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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.
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2014 Past Events
December 3, 2014 - DoD PRCRP Webinar

When researchers think about federal funding for new programs, they most often think about the NIH and CDC. However, the Department of Defense (DoD), through their Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRPs), offers research funding for many diseases, including gastric cancer.

If you're unsure how this program works, join me for a webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 3, during which Donna Kimbark, PhD, the program manager and technical lead for multiple programs and initiatives within DoD's CDMRPs, will review the types of award mechanisms, congressional directives and the program cycle.

Date:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time:  Noon-1pm ET



  • Donna Kimbark, PhD, the program manager and technical lead for multiple programs and initiatives within DoD's CDMRPs
  • Timothy Wang, MD, AGAF, AGA Institute Vice President
  • Jaffer Ajani, MD, Chair, Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer Medical Advisory Board, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Adam Bass, MD, member, Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer Medical Advisory Board, Dana-Farber Cancer Center

This webinar is co-sponsored by the AGA and Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer.

November 27, 2014 - 2nd Annual Terry Trot 5K

The 2nd Annual Terry Trot in Glen Allen, VA raised $1,935 for Debbie Dream Foundation - In Memory of Terry Willie-Compton! Thank you to everyone who came out!

November 23, 2014 - Miami Cocktails and Cupcakes

Body Contour Salon & Spa hosted Cocktails and Cupcakes in Miami in memory of Shama Scott Dopson and to bring awareness to stomach cancer. There were spa services, raffles, giveaways, bounce houses, live music, and games at the event, and 100% of the proceeds went to Debbie's Dream Foundation.

November is Curing Stomach Cancer Month!

November is Curing Stomach Cancer Month so it is the perfect time to get involved in the fight against stomach cancer!

Please make a donation to support this event!  It is an easy way to make a difference:

November 16, 2014 - Arizona Ironman - Michael Andrews

We are so proud of Michael Andrews who is participating in his first Ironman to benefit Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer.  Click on the link below to read his inspirational story and to make a donation.

November 14, 2014 - International Stomach Cancer Jeans Day

Our 2nd Annual International Stomach Cancer Jeans Day was a big hit!  Supporters from all over took part in the fundraiser while showing off their most stylish jeans.  What better way to raise money for stomach cancer research than wearing jeans to work or school while encouraging your peers to do the same?

November 13, 2014 - New York Happy Hour

Nicole Reichenbach, New York Chapter President, hosted DDF's New York Chapter Happy Hour at the Von Bar on November 13th! This was an great opportunity to meet fellow DDF New York supporters and collaborate on ideas and fundraising ideas in the City.

November 13, 2014 - Miami Dolphins v. Buffalo Bills

Kicking-Off Curing Stomach Cancer Month!

Fans got to take advantage of an exclusive group offer for a Miami Dolphins football game against the Buffalo Bills. The proceeds benefited Debbie's Dream Foundation and left the fans with an unforgettable night. Not only did they support a great cause, but Dolphin fans also saw the Dolphins defeat the Bills 22 – 9. Let's Go Dolphins!

November 13, 2014 - 1st Annual New Jersey Night of Laughter

This First New Jersey Night of Laughter was held In memory of Jennifer Zambrana.  Our New Jersey North Chapter Founder Nicole Woodward put this together to laugh for a good cause. Comedians Tommy Gooch, Susan Golden and John Kurschner were the comedians! The event packed the Firehouse and raised $700!

November 8, 2014 - Fayetteville NC Golf Tournament

Gates Four Golf & Country Club
Fayetteville North Carolina

The Debbie's Dream Foundation North Carolina East Chapter hosted the First Annual Golf Tournament at Gates Four Golf & Country Club in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The event raised over $9,000 and had over 60 golfers, supporters, and volunteers in attendance.  Many thanks to Chairs Christy and Tony Leonard!

Click here to make a donation to the event:

November 2, 2014 - Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego Chargers

Kicking-Off Curing Stomach Cancer Month!

Fans got to take advantage of an exclusive group offer for the Miami Dolphins football and proceeds benefited Debbie's Dream Foundation. Not only did they support a great cause, but they got to see the Dolphins shut out the Chargers 37 to 0.

October 17, 2014 - 3rd Annual Be Bold, Be Bald

For the 3rd year in a row, 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 someone.  Check out photos of our school clubs on the Be Bold, Be Bald Facebook page!


September 7, 2014 - Chicago Half Marathon

Our team in the Chicago Half Marathon raised over $12,000 for DDF!  Many thanks to our Illinois Chapter President and Event Chair Linda Grush for her hard work and leadership as well as the runners on the Dream Team, volunteers, and sponsors.

August 21, 2014 - Kilimanjaro Climb for Stomach Cancer by Nicole Reichenbach

Our New York Chapter President, Nicole Reichenbach, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on Thursday August 21, 2014 in honor of her father who passed away from stomach cancer. Nicole raised over $13,000. Way to go, Nicole! To read more about why Nicole climbed and to support her fundraising efforts for DDF, visit

August, 16, 2014 - 2nd Annual Dance For Doug Zumba Fitness Party

The second annual Dance for Doug was held in Omaha, Nebraska at Celebration Covenant Church and was hosted by our Nebraska Chapter Leader, Cyndi Howard. Participants exercised and got in shape doing Zumba while raising awareness about stomach cancer and raised over $700 for stomach cancer research. The event was in memory of Doug Ferguson who passed away a few years ago from stomach cancer.

