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Donations To Support Esophageal Cancer Research in Memory of Lorraine D. Coakley

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Tim and Lorraine Coakley in 1998 at Hills Dept. Store Employee Dinner in Ohio

Lorraine D. Coakley was a resident of South Bloomingvillle, Ohio, a wife and mother who passed away after months of fighting esophageal cancer. Reflux disease was diagnosed to be the cause of Lorraine's cancer. Although gastroesophageal reflux disease is the most costly gastroenterologic disease, little federal funding is devoted to this problem. With private contributions, Lorraine's husband and son are hoping new medical discoveries will be made to better understand this disease and eventually find a cure.

Gifts in memory of Lorraine D. Coakley will be used to fund research for the early detection and ultimate cure of esophageal cancer. All money raised will go to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where they are working to isolate the gene that causes esophageal cancer.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that during 2004 approximately 14,250 new esophageal cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States. Esophageal cancer is commonly diagnosed during a late stage of the disease. As a result, most patients die of this disease. The ACS estimates 13,300 deaths from esophageal cancer during 2004. However, with the help of research and education, survival and early detection rates can improve.

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Please help us in preventing someone else from going through what Lorraine did in her battle against esophageal cancer. Your tax deductible donation, of any amount, can be made payable to 'Johns Hopkins Medicine'. Please include a note that your gift is in memory of Lorraine D. Coakley to support esophageal cancer research and send to:

Johns Hopkins Medicine
100 North Charles Street, Suite 316
Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

Thank you for your support.