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Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. Visit our Contact Us Page
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Making a Difference in Your Area

Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer has its headquarters in South Florida and Chapters across the United States and Canada with more opening all the time.  Our Chapters allow us to serve the needs of stomach cancer patients, families, and caregivers across the world.  If you are interested in starting a DDF Chapter or inquiring about whether a Chapter is in the works in your area, please contact us at (855) 475-1200 or send an email to Admin@DebbiesDream.org.  We welcome your inquiries, help and involvement!

Headquarters

 

The headquarters of Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is located in Florida and is where the work of DDF started in April 2009 by President and Founder Debbie Zelman pictured here. To read more about the DDF President and Founder Debbie Zelman, click the below link: 

UNITED STATES CHAPTERS

California San Diego Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder:  Kathleen Clarke-Zumpone
Email:  kmc-cota@cox.net
Cell:  (619) 993-0219
Kathleen Clarke-Zumpone founded the San Diego Chapter in memory of her sister, Mauri Olsen, who passed away on 8/16/13 from Stage IV gastric cancer.  Mauri was diagnosed in October 2010 and bravely underwent treatment up until a few weeks before she passed away.  Mauri is ...
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California San Francisco Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founders:  Branny and Albert Carrasco
Email:  Albert.Carrasco@dla.mil

Cell: (209) 541-6305
The San Francisco Chapter was started by Albert and Branny Carrasco. Branny was diagnosed with Stage 3b stomach cancer in November 2013, at 31 years of age. She had a Helicobacter Pylori infection. H.Pylori caused an Ulcer and a few days in the emergency room. After a year of seeing a few GI specialists all seemed well....
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Georgia Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder:  Tracy Todd
Email: tracymtodd@me.com
Cell: (770) 913-9992 
Tracy Todd, age 44, started the Georgia Chapter when she was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer in January 2013. Tracy is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and has completed 4 rounds. Scans show over a 50% reduction in lymph node ...
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Idaho Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder:  Steve Andrews, MBA
Email: steve.andrews@simplot.com

Cell: (208) 867-6979
Steve Andrews was born in California but moved to Idaho in 1972.  He received his Accounting degree from the University of Idaho in 1984 and recently obtained an Executive MBA from Boise State University.  Steve worked in public accounting starting in 1985 and in 1988 joined ...
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Illinois Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder:  Eric Grush
Chapter President: Linda Grush

Email: grushfamily@comcast.net
Cell:  (312) 805-9675

Eric Grush established the Illinois chapter of DDF in 2012, two years after he was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, surgery to remove most of his stomach and esophagus, more chemo, and then two separate clinical trials, Eric passed ...
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Maryland Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder:  Gae Rogers
Email: RogersGae@gmail.com
Cell: (410) 596-5859 
The Maryland Chapter was founded by Gae Rogers who is also a DDF Patient Resource Education Mentor.  Gae was diagnosed with Stage II stomach cancer in July 2007. She had a partial gastrectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Her treatments ended in February 2008,....
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Michigan East Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: James Randy Hillard, MD
Email: jhillard@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-3211 
The Michigan East Chapter was started by Randy Hillard, MD, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer in December 2010, at 59 years of age. He had been feeling perfectly well before diagnosis, except being a little tired. It turned out that his hemoglobin was ...
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Michigan West Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Tammy Houda, RN
Email:  tland814@gmail.com
Cell:  (616) 780-9761
The West Michigan Chapter was founded by Tammy Houda whose mother, Sharron Anderson, was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer (adenocarcinoma) on June 21, 2012, and passed away only 17 days later on July 8, 2012 – the day before she was to start her chemo....
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Mississippi Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Wesley Blake Vanderlan, MD
Email:  Blake.Vanderlan@yahoo.com
Cell:  (775) 842-2903
Blake was born and raised in South Florida.  He attended Nova High School with Debbie Zelman where they were friends.  His undergraduate years were spent in New England attending Clark University and Harvard College.  Blake planned to be a radiation oncologist.  Pursuit of...
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Nebraska Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Cyndi Ferguson, RN
Email: Dougferg@cox.net
Cell: (402) 203-6350
The Nebraska Chapter was founded by Cyndi Ferguson whose husband Doug was diagnosed in October 2010 with stomach cancer (Stage 4 adenocarcinoma). The diagnosis was a shock to their family and community because Doug was such a healthy guy – a marathon runner! ...
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New Jersey North Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Nicole Woodward
Email: nikkiwood1012@gmail
Cell: (732) 648-1436 
The North New Jersey Chapter was founded by Nicole "Nikki" Woodward who is 29 years old. She was raised in Marlboro, NJ, where she met her best friend Kristian and his sister Jenni when they were in grade school. Kristian and Jenni moved to Florida, but ...
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New Jersey South Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Melani Vincelli
Email: melani.vincelli@gmail.com
Cell: (908) 910-5573 
The New Jersey South Chapter was founded by Melani Vincelli who was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer in June of 2009. After six rounds of chemo that ended in October 2009, a total gastrectomy, removal of her gallbladder and part of her liver in December 2009, she has ...
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New York Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Nicole Reichenbach
Email: nicole.reichenbach@gmail.com
Cell: 914-484-6550
Nicole first learned about DDF when her father was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer in February 2013. After this grave diagnosis, Nicole searched the internet for any encouraging news and found Debbie Zelman's inspiring story, which offered a ray of hope to ...
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New York Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Anna Stoessinger
Email: astoessinger@gmail.com
Cell: (917) 406-9298 
The New York Chapter was founded by Anna Stoessinger who was diagnosed in April 2011 with Stage 2 gastric cancer. She underwent chemo and a total curative gastrectomy over the course of the year. Anna is a writer who works in advertising. She splits her time between ...
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North Carolina East Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founders:  Christina and Anthony Leonard
Email:  christy.l.leonard@gmail.com

