FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF), an international non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for stomach cancer, launched two research grants totaling $200,000 for the 2015-2016 grant cycle. A Career Development Award for $150,000 and a Young Fellowship Grant for $50,000 are included in the grants offered.
The grants will be administered by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and DDF is pleased to partner with them once again for this opportunity to fund important fellowship and career development awards. The DDF Gastric Cancer Fellowship Grant is geared toward postdoctoral and clinical researchers, while the Career Development Award is geared toward junior faculty who have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past eleven years. Both grants aim to involve those who conduct gastric cancer research and want to establish a successful career path in this field.
"For the third year in a row, we are thrilled to fund gastric cancer research. Each year we have doubled the amount award and the total we have authorized for research is $350,000," said DDF President and Founder Debbie Zelman. "These grants incentivize young bright minds into the field of gastric cancer research which moves us closer to our ultimate goal of making the cure for stomach cancer a reality."
The grants are for basic, translational, and clinical research in stomach cancer and are available to scientists and clinicians at various career levels. Through research, DDF is advancing the fight against stomach cancer to make progress toward the goal of increasing survival and treatment options available for stomach cancer patients. Researchers can find more information about the grants on the Debbie's Dream website at https://www.debbiesdream.org/portal/research-grants.
Stomach cancer is estimated to be the fourth most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of death. Eighty percent of stomach cancer patients are diagnosed at stage IV, and those who are diagnosed with stage IV have a four percent chance of being alive in five years.
About Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
DDF was founded in 2009 by Debbie Zelman after she was diagnosed with stage IV incurable stomach cancer in 2008 and given only weeks to live. Zelman immediately began to educate herself about this disease and to seek the best available care. When she responded favorably to her treatment, Debbie founded DDF which now has 29 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Germany and a Medical Advisory Board of 30 renowned doctors from across the country and internationally. Now, seven years later, Debbie is still receiving chemotherapy and is thrilled to be able to watch her three children grow up.
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to internationally raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support to patients, families, and caregivers. Debbie's Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
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