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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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2012 Past Events
November 29, 2012 - A Nose For Clothes Shopping Night

Friends gathered and shopped at A Nose For Clothes Boutique in Plantation, Florida during an evening of shopping with a percentage of sales going to Debbie's Dream Foundation.

November 20, 2012 - Santa's Enchanted Forest Fundraising Event

Carnival rides and food, face painting, petting zoos, wild animal shows were just some of the fun that Debbie's Dream had at Santa's Enchanted Forest in Miami, Florida while raising money for a good cause at the same time! A portion of the ticket price was donated to DDF.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Dream Maker's Gala Kickoff Party

Attendees enjoyed gourmet food, wine, and D.J. entertainment at South Florida's premier design center as well as a preview a stunning collection of ladies gala attire from designer Zola Keller and a chance to win terrific raffle prizes.

November 14, 2012 - Talking Turkey - Lynch Syndrome Free Webinar

Lynch Syndrome is an inherited genetic mutation which increases your chance of getting some cancers like stomach cancer so join Debbie's Dream Foundation and Fight Colorectal Cancer for a free webinar to help you dig into your family's health history about whether cancer may be lurking in your family tree.

November 5, 2012 - Union Restaurant - Gather Around Our Table

Patrons enjoyed an evening out and 15% of food sales were donated to Debbie's Dream Foundation - helping the cause by bringing friends and family together.

November 2, 2012 - Inaugural Be Bold, Be Bald

For the first year ever, Debbie's Dream Foundation participated in this unique worldwide fundraiser to honor cancer patients and raise money to fight the disease. Participants purchased bald caps and wore them for the entire day in honor of patients fighting cancer or in memory of someonewho lost their battle and obtained sponsors to wear the caps. The kids loved this unique tribute.

October 21, 2012 - New Jersey 5k in Memory of Jennifer Zambrana

For the 2nd year in a row, Chairs Nicole Friedman and Keri Lippman organized a 5k run/walk in memory of Nicole's childhood friend Jennifer Zambrana who passed away from stomach cancer at the age of 28 years old. Nicole and Keri continue to make a difference for other stomach cancer patients in Jennifer's memory.

October 7, 2012 - Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Abby Wilentz is an avid athlete who has completed several ironman competitions. Whenever she competes, she does so on behalf of Debbie's Dream Foundation to raise awareness about stomach cancer for her childhood friend, DDF President and Founder Debbie Zelman. Thank you Abby!!

September 23, 2012 - Cartwheels For Cancer - Gendler Swirsky Mitzvah Project

Two amazing girls Brittany Gendler and Lexi Swirsky had their mitzvah project to support Debbie's Dream Foundation and the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation with a very creative and fun mitzvah project - Cartwheels For Cancer! They had approximately 60 kids in attendance and they raised over $1,200! Kids are terrific! Thank you so much to the Gendler and Swirsky families and all of the people who supported this creative fundraiser! 

September 8, 2012 - Run For Doug

The DDF Nebraska Chapter held its 2nd Annual Run For Doug in Omaha, NE in memory of Nebraska Founder Cyndi Ferguson's husband Pastor Doug Ferguson who passed away on June 26, 2011 from stomach cancer and to raise awareness and to fund research. Hundreds of people attended and thousands of dollars were raised in memory of Doug and so many others who have been lost to stomach cancer. Survivors were also honored at the event.

August 25, 2012 - Macy's Shop For A Cause

Debbie's Dream participated in Macy's 7th Annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide. Many thanks to Macy's for your generosity!

May 19, 2012 - Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas for Debbie's Dream Foundation

Shannon Tomchin and Amy Bobotis-Carr are avid supporters of Debbie's Dream Foundation and are in top physical shape. So they combined their two passions and participated in the Ironman Texas to raise awareness about stomach cancer as well as funds for DDF. Way to go ladies!

