The Chelcun Family Fund for Stomach Cancer Research has accomplished much, in a very short time. Our website is a leading resource (if not the leading resource) for information about HDGC and support for HDGC families worldwide. We are writing to bring you up to date on what’s been happening, and to announce a major step forward.
Our website at www.BeStrongHearted.org took off in a way none of us had anticipated. The statistics are astounding: visitors from 81 countries and every state in the United States; thousands of page views; families across the globe sharing their stories and connecting with others for support and information.
We’ve sparked a research study that will be led by Dr. Gregory Lauwers, a pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Details about the study will be announced soon on our website.
We’ve raised money! We received many contributions as memorials to Greg Chelcun; we also accepted generous gifts from our own friends and family. Please know how very grateful we are for these remarkable acts of kindness, honor and support. The story of the day, however, is that we are seeing an amazing outpouring of public support: from other HDGC families, Facebook, iGive, and the public at large. People are sponsoring fundraising events throughout the country, to support our initiatives. We’ve touched a nerve and we fill a need. And that’s what leads us to announce this next major step.
We recently incorporated a new nonprofit organization called No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. Over time, the new organization will house all activities of the current Chelcun Family Fund (and YES, Be Strong Hearted and Kia Kaha will remain a part of our identity!). No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. will undertake international fundraising for gastric cancer research, and will continue to provide resources and support for families affected by this devastating disease worldwide. This stand alone organization will keep on giving – to educate, to support families and to fund research – with or without the Chelcun Family. This is how we will make a difference, both now and for the future generations of families affected by HDGC.
Change doesn’t happen overnight, though, so for the time being you might hear sometimes about No Stomach For Cancer; sometimes about the Chelcun Family Fund; and sometimes about Be Strong Hearted. It’s a time of transition and we simply ask for your patience and understanding. Our funds are still being held in the name of the Chelcun Family Fund For Stomach Cancer Research at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, and your donations there remain welcome and tax deductible. Once No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. obtains its own IRS tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization, our board of directors will determine how and where to manage the organization’s funds – and of course we will let you know about all such developments as they occur.
We wish to reassure our donors that the contributions you have made are reserved for research, and will not be used for administrative or start up costs. We are seeking funding from other sources to cover the start up costs that will be necessary for establishing and maintaining No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. as its own entity.
This is an exciting time of growth and we need your thoughts, suggestions and talents. The opportunities for taking part in this effort are limitless. If you wish to be involved in No Stomach For Cancer in any way (and we hope you will!) please contact us through the website.
Thank you all, for your continued support, and for Being Strong Hearted!
The Chelcun Family