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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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Our Youth Volunteers are vital members of the DDF Community. We always have a place for all volunteers regardless of age and we love our youth to be involved because they are the future. Look at the events below to get an idea of how some of our youth volunteers have helped us. We will work closely with you on matching your skills and talents with the job or just letting you try everything to get an idea about what you like. Whether you need service hours, are interested in fundraising, want to start a club at your school, or would like to volunteer at our office, please contact us to get involved!

2018 Youth Art Contest

Calling all artists and photographers!  Children ages 18 years of age or younger, who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, are invited to submit their original artwork and photographs to DDF for consideration in the 2018 DDF Youth Art Contest. Winners will have their artwork featured in the 2018 Youth Art Calendar and/or on the new line of DDF greeting cards.

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Contact us for more information at (954) 475-1200 or

School Clubs
Cooper City High School, Cooper City, Florida

The Cooper City High School Debbie's Dream Club was started by Zachary Steinberg who was the recipient of the Young Philanthropist Award at the 2016 Dream Makers Gala.  To join the club, you must attend the Cooper City High School.

Cypress Bay High School, Weston, Florida

Rachel and Lauren Shatanof founded the Cypress Bay High School Debbie's Dream club.  They were also the recipients of the Young Philanthropist Award at the 2013 Dream Makers Gala.  The club is growing bigger every year and we are so proud of the entire club!

Western High School, Davie, Florida

Brittany Gendler is the founder of the Western High School Debbie's Dream Club.  She is also the recipient of the Young Philanthropist Award at the 2017 Dream Makers Gala.

University School Middle School Club, Davie, Florida

Rachel and Zachary Guttman founded the University School Middle School club in 2011.  Starting a club takes energy and creativity, which these two definitely have.  The club is growing every year.  They do fun and creative activities.  To join, you must attend the University School Middle School.  Contact the U School Activities office for more information.

University School High School Club, Davie, Florida

Rachel and Zachary Guttman founded the University School High School club in 2012.  Starting a club takes energy and creativity, which these two definitely have.  The club is growing every year.  They do fun and creative activities.  To join, you must attend the University School High School.  Contact the U School Activities office for more information.  Rachel and Zachary were the recipients of the Young Philantropist Award at the 2014 Dream Makers Gala.

Youth Projects & Fundraisers
February 21, 2013 - BBYO Card Project

The South Florida BBYO Chapter made colorful get well cards for stomach cancer patients.  There are so many ways for people of every age to get involved with Debbie's Dream Foundation and the fight against this horrible disease.  These teens decided to brighten the day of people with stomach cancer.  Many thanks to these thoughtful teens!

September 23, 2012 - Brittany Gendler's Cartwheels For Cancer Mitzvah Project

The Gendler family celebrated their daughter Brittany's Bat Mitzvah in November 2012. Brittany is a competitive gymnast so the owner of the gym she trains donated use of the facility. Her teammates and coaches volunteered, they got a DJ to donate his services, friends made donations, and there was an afternoon of food, fun, and flipping at West Broward Gymnastics to benefit Debbie's Dream Foundation (DDF), which was created by Debbie Zelman, a close family friend with incurable stomach cancer. The entire Gendler Family has been involved with DDF.  Over 63 kids attended "Cartwheels For Cancer" and over $1,200.00 was raised. We are so proud of Brittany and her family!!!

January 20, 2012 - Middle School Debbie's Dream Jeans Day

Debbie's Dream club sponsored a Jeans Day to raise awareness of stomach cancer. Students made a donation to wear their favorite school-appropriate jeans. In addition, they asked that everyone wear a blue school uniform shirt with their jeans (or a Debbie's Dream U School t-shirt). Being able to see and be a part of a "sea of blue shirts" will strengthen our resolve to help find a cure for this devastating disease. They raised over $900 from their efforts!

October 21, 2011 - Be Bold, Be Bald

University School Middle School students and teachers in Davie, Florida participated in Be Bold, Be Bald! which was a unique nationwide fundraiser to honor cancer patients and raise money to fight the disease. Participants purchased bald caps which they wore for the entire day in honor of patients fighting cancer.

