A local community leader is helping raise awareness about esophageal cancer.
When Maitland native Pamela Sain's father passed away from esophageal cancer, she promised him she would do everything possible to raise awareness about the silent killer.
"We want the community to pay close attention to the signs and symptoms of acid reflux and heart burn. The problem is patients are self medicating with over the counter antacids and are masking their symptoms," said Sain.
Sain has partnered with Florida Hospital and Pointe Orlando for her "Taste of Pointe Orlando" fundraiser, benefitting the Esophageal Cancer Program at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. Last year, the event raised more than $30,000 and included 14 community sponsors. Shortly after the even, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared April as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.
Sain and Dr. Samuel Giday is a Gastroenterologist with the Center for Digestive Health stopped by Good Day to talk about the event.