Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) recently announced its new COVID-19 Resources and Support Program. The program’s primary goal is to support, educate, and protect the already vulnerable stomach cancer community during the pandemic. The new initiative will help patients with stomach cancer and their families by providing critical information and resources on topics related to COVID-19 updates and prevention, a meal delivery service, telehealth, and a mental health component.
DDF’s new program will feature COVID-19 educational webinars, where doctors will provide updates and tips on preventing the coronavirus. In addition, DDF will send patients and families COVID-19 kits, which will include free face masks, hand sanitizers, and informational brochures and pamphlets on coronavirus testing, hand washing, food safety, and more. The program will also feature a meal delivery service to help minimize patient exposure to the virus during treatment. Additionally, it will cover
mental health–related topics through a series of mindfulness videos to provide holistic techniques for patients and caregivers.
Andrea Eidelman, Esq
“The stomach cancer journey is already extremely difficult for patients and their families, but the pandemic has compounded these difficulties,” said Chief Executive Officer Andrea Eidelman, Esq. “We are excited to launch the new COVID-19 program because it will directly address those areas that have made the stomach cancer community even more vulnerable and hopefully make the journey easier and more manageable for them.”
DDF’s new program is made possible by a $100,000 sponsorship from Merck & Co. The additional funds will allow the COVID-19 initiative to serve as an extension of DDF’s Patient Resource Educational Program. Through this program, DDF currently provides free education and support for patients, caregivers, and families through Monthly Stomach Cancer Support Groups, a mentorship matching program, and informative webinars and symposia throughout the year.