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Beth Lambert Participates in Georgetown Event to Discuss Research, Awareness and Ongoing Importance of Educating At-Risk Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2014) – No Stomach For Cancer Board Member Beth Lambert today participated in a national forum hosted here by the Otto J. Ruesch Center for The Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown. Speaking alongside other patient advocates, including Michael Sapienza of the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, Elizabeth Hoffler of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Sharon Brigner of PhRMA, the conversation covered a range of topics, including the importance of empowering and educating patients about the preventive measures that can be taken to combat GI cancers, as well as the need to drive effective communication among stakeholders in the health care community and beyond.

“Today’s event is critical to elevating the conversation around GI cancers,” said Lambert. “This year alone, 22,000 people will be diagnosed with stomach cancer, many of whom could have benefited from greater awareness and education. Events like this help raise awareness about GI cancer broadly, as well as provide hope for the future of treatment options for patients.”

The forum also featured other notable health care leaders, including Dr. John Marshall, Director of the Ruesch Center, Dr. Allen Melemed, Distinguished Medical Fellow, Oncology, at Eli Lilly & Company, John Castellani, President and CEO of PhRMA, and Dr. Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Friends of Cancer Research. Congressional staff members Wade Ackerman of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions and Paul Edattel of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, United States House of Representatives also participated in the event, outlining the public policy landscape needed to advance GI cancer care research now and in the future.

“Unlike many other cancers — all of which deserve the highest degree of attention and engagement — stomach cancer is in need of greater resources, research andawareness. Our goal is to make all three happen.”

Founded in 2009, No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer. The organization’s mission is to support research and unite the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer. Headquartered in Wisconsin and serving families across the globe, No Stomach For Cancer is a worldwide leader in raising awareness and advancing education. For more information, please visit www.nostomachforcancer.org.