Cell:  (910) 322-2177
Tony and Christy Leonard were married in 2007 and have 5 boys.  Tony was diagnosed with Stage IIIB stomach cancer in Feb 2012.  After a total gastrectomy, chemo-radiation, and more chemo, he is cancer free!!!  Tony was only 39 years old when he was diagnosed, and there ...
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North Carolina West Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Laura Hankin Lewin
Email: lauralewin@aol.com
Cell: (704) 281-7633 
The North Carolina West Chapter was founded by Laura Hankin Lewin who is originally from New York, but North Carolina has been her home since 1999. Lewin is a school guidance counselor at a public middle school. Laura's closest friend in college was Debbie ...
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Ohio Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founders: Paul & Angela Bosela and Sheila Gambaccini
Cell: (330) 666-6897
Email: abosela@roadrunner.com
Email: sagambaccini@hotmail.com
Angela Bosela is a stomach cancer survivor who was diagnosed with an aggressive, fast-growing stomach cancer at the age of 55. After a 70% gastrectomy and four cycles of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she has been cancer free for more than ...
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Pennsylvania Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder Information: Marguerite Semenza
Email: margenza@comcast.net
Cell: (570) 878-2289
My husband, Bob, was employed by the Pa. Dept. of Labor and Industry for 35 years.  He was passionate about serving our community as a Borough Councilman and did so throughout his illness. He also kept very active golfing and playing softball for many years.  The day ...
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Tennessee Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder:  Heather Coffee
Email: hscoffee0615@gmail.com
Cell: (931) 545-7818
Heather Coffee was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer in June 2012 when she was only 25 years old.  Heather's initial symptoms were stomach pain, nausea, vomiting blood, and feeling bloated after eating.  After 2 rounds of chemotherapy, medication, and lots of ...
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Virginia Chapter

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Christina L. Childs
Email: christina.l.childs@gmail.com
Cell: (571) 288-2410
The Virginia Chapter was founded by Christina Childs in honor of her father Robert who was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer and passed away within 6 weeks. Robert's death was a tragedy for Christina's family because he was the patriarch and the "glue" ...
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INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS
Canada Chapter - British Columbia

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Millie McConnell
Email: millie_mcconnell@yahoo.ca
Cell: (604) 825-3334 
November 15, 2000 I was diagnosed with Stage 3B stomach cancer and told this type of cancer was called SIGNET RING which is an aggressive cancer and that they didn't know anything about it ~ thus didn't know how to treat it. Approximately two weeks ...
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Germany Chapter - Frankfurt

Chapter Contact Information

Chapter Founder: Trudi Jung
Email: trudijung@t-online.de
Cell: +49 171 75 49495

The chapter in Frankfurt, Germany, was founded by Trudi because of her enthusiasm for the DDF mission to  raise awareness about stomach cancer, advance funding for research, and provide education and support to patients, families, and caregivers in German speaking countries....
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