Volunteer Board Position

Are you interested in serving on the Degregorio Family Foundation Board?

DFF has three openings on the Board. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about finding a cure for stomach and esophageal cancer and who can bring a diversity of experience to the board in order to help to expand the organization’s impact, visibility, and fundraising.

For additional information regarding Board responsibilities and to have an application form e-mailed to you, please contact Lynn DeGregorio at lynn@degregorio.org.


Degregorio Family Foundation

Headquartered in Westchester County, NY The Degregorio Family Foundation (DFF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, raises funds to financially support critical research grants to facilitate early detection and effective treatment therapies for the deadly diseases of stomach and esophageal cancer.

Stomach and esophageal cancers are among the fastest growing and most underfunded cancers in the world.  Annually more than 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with an upper GI cancer.  Even with treatment, the five year survival rate patients diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancers have an 18% and 30% respectively after five years.   Because there has been little funding to support research, minimal progress has been made to prevent or improve the survival rate.  Through funding critical research, the Degregorio Family Foundation has been working to change those odds.

DFF was founded in 2006 after a tenth member of Lynn DeGregorio’s family succumbed to stomach cancer and was found to have possessed a rare gene that causes the disease and other common cancers.  Lynn and her surviving sibling, who both tested negative for the gene, created the foundation to raise funds for research on the hereditary and non-hereditary varieties of stomach and esophageal cancer.  Since its inception, the Foundation has made tremendous progress in providing the private support needed to learn more about these cancers, which affect millions of people annually around the globe.

The DeGregorio Family Foundation has awarded approximately $2 million dollars in research grants since its founding in 2006 and has acted as a catalyst for millions of dollars in additional research to learn more about these cancers.   It seeks to promote and facilitate education and collaborative research on the pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and treatment of Upper Gastrointestinal Malignancies.  All funds raised go directly to providing grants to innovative researchers.

For the last 10 years, the DeGregorio Family Foundation has awarded research grants annually to researchers at top organizations such as The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Each year DFF’s Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of world-renowned oncologists and scientists from institutions worldwide, review grant applications and award funds to applicants who are both innovative and will be a catalyst for collaboration.   Each year DFF awards grants to promising researchers and clinical scientists worldwide whose work can make meaningful strides in gastric and esophageal cancer research.