The mind is a powerful force. This year, Brain Tumor Awareness Month reminded us of one man in the brain tumor community who shows just how powerful, especially in times of adversity, the mind can be.
Eric Galvez considers himself to be a ‘mAss kicker’:
1. Someone who gets an intimidating diagnosis, hears the words,
“we found a mass in your _____ (insert important body structure here),” and
refuses to let it control their life.
After being diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor, Eric underwent surgery and radiation therapy. When it was time to begin several months of rehabilitation, Eric got into the ‘mAss kicking’ mindset and prepared himself to take on any obstacles and physical impairments he might face – and he did it with vigor.
On top of never missing a single appointment, Eric continuously asked his physical therapists to schedule extra meetings. While requiring almost total assistance in nearly everything he did post-operation and radiation, Eric assured his doctors that, one day, he would surf again.
It was during his time in rehabilitation that Eric recognized the power that his brain had over all of his physical limitations.
“A brain tumor is not necessarily a ‘death sentence’.
Part of me was reborn with a new attitude that said,
Eric’s new “Why not?” outlook on life didn’t remain his alone. His mindset and perseverance spread to everyone with whom he came into contact, impressing even doctors who said that Eric, “challenges you; he motivates you; he takes you to another level.”
Eric Galvez is proof that, “The only thing limiting yourself is yourself.” As a ‘mAss Kicking’ leader in the brain tumor community, Eric inspires us to know that we “can accomplish anything that you really want to” – all we have to do is put our minds to it.
As Brain Tumor Awareness Month comes to an end, pass this video and Eric’s message along to three people you know who are affected by brain cancer, and keep spreading hope for other mAss kickers out there…long after the month has passed.
Much like Jonny Imerman, the founder of Imerman Angels, Eric Galvez knows the immeasurable impact that results from one person sharing knowledge and inspiration with someone else who is experiencing the unknowns of cancer. Check out the website on his organization, mAss Kickers, for more info: http://masskickers.org/
Imerman Angels is a cancer support nonprofit organization that creates personalized connections between cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. We at Imerman Angels are only able to achieve our mission because we have so many dedicated individuals who support us by donating, volunteering, spreading awareness and much more!
For one day each year, people from all over the world come together in support of charities and causes they are passionate about. That day this year is May 4, so in honor of World Give Day we challenge you to take these simple steps to help an organization or a cause you care about.
- Write or blog about a charity you love to inform your friends and followers about it too.
- Follow nonprofit organizations on your social media pages.
- Volunteer for a fun charitable event with friends and family.
- Organize an online or third party event in benefit of a local nonprofit organization.
- Check an online nonprofit calendar and attend one of their benefit events with your friends.
- Participate in a run or walk to support a cause.
- Donate to a local charity with a mission you support.
These are just a few of the many ways you can support a nonprofit organization in your community. Each donation, no matter how small, contributes greatly to the success of an organization. For more ideas on how you can support an organization visit www.imermanangels.org/support-us.php.
This article is part of a series organized by GiveForward. To learn more, visit their website at www.giveforward.com.
Did you know that one of the most important missions in the cancer community today is to spread awareness about cancer symptoms to promote early diagnosis? Early detection means early treatment and greater chances of early success. This is why Mayor Daley has declared that Tuesday, April 12, 2011 is Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation Day and Blood Cancer Awareness Day in Chicago. The goal is to have citizens of Chicago be actively aware of Lymphoma, Leukemia and Myeloma and the efforts to fight them. Even though blood cancers are some of the most common, and most deadly, they seem to be overshadowed and under-studied.
The greatest tool against cancer is awareness and the best way to be aware is to be educated about cancer signs and symptoms. The following article from Scott Seaman, a writer for the Chicago Cancer Examiner, is a great way to learn about some common signs and symptoms, as well as learn a little more about what blood cancer really is. Check it out!
Are you all ready for an EPIC event? On February 2, 2011 Jonny Imerman created a world record for “Most Hugs Against Cancer” to raise awareness for the young cancer population with 11 hugs.
For those of you who are not aware of Break Cancer, it’s a campaign that brings the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance together with Universal Record Data Base (URDB). It’s a great organization that raises cancer awareness through world records.
Little did we know, our friends at LIVESTRONG decided to start a friendly competition and broke our record with 30 hugs. Here at Imerman Angels, we LOVE to fight back for a good cause! In order to do so, we decided to do something BIGGER! How big you ask? Well, think a bear costume, 40+ supporters, and a great staff team wearing their Imerman Angels shirts on Michigan Ave, the Chicago hot spot.
On Wednesday, February 23rd from 12pm-1:30pm we will be giving hugs in Pioneer Court on Michigan Ave to those who want to help raise awareness for cancer support and break a record against cancer! You get bonus points for creative hugging style and costuming!
Check out the official site for more information and the original videos that sparked the challenge:
Visit our FB invite for more details:
We hope to see you all there!!
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Our mission here at Imerman Angels is to provide PERSONALIZED connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Jonny Imerman truly touched many people with his survival story. It captured our hearts and enabled us to do the same to many others around the world.
What we do here at Imerman Angels is uniquely match cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers to anyone seeking cancer support. We like to call them “Mentor Angels” who are walking, talking, living proof, and inspiration that cancer can be beaten—just like Jonny Imerman himself.
Jim Higley, also known as: Bobblehead Dad, is a writer, speaker, life observer, and cancer warrior. Jim is well respected here at Imerman Angels and one of our greatest supporters!
Please take the time to read his article on Manofthehouse.com. It’s a story of how Imerman Angels began and an awareness of Testicular cancer, which according to his article impacts 8, 500 men every year ages 15-35 in our country.
Be Aware and Help kick cancer to the curb!!
“I’ve walked in your shoes. I’ve been there. I beat it. And you can too.”
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