June 19, 2014 - Deadliest Cancers Coalition Capitol Hill Briefing

Debbie's Dream Foundation (DDF) is an active member of the Deadliest Cancers Coalition, because stomach cancer is one of the eight deadliest cancers.  The Deadliest Cancers Coalition hosted a briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. in order for others to learn about the growing threat of "deadly cancers." "Deadly cancers" are defined as cancers with five-year relative survival rates below 50%.  The five-year relative survival for stomach cancer is only 28%.  DDF advocate Adam Kuchinski spoke at the briefing.  Adam lost his 32 year old wife to stomach cancer after a 9 month battle.

Several of the hardest-to-treat cancers will soon take an even greater toll on that nation's health. A recent report published in the Cancer Journal predicts that our nation's leading causes of cancer-related death will change dramatically by 2030.

At the briefing, participants also learned about the newly established bipartisan Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers. These will serve as a hub of information on the nation's deadliest cancers and as a forum to aid Members of Congress and their staff in working together to address these cancers.  The Caucus will strive to raise awareness about the deadliest cancers and advocate for research and other measures to increase survival and to improve prevention, early detection, and treatment options for these cancers. Since this was a "congressional caucus", membership was open to both Senators and Representatives.

June 7, 2014 - Akron, Ohio 5K Run/Walk and Children's Fun Run

Debbie's Dream Foundation host the first 5K Run/Walk & Children's Fun Run at the St. George Fellowship Centre in Akron, Ohio. The 5K run was timed with overall and age group awards.  Race results can be found at  Many thanks to event organizers Paul & Angela Bosela and Sheila Gambaccini and to all participants, sponsors, volunteers and donors!  Here is the link to the event photos

May 3, 2014 - Robert V. Semenza 3rd. Annual Softball Tournament

The Robert V. Semenza 3rd. Annual Softball Tournament was held at the Robert V. Semenza Softball Field at Pagnotti Park, Old Forge, PA. The day included softball, food & fun including theWheelbarrow of Cheer and Hand Truck of Beer.

April 26, 2014 - 4th Stomach Cancer Symposium & Webinar

Debbie's Dream Foundation hosted its 4th Stomach Cancer Education Symposium for in person attendees and via live webinar.  275 patients, families, caregivers, the general public, and health care professionals attended for free.  Topics included non-surgical treatment options, novel surgical options, radiation, side effect management, de-mystifying clinical trials, advancements as a result of clinical trials, genomics, integrative medicine, and nutritional considerations.  Speakers came from MD Anderson Cancer Center; Stanford University; Wake Forest; Thomas Jefferson University; Vanderbilt; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and Dana-Farber/Harvard.  There was also a panel of patients and survivors.

April 26, 2014 - 5th Annual Dream Makers Gala

The 5th anniversary of Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer was celebrated at our 5th Annual Dream Makers Gala. We had over 515 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, awards, dancing, and yummy dessert. Local television anchor Kristi Krueger was the Master of Ceremonies and Dale McLean, host of the Miami Heat's HEATv, provided the entertainment. David Kubiliun of Kubiliun & Associates, P.A. was the event chair for the second year in a row. Award recipients included Rick and Rita Case of Rick Case Automotive Group; Julie Talenfeld of Boardroom Communications; Sheri Albert; Jay and Linda Green; Arthur W. Blackstock, Jr, MD of Wake Forest University; and Eve Moll.

March 16, 2014 - New York City Half Marathon

Debbie's Dream Foundation has 5 guaranteed entries in the NYC Half on March 16, 2014!  If you are interested in running on our team, sponsoring the team or a runner, making a donation, volunteering, or for more information click on the link below.

February 28, 2014 - 1st Annual Stomach Cancer Congressional Capitol Hill Briefing
February 27, 2014 - 2nd Annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

Almost sixty DDF advocates went to Capitol Hill to fight for stomach cancer research funding at our 2nd Annual Stomach Cancer Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. They urged legislators and the NCI to support the fight for a cure and informed them how important it is for stomach cancer to be included in the $50 million DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) each year.

February 9, 2014 - 5th Annual Night of Laughter

A sold out crowd of 400 attendees packed into the Improv Comedy Club at the Hollywood Hard Rock Casino, Florida to laugh together raising over $25,000.   Stand Up Sponsor Stewart Lapayowker tore up the stage with his comedy and in his dashing black on black outfit The comedians were hilarious and it was extra funny to see the comedian involve some of the attendees!  Thank you to all of our sponsors and kudos to Chair Sheri Albert and her committee for another incredible evening!

February 2, 2014 - Dream Team in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

Congratulations to the 40 members of Debbie's Dream Team in the 2014 Miami Marathon and Half Marathon! Participants raised over $12,000 and were part of more than 10,000 race participants. Many thanks to our sponsors, event Co-Chairs, Committee, and volunteers who helped make the event a great success.

January 31, 2014 - Dream Team Miami Marathon Kick-Off Party

We were excited to host our 3rd Annual 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!

2014 2nd Annual Youth Art Contest

Children ages 18 years or younger who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, submitted their original artwork and photographs to DDF for consideration in the 2014 DDF Youth Art Contest. You can purchase the calendars and notecards that feature past winners at our eStore on our website.


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