The Importance of Awareness & Research

By: Ben Broghammer, Founder & President

November is Awareness Month for stomach cancer, and it provides a time to bring attention to, to focus in on, and to talk about a disease that affects so many people every day.  When I think back to what we have been able to accomplish and what this organization means to all those we are able to help, I am reminded of the values we were founded on—values that touch the meaning of what charity is all about, down to its roots.  To boil it down simply—it means doing all we can, without self-interest, to better the lives of others, for the right reasons and in the right way, and to do all we can to leave our world a better place.

Special Announcement

Transcript from our Special Announcement Video (02.17.18), Ben Broghammer, Founder & President

Nearly three years ago, I started this organization, with the mission of funding stomach cancer research, in memory of my cousin, Michon, who passed away from the disease in 2014.   Following her death, I felt drawn to do something that would make a positive impact in our world, and make a difference in the lives of others.  Since our inception, our message has reached every state, 26 countries, and tens of thousands of people around the globe. 

Today, I am excited to announce our financial contribution to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. 

A New Year, a Recommitment to Our Mission

A new year is a time to set goals, recommit ourselves to a common purpose and our mission, and continue to advance on the course we set out on just over two and a half years ago.  As we start 2018, I have been reflecting on what we have been able to accomplish since our inception and the milestones and challenges we have experienced, but more heavily, the difference and impact we have been able to make in the world.  I am reminded of the good that spans to every corner of the globe, and of the power we have as a collective body for the change we wish to see.  Throughout history, we, as a society, have been able to beat what was thought to be the impossible, but one of the biggest struggles we have had to face is finding a cure for cancer.

End of the Year

Hi Everyone,

As we approach the end of 2017, I want to recap the past year, and showcase some of our accomplishments and news.  First, thank you to everyone who has made a donation to our organization this year, and has helped support our work!  Your generosity and continued commitment means so much to me and all of us involved at Project Periwinkle, and I am thankful for what your support allows us to do.  If you have not made a contribution, and would like to before the year ends, there is still time, and any gift, large or small, makes a huge difference and is so much appreciated!

The Importance of Stomach Cancer Research

Cancer research is vitally important and the work needed to find a cure is immense.  Today, so much weight is put on the awareness of diseases in our world, but far above that, is the need to bring attention to the research that needs to be done.  Project Periwinkle was founded to, in large part, fund stomach cancer research and contribute to the work that is actively being done to find a cure.  While awareness of stomach cancer is important, the need for research goes far beyond people simply knowing about this disease, the extremely low attention it receives, and the high commonality and death rates that come with it. 

Stomach Cancer Awareness & Research

Cancer research and awareness is something that is extremely close to my heart.  I started Project Periwinkle in memory of my cousin, Michon, who passed away from stomach cancer in 2014.  However, throughout my life, both before and after her passing, I have been touched by cancer in ways that have shaped my view of the world, and that have developed and contributed to my drive and commitment to fight back and help find a cure.  November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and we are reminded of the dedication of Project Periwinkle and of the commitment that led to the creation of this organization.

Three Years

Today marks three years since Michon’s passing.  We launched Project Periwinkle in her memory in the Spring of 2015 to fund medical research and bring awareness to Stomach Cancer, and since then, have seen our mission grow and advance, and today, we are especially reminded of the work and impact we are striving toward and continuing to make in the lives of others.

Since then, cancer has continued to touch the lives of those around me, and I am reminded every day of the importance of fighting back against cancer, and working toward the day we can all talk about what it was, not what it is.  There is nothing stronger than the will of the human spirit and the determination of a society longing to better the world and the lives of those around them.

We're Two!

Today marks our second birthday, and a continued commitment to the mission on which we were founded: to fund stomach cancer research with the goal of finding a cure.  We have grown immensely these past two years, and I am very much looking forward to the third.  There is so much potential and a tremendous amount to things to look forward to in our future.  One of which, of course, being the day a cure is found.  I am reminded every day of the growing need to find a cure for not just stomach cancer, but all cancers, and we have a duty as a society to never give up in the fight back against this disease.  It may have an effect on our lives, but it cannot weaken our resolve, our strength, or our hopes for a better a future.

My Story: Millie McConnell

by: Millie McConnell

I was diagnosed with stage 3B signet ring stomach cancer on Nov 15, 2001. My total gastromectomy was December 2001.  The surgeon, being new and his first TG patient I believe made the 'on the spot decision' tocreate a "pouch" from my intestine to operate as a stomach.  (To date, this is a very RARE procedure since I know of only one other the same as I living in Florida who is a 20 year TG with pouch survivor).  This I believe has been the big reason I have survived and done as well as I have since it has allowed my body to hold the nutrients easier.

What a World Without Cancer Would Look Like

Today, it is rare to know someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way.  And I don’t remember when I first learned what cancer was.  I think that speaks to the degree to which the disease is ingrained in our everyday lives.  During our childhoods, we were living in our own words without worry or fear or awareness of the problems of the world, and that was a time which was much more simpler than the world we find ourselves in today.

Remembering My Mom on Mother's Day

by: Evette Howe

As fate would have it, May 8th is Mother's Day & it just happens to be 6 months since my mom passed away, which both fall on a Sunday.  This past week has been very hard for me.  Grief is a funny thing, one can be going about your day just fine but somehow your body remembers and the emotions will just overwhelm you with grief, memories, heartache until you begin to connect the dots of the timing.

The Drive to Make a Difference

by: Ben Broghammer

It is an amazing feeling knowing we have the power to change our world to anything we want to.  There is no saying the exact amount of work each task we set out to do will take, and surly there has to be a passion and drive behind our actions.  Some may be overflowing with emotion and others may simply be the strong desire for change.  And the best have both.  The meaning behind Project Periwinkle is...