BENEFITING: Epic Experience
EVENT DATE: Jul 30, 2016
I am a stage 3 GYN cancer survivor. I was treated at age 38 in 2012. As you can imagine, it was a grueling experience. I felt isolated not knowing anyone my age and emotionally and physically drained from the whole doctor/hospital experience. I was fortunate to find Epic Experience, a not-for-profit in Colorado which offers survivors and their caregivers a week long paid for camp in the Colorado Rockies. I was privileged to attend in June of 2014. I found solace and healing in the great outdoors, but most importantly I found an amazing support system. I live in Florida but they are a second family to me and I am in constant contact with them. Epic's motto is "Live Beyond Cancer" and that is exactly what I took from my experience at camp. Campers are challenged during the summer months to white water kayak the Colorado River. I was so scared, but Epic's volunteers' love and encouragement helped me to conquer the river. I returned to Florida with a renewed zest for life and I now push myself out of my comfort zone. Since camp I have gone skydiving and I obtained my motorcycle endorsement. This July 2016, I plan to take an 8 day trip, a pilgrimage of sorts, to ride out on motorcycle to Epic Experience's office in Arvada, Colorado. I want to create awareness about Epic Experience and to raise money. My goal is to raise $25,000.00 for one week's worth of camp, which will cover 10 campers. PLEASE HELP ME!!! This is my way to PAY IT FORWARD. Epic Experience is in it's 4th year, and since camp was created, 7 campers have died to this disease. I know, having attended camp, that their time at Epic was a ray of sunshine to this horrible ordeal. Funding for getting a BREAK FROM CANCER is just as important as funding for research and medical funding. Epic is an amazing support organization and I am convinced it was an immune booster for me. It is chicken soup for the body, mind, and soul! Please help me help others have this amazing opportunity! You can follow Epic Experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and learn more about them at Epicexperience.org. THANK YOU!!!