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ECAN celebrates its Third Anniversary
In June 2009, a group of distinguished physicians and business leaders met in a board room at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore to initiate the creation of the only national non-profit advocacy organization focused on Esophageal Cancer.
At the meeting, the Board voted to call the new group ECAN, the Esophageal Cancer Action Network, Inc., elected a slate of officers and agreed to the general mission of increasing awareness about the link between Heartburn and Cancer and supporting increased funding of research into Esophageal Cancer treatment, detection and prevention.
Few people around that conference table could have predicted the achievement ECAN would foster in three years. From initiating the first-ever Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month to successfully advocating for the inclusion of Esophageal Cancer in groundbreaking research conducted by the Federal government, ECAN has made strides in the fight against this devastating disease. More >>>
Dad's memory won the war on cancer
by Shawn Skager
from the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
|John Skager with wifeShirley
and son Shawn, article author
I have one tattoo. It’s on the inside of my left forearm. Nothing fancy, just a simple, black, fouled anchor, the insignia of a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer.
What this tattoo lacks in intricacy and splendor, it makes up in significance. Wrapped around the anchor is a one-word banner – DAD.
Below the tattoo the years 1950-2011 denote the 61 years my father, John Charles Skager, spent on this planet. Last month marked a year since May 13, 2011, the day esophageal cancer took Dad’s life.
From the time doctors diagnosed him in the fall of 2009 to the moment on that sunny, Friday morning when he drew his last breath, I watched him wither away from a robust, healthy man to a frail, pale shadow of his former self.
Cancer may have won the battle against my father’s physical body. It put him in his grave much sooner than he deserved. But I believe Dad won his war with cancer.
Race to the Top of the Mountain
Daughter Runs to Support ECAN
and Dad's Fight Against EC
Michelle Carter and
her dad Mike Carter
When Michelle Carr participates in the Mount Washington Road Race on June 16, she will be making a metaphorical run on behalf of her father, Mike, 57, who began his own uphill climb when he was diagnosed in January with Esophageal Cancer.
Support Michelle's run by clicking here.
Michelle, 28, is an associate coordinator of research and legislations for United University Professions at State University of New York. She faces 7.6 miles with an elevation gain of more than 4,600 feet on the highest peak in the northeastern U.S., on the Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire.
Though she is a runner and has run in two half marathons—most recently on April 29—and a shorter uphill race in May on Prospect Mountain Road—she doesn’t make it a habit to travel around to races from her home in Troy, N.Y. More >>>
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