Today marks five years since the passing of my cousin, Michon, and I still remember that day like it was yesterday. In the ten months that followed her death, I quietly processed my grief and began to create this foundation as a way to personally heal, bring positivity to the world in the wake of tragedy, and create something that would make a difference for others and help to improve lives.
by: Ben Broghammer
I am proud we have directed nearly every dollar raised to program initiatives, leaving a very small administrative and operational overhead far outside the industry norms. It makes us unique and who we are.
The $5 donation has an effect that can make waves in furthering our mission. For most, who spend that same amount on a morning coffee, or a beer on the weekends, giving that $5 to charity may not be at the forefront of mind, but it can be an action taken that has huge implications past what can be normally expected. Cancer research is expensive. And though $5 may not seem like even a drop in the bucket when compared to some of the cancer research program budgets, it all adds up. Our most recent post on Instagram reached over 13,000 people in three days. If only 1 in 10 gave $5, we would have raised over $6,500—more than our most recent gift to MD Anderson Cancer Center. And because every dollar we raise goes to research and awareness, that is $6,500 that is making a direct impact in bettering our world.
Less than a quarter of a percent of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is directed toward stomach cancer. 0.23% to be exact. And while the disease is a top cancer worldwide statistically, funding still sits at roughly $13.4 million out of a $5.6 billion dollar budget.
Nonprofit spending and expense ratios is not only a large topic of discussion inside the board room but also a thought sometimes in the back of the minds of donors and those who are affected by the work of the organization. It’s no secret that there is waste in the non profit sector, and even more so, when compared to the for-profit realm, spending is more scrutinized when looking at that of charities and nonprofits.
Our email to supporters 1.12.2019
This morning, I was in Houston, TX, visiting the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where I had the opportunity to tour the center, meet with Dr. Naruhiko Ikoma, MD, MS, who is one of three physicians leading the gastric cancer research program at the center, and also formally present our gift.
MD Anderson is one of the world’s most respected cancer centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, and is ranked as the #1 center by U.S. News and World Report.
Today was an experience that I will never forget. Though this is the third cancer center and research program we have helped to support, the feeling of awe and excitement was heavy as I toured the center and listened to Dr. Ikoma talk about the research and the work they are doing. MD Anderson is a place that puts its patients first and is making a difference in the lives of others. I am beyond proud we are able to help support this program and this center, and be a part of work that is “making cancer history”. And I am reminded of why we are doing this in the first place, and why I started this organization.
To everyone who made this day and gift possible, again, thank you! Simply put, it would not have happened without you, and in the bigger picture, you are allowing us to continue forward on the mission we set out to accomplish in May 2015—to fund cancer research and make a difference in the world. I believe, full heartedly, we have a responsibility, as a society, to leave the world a better place than the one we came into. And today shows we are making a tangible impact and truly making the world a better, brighter, and hopefully one day very soon, a cancer free place. When I started this foundation, all I wanted to do was make a difference, even if that meant we were only able to help just one person. We have done that, and so much more. We are standing up to cancer—a disease that has no place in our world and something that will not dictate our future. The power of the human spirit and the determination to do all we can to better the lives of others was felt today, and I witnessed it in Houston. Thank you, again.
With Gratitude and Hope,
Founder & President
Three and a half years ago, this foundation was started for a simple purpose. To fund research for and to chip away at one of the biggest problems our world is facing—cancer. If were able to help just one person and make a difference in the world, no matter how big or small that was, we would have accomplished what we set out to do.
Over the past few years, we have surpassed that dream, time and time again, touching the lives of countless people around the world, and we have been able to help support two programs and cancer centers, furthering research for gastric cancer, and contributing to work that one day, will find a cure.
And today, we are thrilled to announce a third.
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.
by: Patty Rapp
I would like to share my experience having a loved one with stomach cancer twice. Before I go into detail I would like to introduce myself, my name is Patty. My experience with having a loved one with stomach cancer that I am going to be telling you about was my mother.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by: Ben Broghammer
Our world is overwhelmed with problems that span around the globe and affect people on deep levels. Among these, cancer and more specifically, stomach cancer. It is the fifth most common cancer and is responsible for over 1 million new diagnoses every year...