On a very personal note we are soon going to publish an article of my
relative’s story on our website, however, I wanted to share this story.
I recently discovered I have a relative, Jerry, who was adopted. For his
45th birthday his wife gave him Ancestry.com’s DNA testing to find family.
Thanks to this test he was able to find his birth mother on Ancestry.com.
When he contacted her she was then able to give him the name of his birth
father for him to research. After google searches and cold-calling he found
Jerry’s father is CDH1 positive and Jerry is around the age where most
of our family members were diagnosed with HDGC. When he told Jerry
this he suggested Jerry contact me. I sent Jerry to the NIH, he enrolled
in their study, and he discovered he was positive for the family mutation.
As many familiar with the CDH1 mutation know an endoscopy can be
unreliable method to find cancer at an early stage therefore prophylactic
gastrectomy is usually recommended. Last month Jerry had his stomach
removed. He had Stage 1 stomach cancer.
We are extremely lucky to have been a part of Jerry’s recovery. Had his wife
decided to wait to gift him a DNA test by a few years this story may have had
a very different ending. We continue our ongoing effort to beat this cancer in
determination to have more stories like Jerry’s.
10th Annual DeGregorio Foundation Award for Cancers of the Esophagus and Stomach
Deadline: November 5, 2019. Up to $250,000 over two years will be awarded.
Funding Period: January 15, 2020- December 31, 2022
Amount: $250,000 for entire grant period. ($225,000 direct, $25,000 indirect).
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