Posts Tagged ‘screenings’

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Meeting The Goals Set By Sara

August 30, 2010

Greetings Blog Readers…so happy you found us.  Here is the latest bits of news Ihave to share.

Before my daughter, Sara, died from cancer at age 26 she asked me to distribute our documentary, Chasing Rainbows-Young Adults Living With Cancer, throughout British Columbia, across Canada, the USA and, Mom, if you have time, Europe.  That was in the Spring of 2000.  Here it is 2010 and I am so pleased to announce that I am getting to the place where I can say…”Sara, I have met those goals.”    By attending the IPOS/CAPO Conference in Quebec City, Canada and the Teenage Cancer Trust and Young Adult Conference in London, England in June of this year, I have now not only provided this valuable resource in English, but also in French, to willing psychosocial oncologists from Canada, Australia, France, England, Scotland, Romania, Italy and Sweden.

At IPOS/CAPO in Quebec City, a wonderful young adult cancer survivor, Karin DuBois, spoke in french at the Premier French Screening for Chasing Rainbows.  Also, Dr. Martine Hoffman, from Luxemburg  joined us.  They both speak french fluently.  I proudly introduced the film in my limited french.  I was glad for their fluency during the Q and A part of the presentation.

In Quebec I met Katie Rzvi who runs www.thelittlepeople.ro in Romania.  Check it out!  Also, at the TCT Conference, I met Natalya Jagger, who runs www.btbuddies.org.uk for brain tumour survivors.

At the TCT Conference, I also met with Mark Wilkinson from www.jimmyteenstv.com who has created an amazing website for teens and young adults touched by cancer.  He has agreed to upload the “Chasing Rainbows” DVD in its 43 minute format as well Chapter increments onto the site.  We hope to have the upload completed by September 2010.  It will mean young adults, their families, friends and the medical professionals who care for them can access the whole film on the internet.  Wow!  That will definitely fullfill Sara’s distribution dream for the film for Europe…and around the world.  I will keep you posted.

I met, Myrna Whiteson, the founder of the TCT at the Conference. www.teenagecancertrust.org TCT is putting teenage/young adult Units into hospitals throughout the UK.   These Units are amazing!  A floor or ward dedicated to teens and young adults only…their own entertainment room with videos, films and a pool table, plus a food kiosk that offers choices other than regular hospital food.  The staff is trained on how to communicate and care for these young people and their specific needs.  I hope this Unit idea can come to Canada sooner than later.

I also got to meet at the TCT Conference, the author of “Cancer in Young Adults Through Parents’ Eyes”,  Anne Grinyer.  I highly recommend her book.  It is terrific resource for young adult cancer awareness.

What is next for me?  Getting “Chasing Rainbows” translated into Spanish, Italian, Romanian, German,  Hindi, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, etc. is the goal I am continuing to work on.   I will be attending the LiveStrong Young Adult Alliance Conference in Austin, Texas on Nov 3-5th  again this Fall.  To have the film translated in Spanish by then would be fantastic!   I love this conference…run by so many young adult cancer survivors…who also love to go dancing into the wee hours at the fabulous music clubs in Austin.

So, my dear daughter, Sara…I know you are smiling.  Other young adults living with cancer are being seen heard more than the were in 1997 when you were first diagnosed.  Your dream for making young adults with cancer feel less isolated and alone is coming true!  Way to go!   I will continue to do what needs to be done!  Love, Mom.

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Photo Post: Ottawa and Hamilton, September 2009

November 26, 2009
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Ottawa, Hamilton, Ontario and Austin, Texas

November 24, 2009

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

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Photo Post: Sara Goes To Hollywood

September 29, 2009
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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.  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.

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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’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

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Upcoming: Chasing Rainbows on RADIO and on SCREEN

February 17, 2009

CHASING RAINBOWS ON THE RADIO
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.

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FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
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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