PLANTATION, Fla., March 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) nominated cancer survivors Branny Carrasco and Randy Hillard, MD to participate in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) sponsored by the Department of Defense on November 13, 2016. Hillard, a psychiatry professor at Michigan State University and DDF Michigan East Chapter leader and Carrasco, a former US Navy Corpsman and DDF San Francisco Chapter leader, worked in unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of research applications proposed for gastric cancer research.
Consumer reviewers were asked to represent the collective views of individuals living with stomach cancer, family members, and those who may be affected in the future when they prepare comments on the impact and/or military relevance of the research on issues such as prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life after diagnosis. "This was my second year reviewing and Branny's first," Hillard said. "We really enjoyed the experience and the amazing opportunity to contribute to something so important, and we're very thankful to DDF for having nominated us."
Colonel Wanda L. Salzer, M.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, expressed her appreciation for the perspectives of the consumer advocates in the scientific review sessions. "The Consumer Reviewers on each panel are instrumental in helping the scientists understand the patient's perspective and provide valuable insight into the potential impact of the proposed project," Salzer said. "They bring with them a sense of urgency and remind all of the human element involved in medical research."
The PRCRP fills important gaps not addressed by other funding agencies by supporting groundbreaking, high-risk, high-gain research while encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. For more information about the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program, visit http://cdmrp.army.mil. For more information on Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, visit www.DebbiesDream.org.
About Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) 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. Debbie's Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
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. DDF now has a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board of world renowned doctors and chapters throughout the United States and in Canada and Germany. Considered a "Super Survivor," Debbie is still receiving chemotherapy almost 9 years later and is thrilled to be able to watch her three children grow up. To learn more about DDF, please visit us at www.DebbiesDream.org.
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