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In Memory of Karen Oelschlaeger

Karen Oelschlaeger from Montpelier, Vermont I was 33 when I was first diagnosed, two days before my 34th birthday. I was 36 when I was diagnosed with Stage IV peritoneal metastasis and carcinomatosis earlier this year (2020). How were you diagnosed? I had stomach problems since fall of 2017. I repeatedly reported my symptoms to read more

In Memory of Jemiver Edgard Cabalagnan

In Memory of Jemiver Cabalagnan, who passed away three days after turning 32 years old. Here is his story, as told by his surviving wife, Roxanne. How was he diagnosed? Suspected cancer after undergoing an endoscopy. Samples were taken from his stomach and were sent to the lab for biopsy. We learned about the final […]

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.  […]

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, […]

32-Year-Old Cancer Warrior Jason Diaz Shares His Story with Spectrum News

“Cancer can’t control my mind. It can control my body and some things are out of my hands, but I control my mind and I can control if I want to be happy or not.” This incredible Warrior, Jason Diaz, who is a part of the Hope for Stomach Cancer family shares his incredible story […]