Albert and Branny Carrasco
The San Francisco Chapter was started by Albert and Branny Carrasco. Branny was diagnosed with Stage 3b stomach cancer in November 2013, at 31 years of age. She had a Helicobacter Pylori infection. H.Pylori caused an Ulcer and a few days in the Emergency room. After a year of seeing a few GI specialist all seemed well. A recurrence of symptoms that autumn lead to a trip to the ER, just to be safe. A few weeks later Branny was having the majority of her stomach removed and discussing chemo and radiation options. She is now undergoing IV chemotherapy, and radiation therapy of her abdomen. It is a challenging battle, but she is so far taking it to task. Albert and Branny are the parents of two small boys.
They are both military veterans. Branny served as a US Navy Corpsman. Albert served as an avionics technician. They met while they were both stationed overseas in Japan. Branny is a nursing student who plans to continue once she conquers cancer. For the last 5 years Albert has worked in Hawaii, and Northern California with Defense Logistics Agency as part of the J6 Info Ops team. He is a graduate student at Embry-Riddle studying Supply Chain Management. Her stomach was positive for helicobacter pylori, which was a major cause of her cancer. She is now working with Debbie's Dream to change the medical practice in the US to take a more proactive stance to prevent stomach cancer using more aggressive screening, diagnosis, and treatment of Helicobacter infections. Due to higher rates of H.Pylori infections in members of the military deployed overseas, Albert and Branny would also like to increase awareness among veterans and service members specifically.