Posts Tagged ‘chasing rainbows’


Hollywood or Bust!

July 30, 2009

“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.  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.


Photo post: Sunset Cruise at CAPO

April 29, 2009

Chasing Rainbows recently sponsored a performance by Michael Booth Palmer on a Sunset Cruise held during CAPO’s annual conference, which took place here in Vancouver this year. A good time was had by all! Here are some photos:


Uploading Young Adults’ Candid Cancer Conversations on YouTube

March 20, 2009

Sooooooo excited.  After attending the social media panel discussions on March 4 at the Women In Film Festival, I was pleased to have confirmed that if you have a YouTube video dream,  “take the risk,  work it, define it , then get it posted ASAP and once you are up and running, redesign it if necessary!”  YouTube, Twitter, web media sites are where little business and big business is happening.  This is the new media frontier.  So I am happy that Michael and I, designed it, shot it, edited it, added music to it and then took the risk to upload to YouTube our new Young Adults’ Candid Cancer Conversations – Parts One to Five).  We are all about facilitating the much needed support for the VOICE of young adult’s touched by cancer.  Hope this series helps service that goal.  Many thanks to our spokespeople so far: Peter M., Grace W., Andrea P. and our Sibling spokesperson, Graham M.    More to come.

Keep chasing those rainbows!



March09 – A fantastic Rainbow Month

March 9, 2009

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’ 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 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


Upcoming: Chasing Rainbows on RADIO and on SCREEN

February 17, 2009

March 2, 2009

9:00 – 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (6:00 pm in BC)

Chasing Rainbows’ producer/director Pat Taylor will be interviewed on “The Stupid Cancer Show”, a live, interactive social webcast giving voice to more than 1 million young adults affected by cancer. The show is hosted by Matthew Zachary, founder of the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. You can listen to “The Stupid Cancer Show” live online here.

Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living With Cancer

Dunbar Community Centre (4747 Dunbar St. at W. 31st)
March 5 2009, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Free Admission: all welcome! (Call 604-222-6060 to register)

Producer/director Pat Taylor hosts a screening of Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living With Cancer at the Dunbar Community Centre. The event includes a post-film discussion/Q&A with young adult cancer survivors Anna Peled and Vikram Bubber and BC Cancer Agency family counselor Sarah Sample, and live music by singer-songwriter (and Chasing Rainbows co-producer) Michael Booth Palmer.


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Welcome to the Chasing Rainbows blog…

November 30, 2008

We’re glad you found us!

This blog began as an offshoot of a film project, a documentary produced by Pat Taylor on behalf of her daughter Sara Taylor Gibson, called Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living With Cancer. The film’s official site is here, and you can see an 8-minute trailer below. Since Chasing Rainbows was released in 2007, Pat has screened it all over the world, and in the course of this work has gotten involved in  many other exciting projects within the young adult cancer community. She continues to blog about her endeavours here (scroll down for the latest news!).

8-minute trailer for Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living With Cancer:

If you’d like to see the full length (43 minutes) film, you can order a copy of the DVD by contacting: You can also watch it online (in sections) at JimmyteensTV, where it is available in English, with Spanish subtitles, or dubbed into French.


Chasing Rainbows…worldwide

November 26, 2008

The BC Cancer Foundation has made the Chasing Rainbows DVD available for sale online here, which – in theory – means that anyone with internet access, anywhere in the world, can get a copy. We were thrilled to receive a sales report in August that proves this is actually happening in practice! Here is the list of places from which the BC Cancer Foundation has received online orders for copies of Chasing Rainbows:

North Adelaide, South Australia
Vancouver, BC
Bonn, Germany
Burnaby, BC
Richmond, VA
Fresno, CA
Eugene, OR
Calgary, AB
St. Catharines, ON
Belleville, ON
Kingston, PA
Thunder Bay, ON
North Vancouver, BC
Bala, ON
Richmond, BC
Melbourne, Australia
Nanaimo, BC
Durham, NC
Mississauga, ON
Glen Ellen, CA
Deroche, BC
Kamloops, BC
Fredericton, NB
Washington, IN
West Montrose, ON
Toronto, ON
Sooke, BC
Moulton, AL
Winnipeg, MB
River Ridge, LA
Bowling Green, KY
Montreal, QC
Roseville, CA
Drumheller, AB
Rochester, NY
Victoria, BC
Gibsons, BC
Chapel Hill, NC
Kfar-saba, Israel

Pretty cool, no? (Huge thanks as usual to the BCCF for making this possible.)


Photo Post: Cross-Canada Spring Tour 2008

October 31, 2008

Here at long last are some photos from our travels across Canada this past spring. You can see from the big smiles on Pat’s and Michael’s faces how much fun they had meeting everyone! Click on the photos to see bigger versions…

Apologies to those whose names we have temporarily misplaced. We hope you don’t mind being identified as “friend”, and please feel free to correct us in the comments so we can fix our captions.


Cross-Canada Tour 2008: The Re-Cap

August 11, 2008

The Chasing Rainbows Cross Canada Tour 2008
Screening & Discussion Events
in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax
April 21 to May10, 2008

Wow! What an amazing experience! Our Chasing Rainbows Cross-Canada Tour was a huge success, thanks to the commitment and dedication shown by our hosts in each city, and by young adult cancer survivors who spoke at each of the presentations.

Personally, I am thrilled that the tour fulfilled three of my daughter Sara’s goals for the film:

1) To let young adults diagnosed with cancer know that they are not alone;

2) To spread the word that that the Chasing Rainbows DVD, produced to address the specific needs of young adults diagnosed with cancer, IS a useful resource and is available to them throughout British Columbia, across Canada (“…and the United States, and Mom, if you have time – Europe too.”); and

3) To encourage young adults with cancer to speak up for themselves, using the film as vehicle and framework for discussion and advocacy. “We are the experts!” said Sara.

