BENEFITING: ABOVE & BEYOND CANCER
ORGANIZER: ABOVE & BEYOND CANCER
EVENT DATE: Sep 21, 2014
Justin is a pretty incredible kid, he is the grown son of a friend of ours. I want to help him in his goal because "he betters the life of everyone he comes in contact with". I will donate $1 of my money for every $1 I can get you guys to donate. (I do have a limit unfortunately, but lets see if you can make me break my bank) GO! ABOVE & BEYOND CANCER wrote -
Clear Lake, IA natives Justin & Alicia Anderson met in 2007, and were first touched by cancer in 2010 after Justin's diagnosis of brain cancer. During Justin's treatment, he stayed at a place called "The Hope Lodge" in Iowa City, IA. After his stay, Justin was asked to be the guest speaker at the 2010 "Hope Lodge Gala."
Little did Alicia know, Justin had been thinking about proposing to Alicia for quite some time. Justin decided that the proper time would be during his speech at the 2010 "Hope Lodge Gala" in Iowa City. Justin proposed to Alicia, and she said yes.
After Justin's speech at the Hope Lodge Gala, the emcees announced Justin and Alicia's engagement. At the end of the night, Justin and Alicia were approached by a man who introduced himself as Dr. Richard Deming. Dr. Deming was holding a big screen TV he had won in the silent auction for the Gala. Dr. Deming said to Justin and Alicia, "I won this TV in tonight's auction, and I'd like to congratulate you both on your engagement, and Iike to be the first to give you a wedding gift!
Dr. Deming handed Justin & Alicia his new TV.
A few weeks later, Justin got a call from an unknown number. He didn't answer it. The voicemail was from Dr. Richard Deming. Dr. Deming said "Justin, I am taking a team of cancer survivors to Mount Everest Base Camp, and I'd like you to go!"
Justin went to Mount Everest Base Camp with a team of 18 cancer survivors that proved cancer doesn't always have to win.
When Justin came home, he joined Above + Beyond Cancer as Program Director. Today, Justin gets to lead other cancer survivors on incredible adventures. Justin wanted Alicia to finally be able to share one of these adventures with him, and so when the opportunity came in 2014, Justin & Alicia committed to go to Machu Picchu with Above + Beyond Cancer together!
Today, Justin is going to Machu Picchu as a cancer survivor, and Alicia as his caregiver. They look forward to sharing this incredible experience with an awesome team - and Justin looks forward to playing his guitar for everyone at camp :)