Wow! What a fantastic month March 09 has been for Chasing Rainbows. Monday, March 2, I was interviewed on live webradio by Matthew Zachery (of I’mTooYoungForThis.org) for “The Stupid Cancer Show” broadcasting out of New York. Got some great feedback and some new website links supporting young adults living with cancer. I will get Melanie to post them on our “Chasing Rainbows” website. [Ed. note: they are also on the blogroll to your right…scroll down to see lots of useful links!]
Next: Our March 5th “Chasing Rainbows Screening and Discussion” presentation at the Dunbar Community Centre here in Vancouver had a full house. We kept having to add more chairs as people streamed into the room.
Anna Peled, our young adult cancer survivor speaker, kept us laughing with her jaunty delivery while Sarah Sample, a counselor from the BCCA, informed us of the ongoing support counselling services available for patients and family members offered at the BCCA. Michael Booth Palmer charmed the audience with his usual evocative balladeer style.
The big surprise to me and to the crowd was Angelo Vakakis, a young man from the film, who showed up unexpectedly and gave us a quick update on what he has been doing since shooting the original Chasing Rainbows film footage in April 1998. He looked good and is walking strong and unaided…just as he hoped he would be someday, after his leg was amputated below the knee due to cancer more than eleven years ago. Soooo great to hook up with him again.
March 9 I received an email from Lorna Larsen of Team Shan saying she was coming out to participate in the Canadian Association of PsychoOncology (CAPO)’s annual conference here in Vancouver and we plan to hook up and share our future goals to support young adults living with cancer. Check out www.TeamShan.ca for more info on the marvelous work Lorna is doing on behalf of young women with breast cancer.
March 5th Michael Boot Palmer and I launched Parts 1 to 5 of the new YouTube videos interview series we have titled: “Young Adults’ Candid Cancer Conversations”. Check it out and let us know what you think!
So it has been a month of getting things done…reaching out…and helping support. More to come…stay tuned!
— Pat Taylor