In March 2007 Mike was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer and died one and one half days later. He was 57 years old and had never smoked. His symptoms were acid reflux for years, and near the end, upper respiratory distress due to lung involvement. In other words, THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS. This is a slow growing cancer that he probably had for a year or more. His three sons and wife are determined to help other families not to go through this horrible loss. This life altering event pushed Patrick, Chris, Brian, and Jo Ellen to create a Foundation in Mikes name to promote education and research for the prevention, early detection, and cure of this deadly disease.
Here are some startling facts about Esophageal Cancer:
*Since 1970, the incidence of Esophageal Cancer has risen by 700% and its occurrence is rapidly rising, outpacing all other cancers and is most common in men over 40.
*The National Cancer Institute estimates that this year 13,200 Americans will be diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer and approximately 12,500 will die of the malignancy.
*More than half of newly diagnosed patients have incurable disease at their first evaluation, and more than 90% of patients with Esophageal Cancer die within five years of the diagnosis.
We are forging a new relationship with Dr. John Hunter and OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) in 2012. Our funds through OHSU will go toward providing research grants specific to Esophageal Cancer that ultimately address prevention, early detection and finding a cure.
Please review the Sponsorship tab for sponsorship details. Complete the Sponsorship Opportunity form indicating your desired sponsorship level, cash, or other donation. Please contact the organizers for any questions or concerns you may have by phone or e-mail.
All proceeds from the Mike Newton Classic Golf Tournament will go to Esophageal Cancer Research; your contribution is tax deductible. The MJNECF is a 501c3 charity; our tax Id is 20-8966627.
Make a difference - support the cause, whatever your motivation or rational, your contribution is invaluable. Together we can make a difference.
In 2009 Dr. John Hunter and others released a text on Esophageal Cancer. For more information check out: Esophageal Cancer: Principles and Practice.
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Our Story Featured in The Times 2009 (Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood)
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