Reflux Disease is No Laughing Matter
Jeff Foxworthy Headlines Main Event
In the coming weeks, watch as ECAN unveils an innovative, nationwide campaign to raise awareness about
the link between Reflux Disease and Esophageal Cancer including:
- a 16-week Public Awareness Campaign,
- a Competition for up-and-coming standup comedians,
- an "armchair" competition for other funny folks, and
- an evening of laughter featuring one of America's
favorite comedians, Jeff Foxworthy!
It’s a 16 week multi-media Public Awareness Campaign
This multi-media effort is based on the No Laughing Matter
theme (Reflux Disease is No Laughing Matter – Heartburn can cause Cancer) and
will be launched in mid-January and run through April for EC Awareness Month.
The campaign will include email, social media messaging, videos, downloadable materials and other features.
It’s a Comedy Club Competition in cities from coast to coast
These Competitions for the chance to open for Jeff Foxworthy
at the April 12th event will be held at 10 – 12 Comedy Clubs in major cities coast to coast6 in March. The winners of the competition at each club
will go on to compete for support of voters nationwide who will view the video
of their winning performances on the ECAN YouTube site where they will have the
opportunity to vote online for their favorite performer. The top vote-getter
will be the opening act for our evening of comedy and will win a free trip to
DC, accommodations and tickets for two to our VIP reception and comedy event.
It's an online fundraiser and comedy competition for the folks at home
Everyone can get involved in No Laughing Matter! If you have a knack for jokes (or even a funny tune), send us your video. We'll give you your own fundraising page to support the fight against Esophageal Cancer and help you spread the word that Reflux Disease is No Laughing Matter and post your video on our YouTube page. The armchair comic who raises the most money to support ECAN's life-saving mission and the armchair comic who gets the most votes for their video performance will each win transportation, accomodations and tickets for two to our VIP reception and comedy event.
It all culminates in a fantastic evening of laughter featuring
one of America’s favorite comedians
Sunday evening, April 12, 2015
Crystal Gateway Marriott Arlington, Virginia
This evening will begin with a VIP reception in advance of
the Foxworthy performance where guests will enjoy plentiful hors d’oeuvres, an
open bar and the opportunity to meet Mr. Foxworthy in person. A limited number
of guests will have the opportunity for photos and autographs with and by our
Guests attending the main event at No Laughing Matter ~ an Evening with Jeff Foxworthy
will enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine and soft drinks and light fare
served tableside. The Cabaret-style program will begin with a short video,
recognition of special guests, a live celebrity auction and a short opening
comedy act by our Comedy Club Competition winner. After a brief intermission,
Mr. Foxworthy will take the stage to present his side-splitting brand of comedy.
Tickets for the Evening with Jeff Foxworthy as well as details of the comedy competitions will be available in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
ECAN works to make President's reflux diagnosis in wake of sore throat a "teachable moment"
Public learns more about symptoms & risks of reflux through media
of President Obama’s recent reflux
disease diagnosis could help save the lives of thousands of Americans living
with the same condition. After
complaining of a sore throat for weeks, the President was diagnosed with reflux disease.
In reflux disease, also called GERD (gastroesophageal
reflux disease), stomach contents, including stomach acid, backs up into the
esophagus and sometimes all the way up to the throat. This can burn the lining
of the esophagus and throat, causing inflammation.
this announcement will be a teachable moment for those living with a persistent
sore throat and other symptoms that few associate with reflux disease. Most
of us don’t think of a sore throat, hoarse voice, persistent cough or choking
when we lie down as symptoms of reflux disease, which mostly, we think of as heartburn.
ECAN reached out to the media to make them aware of this important opportunity and several major news outlets ran reports on this subject (and more stories are to come!) Check out the Opinion piece written by ECAN's President and CEO published by the Detroit News, and news stories run by the St. Louis Examiner and the North Dallas Gazette.
“The focus of
national media on the fact that President Obama discovered his reflux
because of a persistent sore throat elevates the understanding of the
link between reflux and symptoms that aren’t usually associated with the
condition,” said gastroenterologist ECAN Chairman Dr. Bruce D.
Greenwald, professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
and Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
understanding of the various – but often misunderstood – symptoms of reflux
disease could save lives because reflux disease is the cause of one of the
deadliest and fastest increasing cancers in the United States.
ECAN's Founder Selected for NCI Task Force
Representing Patients' Interests in Research Funding Decisions
The Esophageal Cancer Action Network is proud to announce that ECAN President & CEO
Mindy Mintz Mordecai has been named to the National Cancer Institute's
Esophagogastric Task Force of the
Gastrointestinal Steering Committee and
the NCI Patient Advocate Steering Committee.
