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President, DLH Foundation
San Diego CA

In 2007, my sister Deana Hamilton Hughes passed away at 39 years old from signet ring cell gastroesophageal cancer. Following her death, I went to the doctor and had an endoscopy to make sure he didn’t see anything similar to my sister’s cancer inside my GI tract. Once I got the “no issues” message from my doctor, I never thought about it again.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to create a community to support families affected by the CDH1 gene mutation and HDGC (Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer)

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The West Coast CDH1/HDGC Symposium

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Save Our Stomachs

2017 CSUSM Senior Experience Team with Mr. Burnham

Save Our Stomachs For The Future

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Faces of HDGC


Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC), caused by a mutation in the CDH1 gene, is now estimated to have a population incidence of approximately 5-10/100,000 births (2020).

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