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Debbies Dream Foundation Inc

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Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 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.

Target demographics: stomach cancer patients, families and caregivers

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of patients

Geographic areas served: the world

Programs: Upon receiving a stomach cancer diagnosis, patients, families, and caregivers are matched with a Mentor who can help them understand the diagnosis, staging, treatment options, clinical trials, side effect management, research, management of the disease, and more. Mentors share their stories, tips, advice, and concerns so no one is alone in this fight.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a member of the Board of Directors I see the behind the scenes energy of the members of this great organization. Debbies Dream Foundation has filled avoid many people stricken with this deadly desease. Starting with the organizations founder, Debbie Zellman and all of DDF's employees and volunteers it is amazing to see the work that is being done to find a cure for stomach cancer. In addition the organization supports those that have been diagnosed with stomach cancer whether they need a referral or just someone to talk to who has suffered the journey they are experiencing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DDF is an amazing organization! The foundation is very well organized and has some incredible volunteers who strongly care about this important cause.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

While many people are familiar with large organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Debbie's Dream Foundation, while much smaller, plays an incredibly important role helping to counsel and advise those affected specifically with stomach cancer. Debbie (the founder) is an amazing inspiration to those facing adversity with grace and determination. What she has built with Debbie's Dream foundation is truly incredible.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Met Debbie last year at the Annual Gala. She is one of the most inspiring women I have ever met! This is an incredible non-profit and I am happy to serve on the board to help any way I can :)

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, participating with DDF advocacy day is an unbelievable experience. We are able to experience first hand how the federal legislature operates, and advocate for funding from the federal government.

The organization as a hole has grown exponentially over the years, due to our President Debra Zelman and her unbelievable team at the office.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Debbie's Dream Foundation for the past several years and recently became a member of their board of directors. The work this organization does to increase awareness of stomach cancer and raise much needed funds is incredible. Debbie is an inspiration to all who know her and I am honored to be a part of her fight to help find a cure.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the President and Founder of Debbie's Dream Foundation, I am humbled by the amazing people who volunteer with us every day including our amazing Board of Directors. Our staff is the best and extremely helpful. Also, our event Chairs continue to lead our events to raise funds for stomach cancer research and awareness about this devastating disease. Please join us at our upcoming 8th Annual Dream Makers Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida for our biggest and best event yet with 600 people all getting together for an amazing cause. Visit us at www.DebbiesDream.org for more information on the event, how to get involved, and how we can help you!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed every moment serving as a Board member with Debbie's Dream Foundation, and look forward to many wonderful experiences in the future, as we assist in finding a cure for stomach cancer. My professional background as a fundraiser should allow me to facilitate the raising of the one thing that all non-profit organizations need: MONEY!!

2 Jenna R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience as a Debbie's Dream Volunteer! I love the way this organization makes a huge impact on Stomach Cancer patients, families, and caregivers. Happy to be involved and change lives and find a cure!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible nonprofit. Well run with fantastic volunteers and support staff. Highly recommend supporting this organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Debbie is an inspiration to anyone afflicted with cancer. She will not stop helping to find a cure for stomach cancer. She is a first class person who runs a first class organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is amazing. They are growing and expanding their mission and reach by leaps and bounds. Extremely patient and family focused for the victims of stomach cancer. Great website and educational information about stomach cancer and related topics. Clear mission and goal oriented.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Debbie's Dream is the most organized 501(c)3 I have ever been involved in 30 years of assisting non profits, keep up the awesome work.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer puts on some great events throughout the year! I am proud to be apart of the gala committee. We all enjoy working together to raise money and awareness for stomach cancer!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is an incredible organization that does it's best to raise awareness and funds for stomach cancer. They provide great support to patients, families, and caregivers all around the world.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

DEBBIE is an Absolute Dynamo!,! Has the foresight , and insight on how to get her wonderful organization on the map,
Debbie's strength and love makes life a little easier.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome charity with great events! They include everyone in everything and keep us well-informed. I so admire the founder Debbie for her strength!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DDF has provided me with several resources that have enhanced my knowledge about resource, in which I can provide my family with whom have been diagnosed with cancer. The information has been vital in my family's understand of the diagnosis.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working on a research project with Debbie's Dream. It has been great to find out all the resources available to patients and families who are facing stomach cancer.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the team here at Debbie's Dream Foundation as a healthcare intern to learn about the organization's role in the community and the impact it has on the lives of those who are affected by Stomach Cancer. I am moved and inspired by the staff who work tirelessly to bring valuable educational resources and support to patients and caregivers, providing a source of hope and comfort, and a sense that no one has to go through it alone. I am very happy to be working here and every day, I am increasingly impressed by what is happening here at Debbie's Dream Foundation. This is an awesome organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel proud of being part of this group of amazing people , they are caring and respectful ,. Cancer is the bad word , the big "C" as they call it , and it is nice to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel , and people that are willing to back you up , help you all the way and give you the support you need . The stuff is extremely nice always making sure you feel at ease , and always making you feel important and thanking you every way the can . nice place to be at .

