The 2017 Esophageal Cancer Memory Walk

Clinton County, Indiana has, since 2000, lost 17 people to Esophageal Cancer.
April 22, 2017 will mark our 4 th year to hold a Memory Walk to honor our loved
ones lost to EC. Here are the stories of two of those being honored this year.


Cheyanne Large was just 11 years old when she, her sisters,
Kryssi (12) and Ali (17) and brothers, Dakota (13) and Shawn (14) lost their father Christopher Large (37) to Esophageal Cancer in 2009. Cheyanne wrote this poem to her Dad.

“I love you” doesn’t even describe how I felt about you.
I cried and you were there. I got hurt and you were there.
I needed a hug or a laugh and there you were.
You made days better and you spent Christmas Eve with us;
And it meant the world to me.
How beautiful your smile was and how it brightened a room.
Now you smile down on us and we can’t see it, but feel it
You are forever there still and I can’t wait to see you again.

Fly high dad, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and son. We all still
think about you and love and miss you every day.



My husband of 34 years, the father of our 2 children and 4 grandchildren, died of Esophageal Cancer on April 12, 2000 at the age of 54.

Jay noticed he had been having trouble swallowing. We made an appointment with a specialist, and an Endoscopy was performed. The results were Esophageal Cancer Stage 4. We chose to get 2 other opinions taking us to Indianapolis, IN Cancer Center and to Vanderbilt Cancer Center in Nashville, TN.
Unfortunately all diagnoses were the same. August was spent with radiation treatments every day. September through March he had chemo every other week. Jan continued to work every day until March 13, 2000, which was our 34th wedding anniversary. He kept fighting until the doctor said there comes a time when quality of life is better than quantity of life. It will soon be 17 years and we still miss him every day.

To donate to ECEF on behalf of this walk click on the donate button below:

Total Donations $ 11,565.00

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