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.
GERD Awareness Week is the week of Thanksgiving
Share a life-saving message with an eCard you can personalize to let friends and family know how much you care!
These easy-to-send eCards can tell those you are thankful for everything they need to know to have a meaningful conversation about their symptoms and the possible need for screening with their health care provider.
Each card links to a downloadable, free Guide for Patients developed by ECAN in partnership with physicians around the nation to give patients the information they need to know about GERD, Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer.
Click here to send a Thanksgiving eCard now!
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