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JOIN US ON

SATURDAY

JANUARY 26, 2019

AS WE

TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANCER!

7:00 – 11:30 pm

St. Demetrios Cultural Center

22909 Center Ridge Road

Rocky River, Ohio 44116

TICKETS ARE $45

TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR MAKE A DONATION

https://sgayafund2019.eventbrite.com/

THIS YEAR WE WILL HAVE A PHOTO BOOTH!!! SGAYA_10thAnnual_DonorForm_Editable

and food and beverages, music, raffles, auctions, fun!

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO OUR 

RESEARCH, PATIENT EDUCATION, SOCIAL SUPPORT AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS.

 

Thankfulness and Gratitude – OUR TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY

HELLO FRIENDS

I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOVEMBER

THANKSGIVING IS NEXT WEEK,

AND IN TWO MONTHS WE WILL BE HOSTING OUR TENTH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER.

THE LAST TEN YEARS HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH GREATNESS AND SORROW.

DESPITE THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES AND DEAR FRIENDS

WE REMAIN RESOLUTE IN PROCLAIMING OUR DEEPEST THANKS TO ALL OF YOU.

HENCE A NEED TO CELEBRATE ALL OF YOU

AND TO

CELEBRATE LIFE!

I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US

AS WE

TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANCER

Saturday, January 26, 2019

7:00 – 11:30 pm.

admission: $45

St. Demetrios Cultural Center

22909 Center Ridge Road

Rocky River, Ohio 44116

for more information contact:

angie@fightconquercure.com

or visit our website www.fightconquercure.org

to purchase your tickets or make a donation.

All funds raised go directly to our many programs –

Wellness, Social Support, Education and Research.

We are all volunteers!

WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL THERE IS A CURE

FIGHT CONQUER CURE!!!

Summer is Gone!!!

This has been a busy summer!

Check out our photographs and see what we have been up to!!!

Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advocacy

Hard At Work in Washington DC

Our GO FUND ME Page on Facebook

has generated $1470 to support the distribution

of Wellness Bags to AYA Cancer Patients!

Thank you for your generosity!

 

The Angie Fowler AYA Cancer Institute granted us $7500 to increase the distribution of our Be Calm & Stay Strong Wellness gift bags. We look forward to reaching out to more AYA Cancer Medical Facilities to help and support young cancer patients during their treatment.

and last but not least…

 SAVE THE DATE!!!!

TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANCER FUNDRAISER

WILL BE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019!!!

HELP OUR Be Calm & Stay Strong Wellness Gift Bags

Hello folks –

We need your help. Due the popularity of our Wellness Gift Bags to AYA Cancer Patients – our funds are gone – we are now dipping into our research and education funds in order to bring hope and peace to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

If you donate $125 or more your name will be mentioned as the Wellness Bag donor! Don’t have that kind of money? Well get a group of friends together and make it happen. All you need to do is include the group members names in your message to me.

Remember – no gift is too small. Every dollar helps!!

We humbly thank you for your generosity.

And – here is the GoFundMe Link: https://www.gofundme.com/aya-cancer-patient-wellness-bags

Sincerely,

Angie

PS – PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU need more information about the BE CALM & STAY STRONG WELLNESS PROGRAM?

 

YA CANCER SURVIVORS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS & A BIG THANK YOU

We thought it would be nice to hear from some of the individuals we supported this year. In April a group of NE Ohio YA Cancer Survivors received scholarships to attend CancerCon (a conference dedicated to providing social support to YA Cancer Warriors).

Note: You will see photos of survivors, caregivers, family and friends – but Foundation Funding was strictly used for the six NE Ohioans: Tess Blasko, Jennifer Anand, Margaux Yerian, Samantha Krizo, Christopher Evans, and Peter Citro.

Here are some comments and reflections on cancer, CancerCon, and the Steven G Foundation.

