JI spent the end of the week/last weekend in Baltimore, Maryland visiting cancer fighters in the area and speaking at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center .
The Greenebaum Cancer Center is a top research facility, designated by the National Cancer Institute. Get out your golf clubs for their Fairway to Life program, dedicated to Breast Cancer.
Next stop: The Ulman Cancer Fund’s Blue Jeans Ball event, where Imerman Angels was honored this year, on the 30th. (Jonny was flattered and thanks The Ulman Cancer Fund for the recognition!!)
The 31st- Jonny took a trip north to NYC to support IA Survivor Angel, Jen Linn, in her Cycle for Survival event (www.cycleforsurvival.org) at Equinox Gym. The event was in support of the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where Jonny recently spoke: thousands of fighters, survivors and caregivers (many in IA’s network) came out to fight cancer!
(Pictured above: Jonny with friend and future IA Angel , Alyssa Acquafredda)
Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2010 with a great, busy week! Thus far, we’ve had 34 cancer fighters and 7 caregivers reach out for 1on1 support. We’ve completed 25 pair-up connections this week so far!
The pair-up that I would like to highlight is pretty unique. A 26 year old guy from Washington fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma reached out looking to connect not only with another Hodgkin’s survivor but someone who was an athlete, specifically, a cyclist. He wanted to chat with someone who got back on the bike while going through treatment. He had some questions about how long they waited, if they were able to ride while on treatment, etc… Well, we found him two great athlete survivors to chat with!
First, I connected him with “Wheels.” I met Wheels (her camp nickname) this past summer at First Descents. She was one of my closest buddies at camp and she lives in Colorado Springs, CO. She’s a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, had it while she was in her late 20’s and she’s 30 years old now – doing great, healthy again and finishing up her PhD in psychology. Wheels got her nickname because she’s a huge cyclist. On her time off, she’s also a training coach AND she won a national championship 11 months after her diagnosis.
Next, I connected him with another guy living in NY who had Hodgkin’s when he was 30 years old. He was also an athlete – he played hockey and lifted weights. I thought he could shed some light on his experience with balancing treatment and his sport guy-to-guy.
Needless to say, these were two great connections. We not only pair-up based on age, gender, cancer type and stage level but we also try to specialize the connection based on the needs of the cancer fighter. Perhaps someone is looking for another athlete, or someone who did alternative medicine, or maybe another single mom with kids. We always do our best to meet these needs.
Again, if you and/or someone you know has been touched by cancer – please don’t hesitate to reach out. The first step is to register online from our homepage please click on “GET CONNECTED.” We’d be happy to get you connected to another survivor and/or register you in our network so that you can help mentor-angel someone else who is newly diagnosed.
Wishing all of you a wonderful, healthy year in 2010!
LIVESTRONG and the YMCA are partnering up to deliver fitness programs tailored to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. From muscle endurance programs in Ann Arbor, 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte and Yoga in Dallas to nutrition in Des Moines, LIVESTRONG is helping the cancer community all around the country. Click here to see how you can participate!
Ethan Zohn, known as the winner of Survivor: Africa, is more than just a television personality. He co-founded Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children, through a tailor-made curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention.
Diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s disease in April, Ethan has been an advocate for cancer awareness, publishing inspirational quotes and videos of his treatment and more.
To add depth to his public battle against cancer, his long-time girlfriend, Jenna Morasca, has created Zohn’s illness for Fancast, which is a collection of topics ranging from the feelings of responsibility that comes with being a caregiver, alternate therapy and experiences with chemotherapy.
Take a peek at her blog and http://www.ezohn.com/ to learn more about their journey.