I started at ECAN on August 1, 2016. In that time I've been amazed at how dedicated our volunteers are. I've learned so much in such a small amount of time and am so very lucky to be a part of this organization! Mindy works 24/7 to bring awareness to this awful disease. I may only be part time but my heart is in it full time and am so blessed to work with Mindy. Spread the word: Heartburn Can Cause Cancer!!!
ECAN punches way above it's weight! Such a small organization, with such a small staff, and yet it's been able to accomplish so much. For example, it was able to get esophageal cancer (EC) included in the national genome mapping project, despite initially being turned down. More generally, by raising awareness of the link between GERD/heartburn and EC, and encouraging people to get scoped (an endoscopy) it has literally saved dozens, hundreds, many even thousands of lives. Practically, and more specifically, it has put out a patient guide to help people have an educated conversation with their primary care doctor about EC, especially if they're experiencing GERD/heartburn, so that they just don't leave the doctor's office with a prescription for drugs but are sent to be scoped (if justified). All with one full-time employee and at most 2-3 part-time staff. Go ECAN!
I am a proud ECAN Volunteer and would like to share that the Esophageal Cancer Action Network, Inc. (ECAN) has proven to be a very important part of my Esophageal Cancer journey. I was blessed to meet Mindy Mintz Mordecai, CEO and founder of ECAN in September 2012, just eight months after I was diagnosed with stage IV Esophageal Cancer. After completing successful chemotherapy, I was looking for ways to give back and I found ECAN. With the help of ECAN, I was able to host an amazing Awareness Event/5K called "Paint the Town Periwinkle" in April 2013. The main event was held in Athens, TN and branched out around the world. Working with ECAN has allowed me the ability to create EC Awareness and give hope to others for several years now. I have attended ECAN events each year and I cannot praise Mindy enough for all she does for ECAN - a truly great nonprofit. ECAN is very important to the advocacy, awareness and research of Esophageal Cancer - they are the voice for many - together wECAN make a difference!
- Stacy Alexander
ECAN saves lives! ECAN continues to meet its mission of raising awareness of early signs of esophageal cancer both among the general population and physicians, supporting medical research, and connecting patients, family and phycians with each other. The tireless efforts of Mindy Mintz Mordecai who has taken her pain and loss and combined it with her talents and passion has sustained ECAN for years. It has taken a local effort nationwide. She takes her passion and sparks the passion of others.
My dad didn't know that the persistent heartburn he had would lead to Esophageal Cancer and eventually his death. I don't want other families to lose someone they love, especially just for lack of knowledge. This is why I support ECAN. Their primary mission is to make people with heartburn aware of the risk for Esophageal Cancer. With a small but very passionate staff, they accomplish many amazing things. They organize events to raise awareness, they provide fliers, posters, and other material (physical and electronic) to help supporters spread the information, and they support those with EC and their families with a community of support and information among many other things. I have been very impressed with the efficiency and passion of this group and its supporters.
ECAN provides life-saving information to the general public and wonderful support to those who have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
ECAN has supported so many people with esophageal cancer in my community. I am excited and encouraged by the work they do nationally to help patients and families. Additionally, their commitment to, and support for research, has an international impact.
Life is Fragile handle with Care. Its about the moments, and having people who care.
When my healthy husband got suddenly sick and was told he had Esophageal Cancer, there was no real group to turn to, and less then 10% of the people survive, the web was full of scary and hopeless information. Now after many battles ECAN has been formed. This small non-profit group , against all odds have made a rare cancer group. "give up" is not in their vocabulary. Now when you wonder what can heart burn lead to, or what is EC you can turn to ECAN for some answers. let's just say "they get it" its about surviving.