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Arvada, Colorado's 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run

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The 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9 AM PST at Memorial Park 8001 W 59th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004.  

The event aims to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research for esophageal cancer. Tickets are $20 in advance by Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 12:00 PM MDT.    T-shirts will be available for paid guests who register by June 1, 2018!
$25 day of the event. Cash and check are the only forms of payment accepted the day of the event. 

 Bring your family, friends, co-workers and dogs, too!  Memorial Park is pet friendly!  Children 12 and under are admitted FREE!* 

About the event: The 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run 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.™ 

Parking instructions: There is parking lot behind City Hall and some street parking.  

Guests are to meet and register at the pavilion in the park- look for signs.  The event starts at 9 AM. 

The path is approximately three miles and guests are encouraged to walk or run at their own pace as the event is a walk/run and not a timed race. 

Joy, Lindsey and Monica, are coordinating the esophageal awareness event in Colorado. 

"This fundraiser is in honor of our father/husband, Roy Ivan Parrish, who passed away from Stage IV Esophageal Cancer on July 20th, 2014. 

Our father began to experience symptoms of a cold in the spring of 2013. It seemed like a common cold, but he could not kick the side effects. His primary doctor decided to do some blood work and that is when the results showed we were dealing with more than just a cold. 

Our father had suffered from GERD for many years and this had turned into Barrett’s esophagus. However, he was diligent in his checkups and always went in for his scopes in a timely manner. By the time blood work came back, he was diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer in June 2013. The doctors said the cancer was aggressive and it grew very fast. We had another year of life with our father, but it was a tough one. As anyone knows that has experienced medical trials, there were a lot of ups and downs. 

We wanted to find a way to help with researching and funding for esophageal cancer. As we began to look, there was not a lot of information or funding out there. For this event, our goal is to provide awareness of the causes of esophageal cancer, how important early detection is, and to help fund any medical advances possible. 

Lastly, this is for Ivan, Texas A&M class of ‘76 alum (go Aggies!), and who was able to battle cancer without losing his great sense of humor!"

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. 

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. To learn more and get started, click here

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:
  • Sponsor: Learn about our sponsorship opportunties. 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% in the past three decades 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 18.8%. 

-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 4.6%. 

-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 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run 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 Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run event supporting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Hereinafter the event, The 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run, 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 Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run.  All children must be registered online by a parent and/or legal guardian in order to participate in the event. *Cash and check are the only forms of payment accepted the day of the event. *Tickets are $20 in advance by Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 12:00 PM MDT. *Paid guests who register online by June 1, 2018 for the 1st Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run will receive a t-shirt on the day of the event.  Paid participants only.  T-shirts to be given out on the day of the event.  No size exchanges.  No exceptions can be made. *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. Mailing address: PO Box 1912, East Greenwich, RI, 02818.


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