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St. Louis, MO's 3rd Annual Billy Bob Trot- Esophageal Cancer Awareness & Research

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The 3rd Annual Billy Bob Trot will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, 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. 

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Tickets are $20 in advance by Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 1:00 PM CT/2:00 PM ET. $25 day of the event. 

Cash and check are the only forms of payment accepted the day of the event. Bring your family, friends and co-workers, too! 

Children 12 and under are admitted FREE!*    

Event t-shirts will be given to the first forty (40) pre-paid online registrants on the day of the event!* 

About the event:

 The 3rd 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 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.  

Dogs and other pets are not allowed at this event.  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!!!” 

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 2018. 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 on Crowdrise. 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: Make a tax-deductible donation, click here.
FUNDRAISE: To create a fundraising page or donate, click here.
IN-KIND: To make an in-kind donation, please click here.
SPONSOR:  To become an official event sponsor, please click here

Learn the facts about esophageal cancer 

-Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% in the past 4 decades.

-Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the US.

-Esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 18.8%.

-There are no routine or standard screenings.

-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer has spread.

-Stage IV has a survival rate of only 4.6%.

-Esophageal cancer research is critically underfunded.

-In 2016, an estimated $1.6 billion was spent on esophageal cancer care in the United States.

-2018 estimates for esophageal cancer: 17,290 diagnoses and 15,850 deaths.

-Risk factors include: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn), obesity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, Barrett’s esophagus. 

-Symptoms include: Painful or difficulty swallowing, food getting stuck (also sensation), weight loss (often unexplained), pain behind the breastbone or back, hoarseness and cough, indigestion and heartburn.

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! 

*For more information, please click here.


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