Chasing Rainbows and Wrong Way To Hope National Tour 2011March 8, 2011
Biggest New News! Young adult cancer survivor, Mike Lang, asked me to help him “do for his film, “Wrong Way To Hope” what I have been doing for “Chasing Rainbows” for the past 4 years. Within the past few months we have built a WW2H Screening and Discussion Cross Canada Tour for March 20 to May 19th, 2011, from Victoria, B.C. to Halifax, N.S. We are launching the tour with YACN and Callanish Society who are hosting a WW2H Screening event as a fundraiser at the Ridge Theatre in Vancouver, B.C. on March 20. Sponsors are being finalized as I write this: YACC and First Descents have shown interest. Mike Lang is keen to empower the voice of young adult cancer survivors everywhere. A blend of Canadian and USA Retreat programs would be huge! Go Mikey Go! Fraserway RV has offered an RV for Mike and his wife and business partner, Bonnie to drive across the nation. Check in at: www.wrongwaytohope.com to find out when we will be coming to your town or city!
I am excited about broadening my young adult cancer awareness campaign in the months to come. With the help of www.owlydesign watch for my new branding campaign: Chasing Rainbows Young Adult Cancer Advocacy.
I have developed a “One Stop Shop: Mulitmedia Support Resources for Young Adults Living With Cancer” presentation which I presented at APOS (American Psychosocial Oncology Society) Conference in Anaheim, California in Feb 2011. It has been accepted by CAPO, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncologists, for their Conference in May 2011. Plus, Mike Lang and I will be presenting a screening of “Wrong Way To Hope” at CAPO as well. Yahoooo!
Since my last summer blog post: I traveled down to Austin Texas in November 2010 for the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance Conference to present “Chasing Rainbows-Young Adults Living With Cancer” in Spanish subtitles! Great response from the Latino community! Well worth the effort and expense. I also took one of www.jimmyteens.tv Flip cams to interview some of the young adult cancer survivors attending the conference. I met lots of new folks: Jeanette Ferguson from Joan’s Fund, (Head and Neck Oncology Research), Peter Laneas, spokesperson for The Canadian Testicular Cancer Association, Jeni Garner from www.Lovehopestrength.com and Debra Macki from www.YellowUmbrella.org . Ethon Zohn was a keynote speaker…got a pic with him! He is a terrific speaker with a big heart!
Of course I hooked up and partied with old pals like Jonny Imerman from Imerman’s angels, Lorna Larsen from Team Shan, Matthew Zachary from Iy and Eric Galvez from MASS Kickers…plus many more familiar faces, far too many to mention. Livestrong YAA is such a great way to meet all the young adults working together to strengthen the voice for the young adult survivor. I feel honoured to be part of this circle of energy!
Sara..you continue to be my inspiration. You, like Geoff Eaton at YACC and Matthew Zachary at iy, are one of the pioneers for the young adult cancer awareness voice that has definitely grown in size and magnitude since you were first diagnosed with cancer in Oct 1997. All three of you should be so proud! You wanted to make a difference and you have! Love you…miss you! Mom.
To be continued….
Love, Pat, the Mom.