Wow! Today, on Sara’s behalf , I entered the Jon Bon Jovi/ET Canada “Circle of Change” contest being held by Global TV. Before she died Sara asked me to make sure that her film resource, “Chasing Rainbows-Young Adults Living With Cancer, was distributed “throughout B.C., across Canada, the USA and “Mom” if you have time, Europe.” If I ever feel sad or wonder as to what I am to do next, Sara sends me a rainbow or a message to let me know that she is still with on this journey with me. So it didn’t surprise me that I was watching ET Canada and saw the Jon Bon Jovi “Circle of Change” contest. Bon Jovi was Sara’s favourite band in the 80s. And, they were asking people, “what are you doing to make change in the world? ” Good grief! Sara knew that I would know that she would expect me to enter the contest. So I did. The $10,000 prize money goes to your favourite charity. I know Sara would want the money to promote young adult cancer awareness programs around the world. And, under her guidance and direction, I am continue to work to make her dream come true.
As of April 2010, I have either screened or distributed the film in B.C., Canada, and the USA. Chasing Rainbows” is now translated into French and it is having its French World Premiere Screening in Quebec City at the IPOS/CAPO Conference on May 27th.
This Spring I have been asked to attend the Teenage Cancer Trust and Young Adult Cancer Conference in London, England…so Europe here we come.
Today I received an email from a woman from India, who I met at the Control Cancer, Go Public Conference in Ottawa last year, who is in the process of translating “Chasing Rainbows” into the Marathi and Hindi languages.
April 9 and 17th, we held two House Concerts, with solo gutarist, Ed Henderson, for National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week…one in Vancouver and one in Whistler, B.C. I handed out “Cancer Sucks” stickers and iy Stupid Cancer.com bracelets. (Photos to come).
I have been asked to attend “Fostering Cancer Survivorship Research in Canada: Building Capacity through a Research Consortium” workshop at UBC next week. They wanted a young adult cancer advocate and a caregiver perspective represented at this meeting. I will be there.
These are all exciting opportunities to advocate for young adult cancer awareness. And, until Sara tells me differently, I will continue to “change the world” on her behalf.
More to come…
Still, Chasing Rainbows,
Wow Blog Readers:
I Chased Rainbows out to Ottawa, Ontario Sept 23 for the Go Public, Control Cancer Global Leadershop Conference where I found out that getting “Chasing Rainbows” transcribed into as many Global languages possible is one of my new goals. The French Versioning is now finished. Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Malay, Italian are the next to come. It is already in Dutch subtitles. So much more to do!
Three more Screenings in Hamilton, Ontario came next on Sept 29 at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and at the Movie Palace Theatre, hosted by Wellwood in celebration of their new Women’s Young Adult Support group! I met some wonderful new young adult cancer survivors who joined me at our presentations as quest speakers! I love that part!
Next, I flew down to Austin, Texas for the LiveStrong Young Adult Alliance Conference for Nov 11-13th. Fun! Fun! Fun! Tons more of young adult survivors, great networking opportunity with USA young adult groups and Australia. Met Drew from “BlameDrew’s Cancer”, and Adam Garone, founder of Movember and Jack Bouffard from the Stupid Cancer Show. Matthew Zachary was there, too. Lorna of Team Shan, and Pam of Ali’s Journey and Bill from Testicular Cancer Canada were the other Canadian’s there. Energy, ideas and inspiration! Great trip!
CAPO is next in May 2010. Bottom Line: Still much to do to support the young adult voice for cancer. I am so grateful I can still continue to make Sara’s dream come true! Love her, miss her, wish she was here! I will keep Chasing Rainbows until the work is done! Bye for now! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Pat
“Chasing Rainbows” is off to Hollywood to be screened on August 6 at the West Hollywood International Film Festival in L.A. at the Regency Theatre at 4:55 PM. www.whiff2008.com Wow! Sara gets to go to Hollywood! She must be smiling over this one. I am excited to be making our American Film debut in Hollywood. Not only am I able to meet one more of Sara’s goal for her film, but I can do it in the city where the “stars come out to play!” Maybe some of them will turn up to see the f ilm.
Other news: I will be attending the “Go Public-Global Leadership Forum to Control Cancer” in Ottawa from Sept 23 to 27th. Then I will be moving on to Hamilton, Ontario to Wellwood and the Jurainski Cancer Centre for two Film Screenings and Presentations on Sept 29/09. In November 12/13 I plan to attend the LiveStrong Young Adult Alliance conference in Austin, Texas! All three of these events will allow me to interact with lots of young adult cancer survivors and I always enjoy that aspect of these tours. SO I am Still, Chasing Rainbows…wherever Sara takes me.