Author: Aki Smith

Amy Jacobs. Stage IV Patient

Your Name:   Amy Jacobs, Patient Where do you live?   New York How old are you?  59 (Diagnosed at age 56) How were you diagnosed?   Diagnosed on 6/13/2018, Stage 4 adenocarcinoma after dialing “911” late evening on 6/12/2018, via emergency surgery which resulted in a partial gastrectomy (PG) by Bill Roth II procedure.  read more

Colt Blunt

Name: Colt Blunt Stage 3 Patient Where do you live? Minnesota (Twin Cities area) How old are you? 39 How were you diagnosed? I started to experience heartburn shortly before a scheduled physical. I told my doctor and he sent me for an endoscopy. What is your treatment? I received four rounds of FLOT chemo, […]

Albert Carrasco Caregiver

In Memory of Branny, who passed away on September 16, 2019, at 37 years old.  She was an active volunteer for Hope For Stomach Cancer,  and even ran a 5k despite being so sick. Name: Albert Anthony Carrasco Caregiver to wife, Branny JoAnn Carrasco How old was Branny when she was diagnosed?  31 How was […]

Allison Ciminelli- Stage IV Patient Story

Hello! I’m Allison and I’m 32. I was born, raised and currently live in Denver. I was diagnosed 2 years ago after suspicion of a genetic component in my family. My mom and grandma both died of stomach cancer and 47 and 73. My sister ended up in the hospital in 2015 where they found […]

There is Always Hope: COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Dear Friends, Facing stomach cancer is plenty difficult without also having to deal with a global pandemic. So, I wanted to reach out with some Hope-ful observations as we get through COVID-19 together. A Familiar Situation For those of us fighting stomach cancer the feeling of heartbreak, devastation and fear that the COVID crisis touches […]


Today is #GivingTuesday- a Global Generosity Movement, and I am asking for your support in transforming the battle against stomach cancer (gastric cancer). Our vision is to bridge the gap between research and care – because only then will we be able to find a cure and end stomach cancer. For the last 7 years, […]

The Physical Cost of Being Cured of Stomach Cancer

Hello friends and family, I thought it’s time to update on my dad. I’ve been asking for good thoughts, positive energy and prayers sent my dad’s way but I’ve not been so forthcoming on what is going on. As most of you already know, my dad is considered clinically “cured” from advanced stomach cancer. However, […]

Greater Awareness for Stomach Cancer Needed: Under 40 At Risk

Barcelona, Spain – Stomach cancer should no longer be considered a disease only of older people, and patients under 40 with chronic digestive symptoms should be more actively investigated – especially if they are of Latin American ethnicity. This advice follows new data from a retrospective, observational study in Mexico which showed that one in […]