May 18, 2012 - Cocktail Benefit In Memory of Jennifer Zambrana

Our New Jersey North Chapter Founder Nicole Friedman hosted a Cocktail Benefit in memory of her dear friend Jennifer Zambrana who passed away from stomach cancer in October 2011. Nicole's friends and family joined her for cocktails, appetizers, and music. They also had an art exhibit and raised $750 for DDF. Thank you Nicole!

May 12, 2012 - Maryland Mom's Shopping Event held by Gae Rogers

Maryland Chapter Founder Gae Rogers hosted her friends and family to raise money for DDF. They shopped from local vendors who donated a portion of the proceeds to DDF. Many thanks to Gae, all of the vendors, donors, and attendees. The success of the event was achieved by your hard work, participation, and dedication to our mission!

April 21, 2012 - 3rd Annual Dream Makers Gala

The 3rd anniversary of Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer was celebrated at our 3rd Annual Dream Makers Gala. We had over 450 registered attendees and raised more than $180,000. The evening included cocktails, entertainment, live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing, yummy dessert and fun surprises. In keeping with the "Expect the Unexpected" theme, one of the surprises included a flash mob featuring DDF President and Founder Debbie Zelman!  Award recipients included Mary Lynn Swartz of Westside Regional Medical Center; Jennifer Kapp;, Meredith Clements of Sun-Sentinel Society Scene; and Michael A. Choti, MD, MBA, FACS, of John Hopkins University.

April 21, 2012 - 2nd Annual Stomach Cancer Education Symposium

Debbie's Dream hosted its 2nd Stomach Cancer Education Symposium for in person and attendees and via live webinar.  Attendees included patients, families, caregivers, the general public, and health care professionals.  Topics presented included surgical and non-surgical treatments for stomach cancer, radiation, clinical trials, genomics, nutrition, and side effect management.

March 24, 2012 - 2nd Annual DC Cocktails & Cupcakes

The 2nd Annual DC Cocktails and Cupcakes was held in Washington, DC at the Recording Industry Association of America. Event Co-Chairs Steven Marks and Suzanne Morrell provided inspired cocktails, decadent sweets, festive entertainment by the PieTasters, and the chance to win fabulous prizes for 150 guests. It was an incredible event!

March 4, 2012 - 3rd Annual Night of Laughter at the Improv Comedy Club

With 400 tickets sold, awesome raffles, and hysterical comedians, all attendees had lots of laughs at the Debbie's Dream Foundation 3rd Annual Night of Laughterin Hollywood, Florida. Many thanks to Co-Chairs Sheri Albert and Craig Konhauzer, all attendees and our sponsors. Your support helps DDF raise the funds needed to help patients, raise awareness, and FIND A CURE!!!

January 29, 2012 - Dream Team in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

Congratulations to the 54 members of Debbie's Dream Team in the 2012 Miami Marathon and Half Marathon who all were "Runnin down a DREAM!"Participants raised over $17,500 and were part of more than 10,000 race participants.  DDF Dream Team participants received a complimentary training program, training tips, race packet pick-up, race shirt, kick-off happy hour, food, beverages and goodies at the event tent, massage table, information on hotels, travel, the race, the health & fitness expo, directions and parking, being a spectator, and more. Many thanks to event Co-Chairs Meaghan Kirby and Amy Freund, the Committee, and our runners, donors, sponsors, and volunteers who all took part to get healthy to help others get healthy!

January 27, 2012 - Dream Team Marathon & Half Marathon Kick Off Party

We were excited to host our inaugural Debbie's Dream Team Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Kick Off Party!  Race participants, their friends and family, sponsors, supporters, Board members, and donors gathered to enjoy free appetizers, free participant race packet pick-up, and a free race shirt.  Go team!

January 14, 2012 - Rick Case Acura 50 Years of Rockin' & Rollin'

The Rick Case Automotive Group held its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Signature Grand and selected Debbie's Dream Foundation to benefit from this exciting celebration. A fun-filled evening started with a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and then continued with live entertainment, dancing, with a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles and Beach Boys with Master of Ceremony Tony Segreto. The event was sold out and all proceeds went to the benefiting charities with over $42,000 going to DDF. Many thanks to Rick and Rita Case and our sponsors!


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