BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2013) − The Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) has appointed Francine Moreland to a three-year term on its board of directors.
“It is alarming and sad how many people are affected by esophageal cancer,” Moreland said. “Increasing awareness of the link between heartburn and esophageal cancer may prevent someone from suffering with this terrible cancer.”
She added, “As someone who has dealt with heartburn and acid reflux over the past 15 years, I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with ECAN to increase awareness to the public.”
A 20-year industry veteran, Moreland is the Chief Operating Officer at Colliers International|Baltimore in Columbia. In addition to overseeing the operations of the management company, she chairs its Community Action Team, which promotes local food, blood and clothing drives, and participates in service projects such as building a children’s playground, bike riding for cancer research and sending care packages to military serving overseas.
She also has provided pro bono accounting support to Camp Puh’ Tok, a non-profit camp for boys and girls.
Moreland earned both a bachelor’s degree in technology and management and a master’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland. She resides in Spring Grove, Pa.
About Esophageal Cancer & ECAN
One American dies of esophageal cancer every 36 minutes, and diagnoses of the disease are up more than 400 percent in the past 20 years. The type of esophageal cancer increasing so rapidly in the United States is usually caused by heartburn.
ECAN’s mission is to save lives by increasing awareness about the link between heartburn and cancer, promoting early detection and supporting medical innovation to prevent, detect and treat esophageal cancer. The Baltimore-based national non-profit organization is led by a board of directors of top physicians, business leaders and families that have been touched by esophageal cancer.
Through ECAN’s efforts, April has been formally designated as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in most U.S. states. ECAN also published the Guide for Patients and successfully advocated with the National Cancer Institute to include esophageal cancer in its groundbreaking genome mapping project known as The Cancer Genome Atlas. For more information, visit www.ecan.org.