Walk Date: 9-23-2018
Walk Location: Horseshoe Lake Recreation Complex 72 Eyeland Ave. Succasunna, NJ 07866
Check-in/Registration Time: 9/23/2018 at 9:00 am Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm
Dogs are allowed in the park.
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Gabrielle Carratura
Contact Phone: 973-902-4743
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, my name is Gabrielle Carratura and I am the Event Coordinator for the Oral Cancer Walk/Run Fundraiser in memory of Christine Carratura. My mother, Christine Carratura was a wife and a mother of one daughter and two sons. She loved God and her children. She liked cooking and always thought of others before herself.
Christine was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Salivary Glands in 2008. She began seeing an ENT Specialist at Beth Israel Hospital, in New York City. Due to the advanced stage of her cancer at the time of diagnosis, her treatments were extensive and invasive. Her jaw had to be re-constructed and her salivary glands were removed. A feeding tube was put in for a couple of months. When it was finally removed at the end of treatment, she had trouble swallowing. In the beginning, she attempted to “eat” shakes with a spoon, but they were just too thick. The only way to consume nutrients was by thinning them and drinking through a straw. Because of this swallowing dysfunction, she lived off liquids until her passing.
It is possible that my mother could have prevented the disease from spreading if she would have seen a doctor when the signs became visible, a decade before her diagnosis was made. Unfortunately in America, oral cancers of all types, and in particular salivary gland cancers like ACC, were not something that were high in public awareness, and my mother did not realize that these early warning signs and symptoms were something so serious. Christine was not a smoker, and obvious risk factors were not a part of her lifestyle. While we have made a great deal of progress in awareness, it still is lacking for this disease compared to other cancers we hear about every day.
This experience with my mother, made me not only aware of the lack of awareness for oral cancer but created in me a desire to try to create change. I wanted to share that my mother regretted not going to the doctor sooner, and I urge others to become aware of the early signs and symptoms, not to ignore things which do not resolve or heal within a reasonable amount of time, and see your doctor on a regular screenings.
This is why, three years ago, I became a volunteer for OCF to bring raise awareness of oral cancer. In the time that’s passed, the incidence rate of oral cancer has continued to rise, and with it, our resolve to raise money for education and research initiatives in memory of Christine. I hope you will join us on Sunday September 23, 2018, for the 1st Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run in memory of Christine Carratura. It will be a day to remember my mother, help us achieve my goal of spreading awareness and raise critical funds in the fight to end oral cancer. Please register below and continue to check back for updated information about the event. I look forward to seeing you there!
When you walk in the Oral Cancer Foundation Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support oral cancer survivors.
Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, OCF has been able to fund multiple published research that aids in the fight agaist oral cancer.
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