Hello friends of the Gastric Cancer Foundation! I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the last few weeks of summer; taking advantage of great weather, spending time with family and friends, and most importantly…enjoying good health. I’m very excited to share this summer edition of our newsletter with you, as it is full of information and inspiration.
As you’ll notice our first article announces the awarding of our 2012 grants worth over $225,000. This funding keeps our two research projects, the Gastric Cancer Registry and Genomics Projects, in operation and producing significant base level data on gastric cancer. Early results of both projects have been very encouraging, so we are excited to continue these activities. As always, we couldn’t make any of this happen without our generous donors. Thank you to all who have contributed thus far in helping us fight this terrible disease. And remember, the fight continues, and we still need your support, so please consider making a donation today.
Continuing in our new newsletter format, we have some exciting feature articles to share with you. In an effort to put a “face” on the disease, and share insights and inspiration for gastric cancer patients, we again share with you a Survivor Spotlight, this issue featuring Andrea Gallo. We are so fortunate that Andrea was willing to share her amazing story and teach us about grace, dignity and the benefits of a positive attitude in the face of this disease. Also, in an effort to inspire and guide people who want to make a difference but are not exactly sure how to do it, we’ve spotlighted another grassroots fundraising activity to share some tips and tricks for making it happen.
As usual, the newsletter continues to report some important events and information regarding our organization and gastric cancer. We want to share the success of the recent 3rd Annual EP Classic in Edmond, Oklahoma. We also have two other important events coming up in the next several months. First, we host our first major event in New York City this September with the Michael Feinstein Benefit. We are immensely fortunate to have a world-class entertainer to headline, so I hope everyone in the greater New York area is able to make this launch event. For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area, please mark your calendar on December 1, 2012 for our 4th Annual GCF Gala. All of you should know by now that this is our top annual fundraiser, so please plan to make this part of your holiday plans this year. For those of you interested, we’ve consolidated some interesting research findings from the last several months.
Finally, I want to give you an update on my own health. After over 12 months of successful treatment with taxol, I have moved on to a new regime of irinotecan. After an initially bumpy transition, things are starting to settle down for me. I continue to be blessed by the great support of world-class doctors and nurses, amazing family and friends. Like so many of you reading this, I am filled with support and hope by reading this newsletter and knowing that there are many folks around the world like me, fighting the good fight and doing what I can to help our organization continue to look for a way to beat this disease. Together, we can do it!
As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me directly. Your opinion and participation in our organization are critical to our success, so please keep in
In health and gratitude,
Chairman, Gastric Cancer Foundation Board of Directors