Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 "How to Kick mAss" World Tour

We are planning on taking a few tumor/cancer survivors to different areas of the pacific ocean to dispel the myth that “cancer is a death sentence.”  Internationally, cancer survivorship is not as prominent as it is in the United States.  Our plan is to educate the future healthcare professionals, current healthcare professionals, and patients that life after an intimidating tumor/cancer is not only possible but can also lead to changes in the stigma that cancer is a death sentence.

We firmly believe that the global stigma of a tumor/cancer diagnosis as a death sentence needs to be addressed and that tumor/cancer thrivers can be both a symbol and voice of hope in dispelling the myth that cancer is a death sentence.

Awaiting confirmation of the new venues in the summer/fall... details coming soon!  Check out what we did last year:  We'll be blogging more frequently this year!

the Philippines/Japan:

We could use your support in this ambitious venture!  We are not familiar with other groups or organizations attempting this.  Please consider a tax deductible donation to support our efforts in this mission.  mAss Kickers Foundation will plan similar trips around the world!   Please help us spread the message of tumor/cancer "THRIVERSHIP" around the world!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

OMG 2014, Las Vegas

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This past weekend I went to my third OMG Cancer Summit for young adult survivors.  I always come back from this conference physically exhausted, but emotionally recharged.  We decided not to table this year in order to enjoy the conference and network on a more personal level with the attendees!  I love going to this event because it is a great feeling finding people who have gone through similar experiences and understand the nuances of why you have to do things... As an 8-year young brain tumor survivor turned brain tumor thriver, I still remember how isolating it was after treatment.  Meeting and hanging out with people who understand your impairments felt like finding a long lost brother or sister separated at birth!  I will never forget that feeling.  On Saturday, I attended a session on Genomics and Forging Partnerships with Cancer Centers.  On Sunday, I attended the "First Steps to Fitness" Session and a Risk Management session.  This past year I was so happy to see more brain tumor specific sessions.  Unfortunately, I came in a day late and missed 2 of my brain tumor buddies, Ashley and Catherine speaking on the brain tumor panel.  I'm so happy to see brain tumor issues being represented at a "cancer conference".  We've come a long way!
Don't get me wrong going to Vegas wasn't all business. There were a lot of fun events planned as well! Friday night, we saw a screening of a number of extreme sports short films presented by First Descents then hung out at the Ghostbar in the hotel.  For me, I've learned that IT'S ALL ABOUT PACING YOURSELF AT THESE CONFERENCES!  Saturday night, a group of 11 survivors from California went to see the Jabbawookeez show, Prism, at the Luxor.  mAss Kickers Foundation was able to secure complimentary tickets for the small group!  It was really cool seeing the Jabbawookies live.  I've been following them since their days on MTV's ABDC, America's Best Dance Crew.  I always notice when Filipinos do some thing big.  PLUS they are from San Diego... HAHAHA!  After the show, we took some pictures and grabbed a bite to eat at the Luxor.  It was so cool getting to know everyone there!  After a pretty eventful day, we decided to just hangout at the hotel while everyone else partied the night away!  Totally fine by me because I got to know the NorCal guys pretty well.  You really get to know people when there isn't loud music or an artificial aura of trying to impress someone.  Chill and shooting the breeze... more my style then the club scene lately.

TUMORS SUCK 2014 Part 2

Are you Ready to be a mAss Kicker?

We think ALL Tumors Suck! We believe a stronger community needs to be formed to more efficiently fight these diseases. JOIN THE MASS KICKERS ARMY! Content here will be provided by real people who have been affected by tumors/cancer. Any one can be a "mAss Kicker". When facing a new intimidating diagnosis it is easy to loose confidence. We've found that the "Right ATTITUDE" will help get you through a difficult time! Are you ready to be a "mAss Kicker?"