BENEFITING: SALGI ESOPHAGEAL CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Apr 30, 2017
The 1st Annual Billy Bob Trot will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 9 AM CDT, at Creve Coeur Park – Tremayne Shelter, 13725 Marine Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63146.
The event aims to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research for esophageal cancer.
Sign up today!
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of. Bring your family, friends and co-workers, too! Children 12 and under are admitted FREE!*
About the event:
The 1st Annual Billy Bob Trot will benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research of esophageal cancer...in hopes of a cure.™
The path at Creve Coeur Park – Tremayne Shelter is approximately 3.5 miles and and guests are encouraged to walk at their own pace.
Guests are asked to park on hard-surface parking only, unless you have contacted park rangers to assist with grass parking.
The event starts at 9 AM.
Stacey Wright is the lead coordinator of this event and sadly lost her father to esophageal cancer.
“My father began to experience symptoms in November 2015, more specifically a feeling of “swallowing rocks” when he would eat. He gradually became unable to eat any foods. We knew that there was something wrong the day he threw his most favorite snack away in the trash, a bologna and tomato sandwich.
Whether he was just too scared of a doctor’s visit, or thought there wasn’t anything terribly wrong, the diagnosis came a little too late. Dad was diagnosed with Stage IV (4) esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) on February 17th 2016 and passed away on April 28th that same year. To say watching his demise was heartbreaking, is an understatement. I had to find a way to redirect my sadness and anger, and at the same time, to do right by him.
I decided to find a way to help with funding and research. What I learned is that there are not many funding opportunities for esophageal cancer in the St. Louis area. Over the last several months, I have worked with The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, along with St. Louis Parks, to coordinate a “walkathon” to support this cause, to raise awareness and to honor the best man I have ever known.
If this event can provide awareness or result in an early detection for just one person, then this walk will be an absolute, complete success!!!”
To read more of Stacey's story, please click here.
In 2015, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded esophageal cancer research funding for the very first time! With your support and generosity, the charity hopes to again fund research in 2017. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation also raised national AND international awareness. Your continued support directly impacts and sustains this mission!
Ready to make an even bigger impact?
When you register for the event, you will be asked if you'd like to create your own fundraising page. This is a great way to help raise more awareness of esophageal cancer and funding for this life-saving mission.
Registration is NOT required to make a custom fundraising page.
Can't make it? Here are other ways to get involved:
If you are unable to attend the event, there are many other ways in which you can make a difference and support this mission!
Donate: Support a team or individual fundraiser, click here.
Fundraise: Create your own custom fundraising page, click here.
Give: Make a one-time or recurring donation, visit: SALGI.org/donate.
Sponsor: Learn about sponsorship opportunities for the event, click here.
In-Kind Donation: Fill out our in-kind donation form, click here.
Learn the facts about esophageal cancer
-Esophageal cancer has increased over 600% and is considered one of the fastest growing cancer in the US.
-Risk factors include: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn), obesity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, Barrett’s esophagus.
-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 18.4%.
-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.
-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)
-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 4.5%.
-Despite these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.
Make a difference!
Join The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation to help make a difference against esophageal cancer. Whether you walk, volunteer, sponsor or donate, your involvement will directly support this life-saving mission. Thank you!
Waiver: In consideration of my participation in the The 1st Annual Billy Bob Trot and/or participation of another individual(s) or as a parent and/or guardian of a child or children age 12 and under, hereby for myself, my heirs and administrators assume any and all risks which might be associated with The 1st Annual Billy Bob Trot event supporting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Hereinafter the event, The 1st Annual Billy Bob Trot, will be referred to as "the event." I waive any and all rights and claims for injuries or damages which I may have against the organizers, volunteers, beneficiaries and sponsors of the event - I hold harmless The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, their representatives, successors and assigns for any and all injuries or damages of any kind whatsoever suffered by me or those I have registered as a result of taking part in the event and any related activities. With participation, I also allow The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation to use my photo, my name and also for those I am registering, in any advertising, marketing and/or promotional material. No refunds will be issued for this event. All children must register for the event either online, by email or in person on the day of the event. A party's failure or neglect to acknowledge this waiver does not hold The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation or any of its representatives and/or successors responsible for any injuries and/or losses due to participation in the event. *Children 12 and under are admitted free to The 1st Annual Billy Bob Trot. *Cash and check are the only forms of payment accepted the day of the event. *$20 in advance by Friday, April 28, 2017, at 1:00 PM CT/2:00 PM ET. ***Processing fee on tickets purchased through crowdrise and/or eventbrite. +For more information and sources, please visit our Facts and Statistics pages. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. salgi.org Mailing address: PO Box 1912, East Greenwich, RI, 02818.