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.
Michon was someone who always found the best in any situation, could light up the darkest room, and who fully embraced life and strived to always live the fullest one possible. She was selfless, compassionate, and caring. And she was a role model and someone I looked up to. We have done so much as an organization, and I know she would be tremendously proud of our accomplishments and the impact we have had on others.
In the four years since we started on this journey, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars for research and awareness, have helped support three cancer centers and their stomach cancer research programs, and have touched the lives of countless people around the world. We have started to elevate and bring awareness to a disease that is the fifth most common worldwide, yet receives little to no funding or attention from the National Cancer Institute and traditional cancer centers. We have helped to expand research programs. We have made a difference, and none of that would have been possible without you and the support you have shown.
I am immensely proud to lead a nonprofit that is changing the course of our world for the better, challenging the status quo of how nonprofits are operated and how they fulfill their missions, and one that continues to strive for better. We started because of Michon and we continue because of her and the challenges our world still faces.
Thank you for your continued generosity and support, and for contributing to all we have become! Together, we are making our world a better, brighter, cancer free place!
Ben Broghammer, Founder & President