Debbie’s Dream Foundation Announces 5th Annual DDF Dream Team in the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon


Proceeds raised by the team will fund future research in hopes of finding a cure for stomach cancer.

Debbie's Dream Foundation Dream TeamDebbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) invites friends, families, sponsors and supporters to join its 5th Annual DDF Dream Team to run in the upcoming Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Runners and walkers from all over the world can participate in the event on Sunday, January 25, which will begin at 6:15 a.m. Registration is still open for the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and a discount code can be used by going to www.debbiesdream.org/portal/miami-marathon. All proceeds raised by the DDF Dream Team will go directly to Debbie’s Dream Foundation to fund research programs to help find a cure for stomach cancer.

This year participants in the DDF Dream Team will be running in honor of or in memory of cancer patients. Anyone can donate to the DDF Dream Team runners if they want their loved ones’ names on the front or back of the DDF running shirts.

“This is our 5(th) year having a Dream Team in the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, and we know it will be our biggest Debbie's Dream Foundation Dream Team Membersand best team yet,” said Debbie Zelman, President and Founder of Debbie’s Dream Foundation. “The DDF Dream Team has grown tremendously over the past few years and I, along with many other volunteers, will be there to support our participants who are helping to advance our cause and honor cancer patients.”

“Being on our team comes with some pretty awesome perks,” said Mary-Margaret Killmeyer, DDF’s Miami Marathon Co-Chair.  Members of the DDF Dream Team will receive several complimentary benefits including a DDF race shirt, a training program with tips, race packet pick-up if requested, and a Kick-Off Party happy hour. The Dream Team Miami Marathon Kick-Off Party will take place on Friday, January 23, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Plantation. “In addition to the complimentary happy hour, teammates will also receive food, beverages, goodies and complimentary massages at the DDF Friends & Family Tent at the race finish line,” Mary-Margaret said.

Once a runner or walker has joined the DDF Dream Team, team members can start fundraising for the organization. DDF encourages each member to set a minimum goal of $250. If a member raises $1,000, DDF will reimburse their full registration fee.

Debbie Zelman founded DDF in 2009 after being diagnosed with Stage IV incurable gastric cancer. Debbie’s Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to bring attention and action to this important cause. The organization encourages people to spread the word about early detection and screening because if a patient is diagnosed at an early stage, the chances of being cured dramatically increase.

Registration information to join the DDF Dream Team is at www.debbiesdream.org/portal/miami-marathon. If you know anyone who has already registered for the race but would like to switch to the DDF Dream Team, please email his or her name and date of birth to our Event Manager, Jenna Reed, at Events@DebbiesDream.org or call (954) 475-1200.

About Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer:
Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. DDF was the first stomach cancer organization and now has 24 chapters in the US, Canada, and Germany with thousands of supporters and volunteers. DDF helps patients worldwide through a free Patient Resource Education Program (PREP), a Clinical Trials Matching Service, and a Support Community.  DDF has a world renowned Medical Advisory Board; hosts free education events internationally; advocates for increased federal funding for stomach cancer research; and directly funds research. For more information about DDF, visitwww.DebbiesDream.org.