Ms. Mordecai serves as a Patient Advocate Representative on the Task Force that is focused on improving the clinical research that impacts Esophageal and Gastric cancer
"It's a great honor and priviledge to be selected as one of two advocates representing patients on this important Task Force," said Ms. Mordecai. "Because research dollars are so scarce, especially for Esophageal and Gastric cancers, the decisions made by this group can make a real difference in what can be accomplished in medical research in the future."
The NCI Patient Advocate Steering Committee works to make the voice of patients heard as
important research decisions are made at the National Cancer Institute.
They Ran to Save Lives & Heal the Pain of Loss Daughters ran Marathons to support ECAN in Memory of their Dads
Melissa Maguire ran the New York City Marathon
|Melissa Maguire runs in 2013 NYC Marathon;
with her father James Maguire at her wedding
Melissa Maguire of Jersey City, New Jersey joined more than 50,000 runners in the 2014 New York
City Marathon. Along with fellow marathoners, Melissa had an unseen running buddy.
“He may not be by my side anymore, but he is
not lost to me,” said Maguire, speaking of her dad, James Maguire of Matawan, N.J., Her father was healthy and
active throughout his life. But in 2008 at the age of 60, he started experiencing pain
in his abdomen and was diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal Cancer.
“My father was my hero and life preserver,” Maguire said. “I had been a daddy’s girl my whole life and
the thought of losing him was crushing. I needed an outlet for my stress and it
turned out to be running.”
An Executive Producer with NY1, New York City's 24-hour local TV news station, Melissa ran her first half-marathon in 2009 with her father
cheering from the sidelines. Sadly, the cancer eventually spread to his brain and James Maguire died
on Jan. 7, 2011.
With two marathons under her belt, Melissa decided to partner with ECAN for this year’s New York City Marathon. You can still support Melissa's Marathon at www.crowdrise.com/milesformaguire/fundraiser/melissamaguire.
“I decided this time around to raise money for ECAN because
no one should have to say goodbye to their daddy when he’s only 63,” Maguire
said. “Heartburn should not be ignored
because, as ECAN’s slogan says, it can cause cancer.”
Jessica Sargent ran the Marine Corps Marathon
|Jessica Sargent with Marathon medal (L);
runs in shirt back in memory of her dad;
bride & father Thomas Burns at wedding
Among the more than 30,000 runners who participated in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon through
Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. on October 26th, one
25-year-old woman was running to save lives.
That’s because Jessica Sargent wore the message that Heartburn can cause Cancer on her back
in the hope that other families won’t have to suffer as hers did.
The week before her May 2013 wedding, her father, Thomas “Burnzy” Burns was diagnosed with stage III esophageal
cancer. Despite aggressive chemotherapy
and radiation treatments, a 14-hour surgery
and “his unwavering spirit,” her father passed away, Oct. 25, 2013. He was 48 years old.
“Running has always been an outlet for me and it
took on a new role in my life as I coped with the loss of my father,” said Sargent,
nurse at St Luke’s University Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
“When I realized that the 2014 Marine Corps
Marathon would take place on the weekend that marks the one-year anniversary of Daddy's death, I immediately
knew that I needed to run it for him and all the other esophageal cancer patients that leave us too soon,” she added. “While training for this marathon,
very close to my dad – as though he is right there with me cheering me along
with each step.”
has partnered with ECAN and created a fundraising campaign in conjunction with
her participation in the marathon. Gifts
can be donated online at http://tinyurl.com/Jessica-ECAN-run.
with ECAN, I can help make people aware that heartburn can cause cancer.”
Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers
ECAN active member of coalition backing the effort
A bipartisan caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives has been formed to focus attention on cancers with a survival rate of less than 50%, including Esophageal Cancer. The caucus was formed with the support of the Deadliest Cancers Coalition which is a collaboration of organizations, including ECAN, that are focused on these deadly cancers.
A briefing was organized by the Congressional Caucus on the Deadlist Cancers drew a standing-room only crowd and featured remarks from co-chairs of the Caucus, including Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-CA, pictured here.
ECAN is working to increase membership in the caucus and will launch a campaign to raise awareness among members of Congress about the need for more resources and public awareness about Esophageal Cancer and other of the deadliest cancers. You can participate in our advocacy effort by signing up here.
1st HEARING about CANCER on the HILL IN 6 YRS!
SEE and HEAR it HERE
including Testimony from Actor Valerie Harper
and NCI Director Harold Varmus