Cocktails in hopes of a Cure! Networking Fundraiser to Benefit Cancer Research

In commemoration of April: Esophageal Cancer Awareness month, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation will host: Cocktails in hopes of a Cure on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 6-8:00 PM at 1149 Restaurant in Warwick.

Cocktails in hopes of a Cure is a networking event designed to bring people together in a social atmosphere while raising awareness of esophageal cancer & supporting cancer research.

Tickets are $25 per guest. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited: Guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, door prizes and networking. Those who are unable to attend but would like to make a monetary donation may visit:

This is the second year that Rhode Island has recognized April as “Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.” This resolution was obtained through the efforts of The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a Rhode Island based 501(c) (3) nonprofit charity and Representative Patricia Serpa (D – Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick). Esophageal adenocarcinoma is amongst the fastest growing cancers. While many other types of cancers have stabilized or decreased, esophageal cancer has dramatically increased in those affected by more than 400% in the past 20 years.

Salgi was established to raise awareness, promote early detection and raise funds for esophageal cancer research. President of the charity, Linda Molfesi, started the foundation with daughter, Christina Abatecola, after losing her father, Salvatore Molfesi, to esophageal cancer.

With risk factors which include acid reflux, obesity, smoking and excessive drinking, esophageal cancer is too often diagnosed in its later stages, which causes an alarming number of cases to be fatal.

Molfesi stated: “It is important to bring awareness about this terrible disease not only in April, but throughout the year. We are working tirelessly to eventually have April named Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month throughout the United States.”

“When my grandfather passed away, there was too little known about esophageal cancer. Today, nearly fifteen years later, there is still an astonishing lack of research regarding esophageal cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.” Abatecola continued: “It is imperative that we receive the assistance of community members, public leaders and medical professionals to change the course of this cancer and save lives.”

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation: Established in Rhode Island on November 21, 2011 in order to raise awareness, encourage early detection and support research in hopes of a cure for esophageal cancer. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization, as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, visit:

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