This year, 2013 will represent the eleventh year that ECEF has been in existance, and I am in my thirteenth year, with no further evidence of esophageal cancer disease (NED). Thank God for this time and giving me the opportunity to give something back and hopefully make a difference in patient lives.
In 2012, ECEF made major strides in its development, and we are very proud and thankful for the people we have come in contact with as patients, caregivers and people interested in helping us spread our message about this disease. We continue to walk the journey with patients who have this disease, and during 2012 have spoken to 75 patients who have been recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. This brings the total count of patients we have spoken to, to over 1,000 patients in the eleven years we have had this as part of our Mission Statement.
During 2012, we made the commitment to pay out in grants $80,000 to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center for research projects that will lead ultimately to detect Esophageal Cancer at an early stage. I am pleased to report that through donations that ECEF has received in 2012, these grants have been met and payment has been made to these Institutions.
We have, for 2013, made a commitment to grant $110,000 representing the two existing research projects at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai and we have added a third research project that deals with the esophagectomy surgery and the selection by the surgeon of the tissue he will use to reconnect the stomach and remaining part of the esophagus. This project also at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center addresses leaks that occur in the post surgical recovery process in the days following surgery. You can refer to our Donations at Work on our Home page of our web site www.fightec.org to read more about these research projects.
We have completed the publishing process and the book called Esophagectomy, Post Surgical Guide, Questions and Answers is now available through our publisher “Authorhouse” and through our web site www.fightec.org . This guide is the product of our Medical Advisory Committee responding to the most frequently mentioned issues in a patient’s recovery process post esophagectomy surgery.
We have seen in 2012, an increase in people wanting to help us spread the word about esophageal cancer and they have done various events in memory of their loved ones. From concerts being run in Wilmington North Carolina to bowling outings in Wantagh New York to people doing a letter campaign to their friends, family and business associates telling them about this dreaded disease and raising donations are but a few of the events we have had in 2012. We thank all those people for what they are doing and helping us support research projects that will help save lives. If you would like to review these events click on the What’s Happening button on our web site and you will see not only the active current events but also there is an opportunity to see what people have done in past events as well.
IN 2013, we will have our first Gala Event honoring Kimberly Guilfoyle a member of ECEF Board of Directors and the Doctors that comprise our Medical Advisory Committee. The preparation of this event is still on the drawing boards and we will report to you once all the details have been established.
We can only hope and pray that we will make a difference in people lives, and with God’s help this will happen.
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