Stomach cancer and H.pylori – Janine’s story
I’m not a millionaire and there are other diseases I could have donated to, but stomach cancer is so much more prevalent than I’d realised, and I know my donation will make a difference. – Janine Flatt, Bequestor
As an African-American US military veteran, Bruce Hall never knew he was in a high-risk group for stomach cancer linked to gastric bacteria (H.pylori) infection*.
Even when he was diagnosed with H.pylori infection in April 2017, there was no mention of increased stomach cancer risk.
Taken by stomach cancer at 64
So, no-one expected this fit, non-smoking teetotaller to succumb to stomach cancer at the age of 64.
Piling stress on top of his wife’s grief, Bruce died without a Will, leaving Australian-born Janine alone in the USA, with a lengthy and draining legal process to settle his affairs.
Once she had untangled the legal mess, Janine used her tragic bereavement as the catalyst for a donation to medical research.
When Janine heard about Professor Richard Ferrero’s stomach cancer research at Hudson Institute, she decided a donation from Bruce’s estate was an effective and appropriate way to help others avoid a similar fate.
“I felt so strongly about this link between H.pylori and stomach cancer, and then to find out it’s so prevalent among people just like Bruce, I wanted to make a difference if I could.”
– Janine said.
Janine is in good company, too – another significant funder of this research is the US government itself.
It is good to hear the US Department of Defense look beyond their immediate shores to fund and utilise the research skills of those at Hudson Institute.” – Janine said
Now living back in Australia, unsurprisingly, one of the first things Janine asks people is: “Do you have a Will?”
Power the research of tomorrow for improved health globally with a gift in your Will today.
Read more stories like this in our
2022 Annual Report
*The DoD has identified stomach cancer as a high risk for military veterans, particularly those of African-American, Hispanic and Asian ethnicities, and the five-year survival rate for stomach cancer is still less than 30 per cent
Hudson Institute communications
t: + 61 3 8572 2761