Gastric Cancer Foundation is a results-driven national non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by gastric cancer and working with leading researchers to find a cure. More than one million new cases of gastric cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year, and 783,000 people die from the disease. There is no time to waste.
JP wanted to learn everything there was to know about his disease while coping with the fears and emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis. He immediately went online and found very little.
While recovering from treatment that included the complete removal of his stomach, JP became determined to address the lack of centralized information and support available to patients – including how to live with the disease — and more importantly, the inadequate level of funding for research.
With the encouragement and guidance of family,friends, and his oncologist, JP mobilized a dedicated group of volunteer leaders to launch the Foundation. His vision was to create an organization that would advance research to find a cure and help patients and caregivers understand and cope with the disease.
An extraordinary partnership was forged with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a highly respected leader in the cancer research world. Through this partnership, the young organization benefitted from The V Foundation’s expertise and support in scientific evaluation, grant management and oversight, and financial administration. This has enabled Gastric Cancer Foundation to focus on its mission of advocating for patients and supporting research to discover improved treatments.
Sadly, JP experienced two recurrences of his cancer. He served as Chairman of Gastric Cancer Foundation until he lost his battle with the disease and passed away on February 26, 2013. The Gastric Cancer Foundation Board and volunteers are continuing the work that JP began. We are determined to find a cure.
In recognition of significant growth and progress, the Gastric Cancer Foundation has begun the process of transitioning from fiscal sponsorship to operations as an independent non-profit organization. An ongoing alliance with the V Foundation will continue to support our efforts.
We created the first comprehensive Gastric Cancer Registry, designed to stimulate research.
The Foundation makes strategic grants to enable brilliant researchers to stay focused on this under-funded disease, with innovative studies that make breakthroughs toward a cure.
We’re raising public awareness about gastric cancer and the urgency of expanded research.
We serve as a centralized and practical resource for people affected by this disease, including nutrition guidance and the latest news about research progress.
We have created a supportive community of patients and caregivers who can share information and experiences, and combat feelings of isolation.
The Foundation forges alliances and partnerships to advocate for greater investments in gastric cancer research.
Learn more about key milestones in the Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness, expand research and improve patient support.
HISTORY & MILESTONES
Gastric Cancer Foundation joins with Debbie’s Dream and other advocacy organizations to sponsor the 8th Annual Advocacy Day in Washington DC. Foundation support provided scholarships to enable the participation of patients and caregivers.
Gastric Cancer Foundation transitions from fiscal sponsorship to operations as an independent non-profit organization.
Grants awarded to three new research projects at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Stanford Cancer Center.
Foundation held 10th Anniversary “A Cause for Hope” gala celebration which raised over $250,000 for research and awareness programs.
Meet the dedicated board members who lead Foundation efforts to provide hope and help for people affected by gastric cancer.