Q2 2014 – Quarterly Newsletter & Event Information


The second quarter of 2014 has been a very active quarter for ECEF and the Foundation has made some significant advances as shown below:

New Jersey Wireless Association (NJWA)

We are proud to announce that NJWA has named ECEF as its Non Profit Foundation for 2014. As part of this announcement ECEF will receive a $10,000 grant to bring awareness of Esophageal Cancer to New Jersey.

Our plan is to develop a model for New Jersey which will include a video about esophageal cancer, newspaper advertisements and establishing a blog on our web site that will focus on awareness and educating the public about this disease. We will also develop a letter campaign to major firms in New Jersey making them aware of this dreaded disease. We will adjust the plan as we go forward and our hope will be to use this model for other States and in that way take a step towards our mission statement that states: “To bring awareness and educate the public and medical community about esophageal cancer”


ECEF First Spring Gala

In April of this year we held our First Gala Event honoring Kimberly Guilfoyle a FOX News co-host of THE FIVE a cable news program on FOX News and the 7 members of the ECEF Medical Advisory Committee, namely, DRS Bains Sloan Kettering, Cooke UC Davis, Flores Mount Sinai, Gerdes Sloan Kettering, Ilson Sloan Kettering, Karpeh Hackensack Medical, and Park Sloan Kettering.

We set as a goal for 2014, to raise 100,000 for the research projects that we are supporting. You can see these projects when you visit our web site www.fightec.org and click on Donations at Work. As a part of our Gala announcements, we presented Dr Adusumilli a research surgeon at Sloan Kettering with a check for $50,000 towards these projects. To see pictures of the event please click on http://fightec.org/spring-gala-follow/


Ms. Emily Sobut, who ran the Chicago Marathon several years ago in memory of her Dad, decided to bring awareness of this disease to her company and have an event to do just that. She had her New Jersey Office and Chicago Offices participate in this event. She had each office create prizes that were unique to each office and then had the employees buy chances to win the various prizes. One prize to occupy the President’s office for a Day was one of the most popular offerings.

The company has given a check to ECEF for $10,000 as a product of this event.

The Esophageal Cancer Memory Walk

There were 7 deaths from Esophageal Cancer in the Frankfort Indiana community over the past thirteen years. Several families decided to have this event to bring awareness of this disease and the devastating effect this cancer has had on their community. They raised over $16,000 for our research commitments for 2014.  http://fightec.org/events/the-esophageal-cancer-memory-walk/
5K Run/Walk in memory of Brad Chik

Mrs. Lynn Chik Mohs decided to have this event in memory of her brother who died of Esophageal Cancer. This event took place on June 22nd in Littleton Colorado and had over 100 people participate in the event. The event raised over $3,700 for our research commitments for 2014.  http://fightec.org/events/brad-chik-5k-walk-race/


We will have our Annual Day at the Races at Monmouth Race Track in Oceanport New Jersey on September 14th beginning at 12 noon. We are having this event , not as a fundraising event as it has been in the past but rather as a gathering to say thank you for the people who have supported us through the years. The day will include entrance to the park with a program of races for the day and a pen and the buffet barbeque in the picnic area with hot dogs, burgers, and chicken with all the sides. We will also have beer, soda, ice tea, lemonade and water. This event will cost ECEF approximately $35.00 per person and that will be the price to attend this event.


On our web site www.fightec.org we have a category called EC Articles. We rely on Google to give us a copy of the original article each day that mentions Esophagus or Esophageal Cancer. We review the articles, and those that would be of interest to a patient and their family will be posted to our web site under various categories within EC articles. These articles are also posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Below are some of the articles we have selected for this quarters newsletter:

Genetic Test Could Hugely Improve Prognosis for Esophageal Cancer

Researchers have pinpointed the genetic basis of why some people with a serious complication of acid reflux known as Barrett’s esophagus go on to develop esophageal cancer.  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278983.php

Surgeon says Food May Be the Blame for Rise in Esophageal Cancer
A sharp rise in esophageal cancer has its roots in what we eat, says a New York doctor with a new book that covers cause, effect and solutions.  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/06/28/surgeon-says-food-may-be-to-blame-for-rise-in-esophageal-cancer/


If you have any thoughts about what you would like to see more about in these newsletters please let us know. We are always interested in assisting the patient and caregivers as they journey through this disease. You can email us at info@fightec.org .

Respectfully submitted

Bart Frazzitta


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