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Jan 7

IA

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!

Dec 17

 

rynellPeople of my own heart!  I synched up with the team of First Descents at our Angels on 80 Happy Hour and fell in love immediately with the team, the cause and the tie to outdoor sports.  FD was founded by Brad Ludden, a Nike athlete and professional kayaker who took his passion on a larger scale by creating camps for the cancer community.  At camp, participants can push themselves to the limits through kayaking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities against the backdrops of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Our very own Rynell Cook (Business Manager at IA and Ewing Cancer Survivor) hit the water last summer in Vail to meet other cancer fighter and survivors ages 18-39.  FD supports young adults with cancer, one of the most underserved demographics, giving them the opportunity to relax, mingle and challenge themselves to their own level.

Applications for next year will begin in January 2010.  Accepted applicants camp for free, with all athletic gear provided as well.  Stay tuned for more information on this group of movers and shakers, we plan to work closely with them!  Also, visit their webpage for more information on their programs, stories, staff, events and volunteer opportunities.  www.firstdescents.org

 

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Sean Brennan, Brad Ludden, Jonny Imerman, Angela Rossi and Me

 

Oct 15

 

Spotted!  Business Manager, Rynell Cook, and Emily Lottman, volunteer, turning out IA gear in the Carribean.

Rynell Cook and Emily Lottman

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