Flex on Cancer Foundation
Organized by: Mike O'Donnell
Gentleman I could use your help! About two weeks ago I was sitting in the sonogram section of Virginia Hospital Center waiting to hear the results of my sonogram as after a physical with my doctor i was referred to get my left testicle further examined as I felt a lumped. As I sat waiting a team of doctors came over and told me the news that no one wants to hear but that 39%-50% (depending on what study you choose to believe) of people will hear in your lifetime, that you have Cancer. Being someone who thought they were healthy/fit and physically felt fine that came as quite a shock. The next day I was rushed to surgery for an orchiectomy(look it up if you dont know what that is but in good humor I could have a REAL convincing Lance Armstrong Halloween costume) and told the ct scans showed it didn't spread but I may still have to do a round or two of chemo (still waiting on the pathology of the cancer and for tumor blood levels to go down). As you can imagine being told you have cancer can change your perspective on life. You are not invincible, tomorrow is not guaranteed, and most importantly do I want to live out my life selling software and not having an impact on this world? The answer is a hard no! So as I was looking at a picture I took before surgery of me smiling and flexing as I am attacking this thing with a positive mindset and motivated of rebounding it hit me like a ton of bricks! I am going to start my on charity foundation incorporating positive thinking, motivation, confidence building to those suffering/survivors while also donating to cancer research. In researching more into Charities it only convinced me more on what I had to do. For example American Cancer Society pays its CEO 1.4 million annually and the majority of your hard earned donation goes to salaries/new offices not cancer research (refer to charity navigator for any charity you may want to donate to).Or how about the Wounded Warrior Project which I have donated to in the past I am shocked to see they are all over the news being investigated for abusing and wasting donaters funds. So far I am working with a web developer, graphic designer, as well as a lawyer who is providing some services pro-bono. I have secured the website www.flexoncancer.com, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page. I have assembled a board including a cancer research doctor based out of San Diego, a two time cancer survivor, and some other great professionals. The biggest roadblock is the 345$ I have to pay to get the company name trademarked. As I already live paycheck to paycheck I cant afford that at this moment but I am shocked this name hasn't been taken yet as I believe it is catchy. I will not be paying myself a dime from The Flex on Cancer Foundation donations (having a lawyer draft up a legal document saying if I use any monetary donations to benefit me personally I will be subjected to a hefty monetary fine)as we will be the anti big name charity in that sense. No worries if you are not in a position to donate or do not want to I still love you all. Please message me if you want to be a part of this movement and give back or be part of the board. If this company helps motivate, bring positivity or a smile to one person who is battling the toughest fight in their life and they recover, then this nonprofit will be a success.