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Welcome Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
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.
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July 21, 2018 - #KarenStrong Silent Auction and Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended and showed support at Fiddlesticks Bar & Grill. Proceeds of the #KarenStrong Silent Auction and Fundraiser benefit DDF in honor of Karen Rinaldi.

April 21, 2018 – 9th Annual Dream Makers Gala

The 9th anniversary of Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer was celebrated at our 9th Annual Dream Makers Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood Florida. We had over 515 registered attendees and raised more than $300,000. The event started with a cocktail hour and an amazing silent auction, which was then followed by a mouth-watering dinner, dancing, live auction, awards, entertainment, and dessert. Lisa Petrillo, Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for WFOR, CBS4 Miami was the Master of Ceremonies. David Kubiliun of Greenspoon Marder and Stephen Greenberger of Broward County Sheriff's Office were the chairs of the event. Award recipients included Noreen Salah Burpee and George J. Taylor, Esq., The Salah Foundation, Kristi Krueger of ABC Local 10, Janet Carrington and Charles Collins, Rosa and Rick Gross, Daniel Catenacci, MD of University of Chicago, and Daniela Schwartz of Cypress Bay High School.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 8th Annual Stomach Cancer Education Symposium and Webcast

Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is hosted its 8th Annual Stomach Cancer Education Symposium for in person attendees and via live webcast. More than 500 patients, families, caregivers, the general public, and health care professionals attended for FREE via in person or webcast. Speakers included Mihir Naik, DO; Ana Botero, MD; Kfir Ben-David, MD; Omar Rashid, MD, JD; Daniel Catenacci, MD; Craig Lockhart, MD; Tim Nguyen, MD; David Ilson, MD, PhD; Antonio Ucar, MD; Michael Cusnir, MD; Matthew Soff, MD; Cynthia Wigutow, MS, RDN, CSO; Victoria Barghout, MSPH; Zulmarie Ortiz, MD; Karen Stephenson, DNP; and Rochelle Clarke, PhD. Topics included a Stomach Cancer Patient and Caregiver Panel, Chemotherapy, Targeted Treatments and Immunotherapy, Surgical Methods and Considerations, Radiation Oncology, Pain Management, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Psychosocial Support, and Survivorship.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 6th Annual DDF Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

32 advocates from 15 different states attended our 6th Annual Stomach Cancer Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.  Advocates attended over 100 meetings on the hill to fight for stomach cancer research funding. They urged legislators to support the fight for a cure and informed them how important it is for stomach cancer to again be included in the Department of Defense's Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) each year. DDF honored Congressional Champions Senator Roy Blunt and Senator Sherrod Brown for their support for DDF's mission.  DDF also presented its 3rd Annual Volunteer of the Year Award to Ohio Chapter Founders Angela and Paul Bosela and held a meeting the day prior to provide information, support, education, and training for advocates.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale Marathon and Half Marathon

DDF's Dream Team ran in the 2018 Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale. Event Co-Chairs Claudia Cusnir and Blake Starr and their committee led the team of 42 runners in an effort to raise awareness and research funding for stomach cancer. As a result, the Dream Team was able to secure $16,700 to help advance the mission. Prior to the run, the committee held a Kick-Off Party on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Duffy's Sport Grill in Plantation. The night included delicious food, raffles, inspirational speeches, and bonding with fellow DDF runners. On the day of the marathon, DDF provided a runner's dream atmosphere filled with the essentials for an optimal run experience: DDF t-shirts, fuel food, water, and complimentary massages. Volunteers from across the community supported the team by cheering them on with handmade inspirational posters and made sure they stayed hydrated by providing water at water stops. Many thanks to our sponsors, event Co-Chairs, Committee, and volunteers who helped make the event a great success!

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 9th Annual Fort Lauderdale Night of Laughter

Debbie's Dream Foundation hosted its 9th Annual Night of Laughter at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. A sold out crowd of over 400 attendees laughed together to raise more than $73,000 for stomach cancer research! Guests enjoyed fabulous raffles, a dinner buffet, delicious drinks sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka, and a hilarious comedy show starring stand-up comedians Flip Schultz and Allison Weber. Thank you to our sponsors, including our National Title Sponsor Lilly Oncology and Laugh Out Loud Sponsors Bienenfeld, Lasek & Starr, LLC, Carrie and David Schulman, and Anthony Corbo DDS Cosmetic and Reconstruction Dentistry. Thank you to all of the rest of our sponsors and congratulations to Co-Chairs Sheri Albert, Mitch Starr, and Dr. Stephanie Davis and their committee for another incredible evening!

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