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Our Mission

The DLH Foundation's mission is to create a community and help find a cure for Gastro-Esophageal cancers. Click below to learn more.

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Patient Information

You're diagnosed with gastroesophageal cancer. Now what?

Keeping a positive mindset: the mind/body/spirit connection

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Family and Friends

Helpful Online Resources to Gather Information

Support for your friends and family.

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Symptoms and Awareness

Hoarseness, Chronic Cough, Throat-Clearing, Post Nasal Drip, Sore or Burning Throat, Difficulty Swallowing, Shortness of Breath, Snoring, Sleep Apnea, Tooth Decay, Bad Breath, Asthma, COPD

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About the DLH Foundation

In Loving Memory of Deana LaRae Hamilton Hughes 1967 - 2007

Deana passed away on January 12, 2007. The DLH Foundation was created by family and friends in 2011. It is the mission of The DLH Foundation to honor Deana's memory by creating a community to help others afflicted with Gastro-esophageal cancers.

The DLH Foundation's mission is to create a community and help find a cure for Gastro-esophageal cancers.

  • Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship was established to help students attend college whose lives have been directly affected by Gastro-Esophageal Cancer.
  • The DLH Foundation website was developed as a one-stop informational resource for patients and caregivers as they navigate their journey to learn more about gastro-esophageal cancers. The website includes information on treatment options, nutrition, clinical trials and inspiration.
  • Community Awareness & Education of the most common symptoms of Gastro-Esophageal cancer will increase awareness so that early detection might be possible.
  • Funding Research and Development will help support new and innovative ways to identify the causes and treatment of Gastro-Esophageal cancer.

While we weren't able to beat Deana's cancer, we came through the process determined to try to make it just a little easier for those who would follow. Together we will share information; together we will continue to travel this journey; and together we will continue to search for a cure.

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Upcoming Events



Save the Date
9th Annual Fundraiser - A Pour Towards A Cure
Sunday, April 24, 2016
3 pm to 6 pm

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    Contact Information

    The DLH Foundation

    221 W. Crest Street, Suite 300

    Escondido, California 92025

    (760) 705-3055

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    The DLH Foundation has Tax-Exempt Status as a Private Operating Foundation described in Sections 501(c)(3) and 4942(j)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making contributions tax-deductible for federal tax purposes. Federal Tax ID No. 26-4540063