Teddy Bears Anonymous was founded on December 2008 after the loss of my daughter. Erin Lawrence was predeceased by her mother in 1991. They both passed away from a very rare form of gastric cancer called Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer ( HDGC ) It was the love my daughter had for life and her compassion for sick children that we have Teddy Bears Anonymous today in the hospitals in Saskatchewan.
I wrote and published a book called Erin’s Gift. It’s my hope that continued research in this area will someday develop a test to diagnose this disease in its earliest stages. In doing so, it would help in the prevention of unnecessary prophylactic gastrectomies.