Today I visited Stupid Cancer HQ, and it was AWESOME…
I rang the doorbell, and I was greeted with a big hug from Kenny Kane, their Executive Vice President. He then gave me a mini tour of their office, and we sat for a while and just talked about life.
It was crazy just being in their office, seeing where all of the magic takes place. I’ve been a fan of Stupid Cancer since their beginning, about 6 years ago when was going through my own battle with cancer. When the doctor gave me a crazy diagnosis, my first instinct as a millennial teenager was, “Google It.” However, all that Google gave me were scary statistics, scientific explanations, and meaningless facts and figures… all of which did not serve me at all. What I really needed was support. Support from people who have shared my same experience that I could talk to, ask questions, and just vent about life and how STUPID cancer is…. and that was when I found Stupid Cancer, a non profit organization whose mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer. Their website is extraordinarily organized and informative, and I am always finding new means of support, information, and motivation. I have personally witnessed their growth and expansion over the past 6 years, and I could not be more excited to be raising money for them this weekend at our Dance for Canswer NYC Workshop!
What inspired me the most about this little adventure was seeing how big of a difference this small team of people at Stupid Cancer are able to have on the lives of others. Their work has changed the lives of people all across the country who have been touched by cancer, and somehow, they continue to grow, adapt, and even sit down to have a meaningful conversation with a random blonde chick that happens to ring their doorbell. They are truly and awesome organization that is doing good in our community, and for that I want to acknowledge them.
Here is their manifesto:
"Within the young adult cancer community, we hold no one’s disease above anyone else’s. It is not a contest about body parts because the playing field is leveled when stupid cancer comes along. There are no "good" cancers. Benign tumors can be just as devastating as malignant ones. Issues of isolation, fertility, relationships, fear, parenting, caregiving, careers and insurance are equally shared. We believe that when the doctor says, "You’re cured. Go home.", that’s not the end of the story. We have the right to survive with dignity and quality and we deserve to be treated age-appropriately. Cancer survivorship is an art; and the art of your survivorship is how you choose to get busy living. This is who we are. We are one community. We are hundreds of thousands strong. We are changing the rules. WE ARE STUPID CANCER!
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