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization for an illness that is little known. There are a lot of cancers but very little is know about stomach cancer. Two yrs ago my son was diagnosed with stomach cancer & had to have his entire stomach removed. Getting onto the web to find out answers to questions we had was a great start but having an organization like this was just what we needed to fulfill everything about this life changing illness.

4 Tracy113

Client Served

Rating: 5

At 29 years old, a stomach cancer diagnosis is not something you expect to hear. After reaching out to Debbie's Dream, I was quickly contacted. They put me in touch with a wonderful mentor who educated and supported me throughout my entire stomach cancer journey. I am so grateful for this amazing organization!!! I'm so happy to report I have no evidence of disease!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization was created by a stomach cancer survivor to help those dealing with this disease by providing information and education on how to navigate the many care and treatment issues they face.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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Review from Guidestar

5 Norm D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Debbie's Dream Curing Stomach Cancer offered great resources both to my late wife and me, who was her primary caretaker. In a period of great anxiety and stress, this organizatin gave us hope and comfort.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been a wonderful asset to my family and I during my battle with stomach cancer and even afterwards. Its meant so much to me that I joined the organization as a chapter founder and PREP mentor! Keeping the DREAM of a cure alive!

5 Kristi23

Client Served

Rating: 5

Debbie's Dream has been a wealth of information and support for my dad and our family as he's battling stomach cancer. I truly appreciate the foundation and all they stand for. They are making a difference in the world.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Debbie's Dream has provided me with tons of important and essential information. I look forward to learning more at the Chicago Symposium (via Webinar) and volunteering at the Miami Marathon. I'm so thrilled to be a part of making this DREAM a reality!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Debbie's Dream Foundation holds amazing Nutrition and Clinical Trials Webinars each month. Not only do I get the chance to learn all about nutrition and staying healthy, but I get to learn about clinical trials and their importance.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Thank you DDF staff for helping me understand this terrible disease and finding ways to ensure that a CURE is found!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Debbie's Dream Foundation a few times and I think the staff at the office are very friendly and knowledgeable. They really know how to make it a fun time to volunteer your time to a great cause.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

There aren't enough words to describe the gratitude I have towards Debbie's Dream Foundation. The staff is friendly, professional and caring and sincerely helped me through a very difficult time. I can say thank you a thousand times and it still wouldn't be enough!!!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at different Debbie’s Dream events, because it gives me the chance to see how DDF informs the community about stomach cancer while holding an amazing event!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer has an amazing program for all stomach cancer patients, caregivers, and family members, and it’s completely FREE!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit that provides unique and valuable information for a marginalized illness that skews towards the later stages of cancer.
The prep mentor program provided me and my wife a well needed glimpse of the other side of a very scary journey. The support is literally pricesless, and the opportunity to fight for a cure has provided a new purpose as well as a means to take action.
R/
Albert Carrasco

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Knowing that there is an organization like this one is both encouraging and vital.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DDF is doing excellent work providing support and information to patients and family s and advocating for a cure for stomach cancer.

Review from Guidestar

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) is the premier stomach (gastric) cancer organization. It raises money for research directly through fundraisers and indirectly through advocacy initiatives in Washington, DC. Even though stomach cancer kills more than 10,000 people a year, this cancer gets the least federal funding per cancer death of any cancer, and DDF is working to change that profile in DC. In addition, DDF raises awareness about stomach cancer in the hope that people can get diagnosed at any early stage when the chances of survival are better. Now 80% of stomach cancers are not diagnosed until Stage IV, when the disease is incurable and the chance of surviving five years is 4%. DDF also has a unique Patient Resource and Education Program (PREP) which provides education and support internationally to patients, families and caregivers. The website, www.DebbiesDream.org contains a wealth of information in one place. DDF has an incredible Medical Advisory Board of leading physicians from the top cancer centers in the nation, and each year some of them come to Florida to participate in a Stomach Cancer Symposium which can be accessed through a webinar. These symposia are archived on the website. Every stomach cancer patient will benefit from contacting Debbie's Dream Foundation which now has 23 chapters, 20 in the US, 2 in Canada, and one in Germany.

Review from Guidestar