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May 1, 2014

“Run for Debbie’s Dream” 5K run/walk set to raise money for stomach cancer research

By Brendan Samsa

Cancer is one of the scariest words in the English language these days, and the scariest thing is that it can strike anyone at any time without warning.

Stomach cancer is a particularly lethal brand of the cancer family which has one of the lowest survival rates at 4 percent once stage IV has set in. One of the main reasons that this particular brand of cancer is so fatal is its tendency to go unnoticed for too long before it’s too late.

The lack of awareness when it comes to stomach cancer is exactly why on Saturday June 7, the Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Caner (DDF) is holding its first “Run For Debbie’s Dream” 5K run/walk to raise awareness and funds for the illness.

The 5K run, which will take place at the St. George Fellowship Centre in Copley, Ohio will begin at 8 a.m. Awards will be given to the top three runners overall as well as the top three in each age bracket. The foundation is also adding a children’s fun run which will be held at 7:30 a.m. and all participants will receive a medal.

The DDF foundation was founded by Debbie Zelman in 2009 after she had been diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer. DDF is a nonprofit organization, and its goals are to raise awareness, advance funding for research and provide education on stomach cancer.

Dr. Paul Bosela is a professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at Cleveland State University. Bosela, along with his wife Angela Bosela — who is a seven year stomach cancer survivor after a long battle with the illness — and their daughter Sheila Gambaccini, are the founders of the Ohio Chapter.

The Bosela’s are hosting the run on June 7, and all proceeds will go to the DDF foundation toward a cure for stomach cancer.

Registration for the race is $20, and a post-race party will be held with food, beer and music by Beach Boyz Entertainment.

Cancer may be a terrifying word, but with support and diligence in the fight against not only stomach cancer but all forms of cancer, we are getting closer to finding a cure every day.