Words cannot adequately express the pure joy and inspiration co-producer/performer Michael Booth Palmer and I felt, as we met and worked with the 13 young adults who spoke at the screenings. Some had never told their personal stories in front of a public audience before. All were confident, articulate and generous, and each offered a unique perspective on the issues that arise from diagnosis and continue throughout treatment and the ongoing physical, emotional and financial aftermath.

In-house promotion for all of the screenings was terrific – thanks to everyone who forwarded e-mails, put up posters, invited friends and colleagues and generally helped us get the word out! We also managed to get some media exposure: in Calgary and Winnipeg we were delighted to do live interviews on CTV, and local and university newspapers also covered us in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal (links to articles on our website: Finally, at CAPO (Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncologists)’s annual conference in Halifax, we shamelessly self promoted our screening and were pleased to have 30 attend…quite a good number for CAPO, I have been told. Overall, audiences varied in size at each venue, but the enthusiasm was consistent. One or one hundred and one…it was all worthwhile!

In the course of the screenings and the discussions with young adults, other audience members and support people that accompanied each presentation, Michael and I made several observations (many of which, I’m sure, will be familiar to those who work on behalf of young adults with cancer across Canada).

Overall, it was clear to us that the concerns of young adults with cancer are the same across the country: isolation, infertility, sexuality, independence, finances, family and intimate relationships, physical and emotional scars, fear, faith, hope and the future. More specifically, the following issues and questions were brought up consistently:

o Being robbed of the years to “work up a resume” creates challenges for both young adult cancer survivors and childhood cancer young adult survivors. Questions of self disclosure were brought up, with respect to both personal and professional situations. When do you tell someone you have or had cancer? How do you deal with finding and/or holding a job while dealing with treatment and recovery? What happens if you face a change in your long term career choices due to on going treatment or physical or cognitive impairments?

o Young adults ages 18 to 35 expressed their desire to have the right or option to freeze eggs/sperm in case treatment led to fertility problems.

o Childhood cancer survivors highlighted the physical challenges that they face as they move into adulthood: their shorter stature and often young-sounding voices place them in a state of adolescent limbo.

o Earlier detection is needed: how can we educate our general practitioners/ family doctors and clinic doctors about young adult cancer symptoms and treatments?

o Financial and health insurance issues are of ongoing concern.

o Young mothers and fathers want childcare options at treatment centres.

o Young adults, their families, friends and medical teams need more resources to help them understand how to support those they love. All of the young adult speakers were grateful for the support groups that already exist. How do we get the word out more effectively that these groups are available? High schools, colleges, universities?

o Creating and maintaining support groups at Wellness Centres and Hospitals for young adults is an ongoing challenge. I cannot speak on the funding issues surrounding young adult support groups in the various cities, but I can say our hosts have done incredible work in addressing this concern and continue to come up with creative and innovative plans to provide the support that the young adults need now, and the long term care they will need in the future.

Michael and I were so pleased to note that Chasing Rainbows was equally well received by young adult cancer survivors and childhood cancer young adult survivors. Both groups felt the film highlighted most of their major concerns.

The Chasing Rainbows 2008 Cross-Canada Tour was made possible by the wonderful hosts who invited us to come to their Hospitals and/or Wellness Centres in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax (Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey and Kelowna, B.C. were hosts in Spring 2007), and who – in spite of their own incredibly busy work schedules – welcomed us warmly and facilitated all of our logistical, technical and emotional needs to make the screenings successful. These people are committed to raising awareness of the unique needs of young adults living with cancer, not only among young adult patients themselves but also among families, friends, the medical professionals who treat and support young adult cancer patients, and the general public. In order of the Tour dates, Michael and I thank you all…those front and centre and those behind the scenes…family, friends, young adults, and staff:

Wellspring Calgary: Patti Harris (host), Andrea Palmer (young adult speaker), Ian White (CTV reporter), Robyn Reed (CTV producer)

Cancer Care Manitoba: Megan McLeod (host), Jill Cannon and Karalee Grant (young adult speakers), Ashlyn Vandenberghe (CTV young adult interviewee), Young Adults Kick Cancer

Wellspring Toronto: Ayala Beck (host)
1) Odette House: Claire Edmonds (host), Grace Wright (young adult speaker)
2) Sunnybrook House: Dawn Wasylow (host), Grace Wright (young adult speaker)
3) Oakville, Halton Peel: Gabrielle Pitt (host), Audience guests (speakers)

Princess Margaret Hospital:
Norma D’Agostino (host), Lisa Kramer and Jessica Riesz (young adult speakers)

Gilda’s Club – STEP : Amy Plaint and Norma (hosts), Peter Mazereeuw (young adult speaker)

Ottawa Hospital Care Centre: Linda Corsini (host), Serge Carriere, Laura Hinsperger and Mari Newman (young adult speakers), Connextions 18-35

The Jewish Hospital Hope and Cope Wellness Centre: Suzanne O’Brien (host), Kira Barrett (young adult speaker)

CAPO 2008 Conference: Shali Manuel (host)

Throughout the Tour:
Geoff Eaton and Lesley Kean at Young Adult Cancer Canada (RealTime Cancer) for contacts and support; Buff Allen for updating the Chasing Rainbows website.

We have more provinces to visit here in Canada, and next we are on to the United States. Please stay in touch via our web site and blog, and let us know how your own journeys are going!

Forever Chasing Rainbows,
Pat Taylor