August 21, 2011 - Ryan and Amanda Caress Lemonade Stand

Eight year old twins Ryan and Amanda Caress had a lemonade stand and cookie sale in New York to raise money for DDF. They publicized their stand in advance by passing out flyers to their friends and neighbors. Ryan and Amanda received amazing support and donations from people they didn't even know and raised $500.00 from their efforts. Amazing achievement!

May 22, 2011 - Rachel & Zachary Guttman's Images & Icing Mitzvah Project

Rachel and Zachary Guttman had an Images and Icing fundraiser for their mitzvah project. They raised over $6,000 by selling their own photography as well as having raffles, vendors, a jeweler buying gold and a bake sale. They worked very hard taking, editing and framing their photography, coordinating some of the other aspects of the fundraiser as well as advertising the event to their family and friends. They are still receiving orders for their photography. There were over 100 people in attendance and numerous volunteers. Congratulations on a job well done!

May 2011 - Youth Artist Eve Moll

Thirteen year old Eve Moll is an amazing artist. She has already been in an art show and has done drawings for several contests and charities including DDF. Eve created original artwork for DDF which has been made into note cards and giclees that DDF sells. Eve's piece shows a woman under a tree, which was inspired by DDF's original tree logo. Many thanks to Eve for spending hours creating this special and inspiring piece for DDF to help raise money for stomach cancer research!

April 20, 2011 - Sydney and Sophie Silverstein's Lemonade and Cookies Stand

Elementary School students and sisters Sydney and Sophie Silverstein of Weston, Florida organized a Lemonade & Cookies stand to benefit Debbie's Dream. They baked the cookies, made the lemonade and made signs by hand. They raised $120 through their efforts. They were assisted by their friends and fellow students Skylar Ronkin, Payton Ronkin, Sydney Bonchik, and Lilly Boyd. Friends Lila Meltzer and Sasha Herthal were among the many customers. What a good time while raising money for a good cause!

November 21, 2010 - Jordan Kane's Bowling Mitzvah Project

Jordan Kane organized a bowling fundraiser in Davie, Florida for his friends and family to come have a terrific afternoon of bowling while also raising money for stomach cancer research. Jordan raised $1,000 and everyone had a fun-filled afternoon!

October 10, 2010 - Samantha Hahn's Soccer Tournament Mitzvah Project

Samantha Hahn organized her friends, family and fellow soccer players to play soccer for her 13th birthday but instead of bringing presents she asked them to make a donation to Debbie's Dream Foundation. Sam raised $3,000. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday and how generous! Happy birthday Sam, and thank you for all that you and your family do to help stomach cancer patients!

March 2010 - University School Second Grade Dream Maker Bucket Project

The entire Second Grade at the University School in Davie, Florida participated in a unique and moving fundraiser. They read a book called Have You Filled A Bucket Today and then they proceeded to become bucket fillers themselves by selling the silver buckets pictured here which included Hershey kisses and loves notes attached. Children and teachers purchases the buckets and sent them to each other. There was a lot of love in the air and they raised $3,400 for Debbie's Dream Foundation. Way to go Second Grade!

Calling all Young Philanthropists and Youth Volunteers!

"The noblest question in the world is what good may I do in it?"

                                                                        - Ben Franklin 

Website Beginnings and Content Management - Jack Henry Kapp and Matthew Shatanof

DDF was started in April 2009 and initially had a one page website. However, soon thereafter, Jack Henry Kapp (then a high school freshman) started a multi-page website for our DDF fledgling organization. He spent untold volunteer hours constructing the website, which included a Home Page with scrolling photos, merchandise cart, event photos and much more. Soon thereafter, Matthew Shatanof (a high school junior) joined Jack to help maintain the content on the website. We are eternally grateful to Jack Henry and Matthew for starting and maintaining our website, without which DDF could not have served and supported the stomach cancer patients and their families.


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