 

“Dear Steven G Foundation,

On a daily basis, I’m reminded of the “bad” things cancer has done- from being on insulin, to aches and pains, to the various medications- sometimes it can be really tough. But then comes Cancer Con.  This weekend is about celebrating cancer. As weird as it sounds, that is your golden ticket into this exclusive conference.  We are celebrating the monster that brought us together.  From all over the United States and Canada, with a few other friends thrown in. For a few days, we get to be pampered by the makeover artists, get a chair massage, score some free swag from exhibitors, and dance the night away,  We get to forget our reality at home.  We get to not have to explain our tiredness, or our diets or our hair. We get not to have to explain our billion bathroom breaks. We get not to have to explain our weird cravings or sudden dizziness. That’s what this is about.  People who get it, without saying a word.  People who get the 3am moments alone, or the strained friendships, or the self-doubt and self-judgement. We are surviving, and thriving, and out living it.

Every year, this conference is what gives me the renewed strength, hope, and comfort to continue for another year.  It refreshes my soul, and lifts my spirits.  I leave with new friends, and a renewed sense of togetherness and hope for a brighter future that is cancer free.  Thank you so much for enabling me to go to this amazing conference. ”

Sincerely, Jennifer Anand

Dear Steven G Foundation,

“To start this off I just want to express how amazing this foundation is and how it has helped me in ways I didn’t think were possible. Through the Steven G foundation I got an opportunity to attend CancerCon 2018 in Denver, Colorado. When I first heard about CancerCon I was going through treatments in 2017 and it instantly caught my interest.  I just imagined being surrounded by so many different people who understood everything I was going through and I knew I had to go. When I arrived at CancerCon it felt like I was finally able to breath. I wasn’t constantly trapped in my mind thinking about my emotions and the trauma that I have just endured. I wasn’t self conscious about my hair being short and I wasn’t uncomfortable to show my scars. I was at this busy convention completely myself in a room full of strangers but there was a sense of calm when I looked around because we were all just connected and comfortable with each other. Cancer is so ugly in a lot of the things it brings. The side effects from the medicines, the losses, the emotional damage, and it changes your questions of life. The one thing is not ugly from cancer is the people that that this disease brought into my life. They have impacted me in a way that is indescribable. Being able to meet more amazing people at CancerCon and hearing all the different stories just jump started my new view on life and pushed me to better myself in every way possible. I didn’t fully understand how much I needed the weekend in Denver until I arrived. Not only was the whole convention amazing, I was able to explore Denver and I fell in love! It’s such a beautiful place and . I am so excited to let the relationships that I made with people grow and I cannot wait until CancerCon 2019! I defiantly would like to return again

Again thank you so much for everything this foundation has done for me. You truly helped changed a part of my life and I will forever be grateful for that!”

-Tess Blasko

 

“If there is anything that I can do to help your foundation in anyway I would love to help you guys out as much as you helped me.”

Samantha Krizo

We love our Caregivers!

fight. conquer. cure.

 

 

AYA? What does THAT mean?

AYA?


YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHY ON EARTH I AM ASKING SUCH A QUESTION.

WHAT IS AYA?

IS THE WORD PRONOUNCED “AHYA”? …NOPE.

AYA MEANS FOR ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT. 

AYA REPRESENTS A POPULATION OF INDIVIDUALS FROM 15 YRS TO 40 YRS OLD.

AYA CANCER REPRESENTS A POPULATION OF INDIVIDUALS STRICKEN WITH A TYPE OF CANCER THAT IS OFTEN VERY AGGRESSIVE, LIFE THREATENING AND LIFE ALTERING.

AYA CANCER REPRESENTS 70,000 YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE DIAGNOSED EVERY YEAR HERE IN THE USA! 

AYA CANCER OFTEN MEANS THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE GET THE RAREST CANCERS AND THE MOST DIFFICULT TO TREAT AND CURE.

AYA CANCER SURVIVORS OFTEN ARE AFFLICTED WITH SECONDARY EFFECTS THAT WILL ALTER THE COURSE OF THEIR LIFE AND PRODUCTIVITY IN OUR SOCIETY.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!

SUPPORT OUR FOUNDATION!

AS WE REACH OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY

AND HELP OUR YOUNG WARRIORS THROUGH

EDUCATION, ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH!

-REMEMBER-

WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL THERE IS A CURE!

FIGHT!

CONQUER!

CURE!!!

 

PS.

THIS WEEK IS AYA CANCER AWARENESS WEEK.

#FIGHTCONQUERCURE

 

Giving Thanks

It’s hard to believe that November is around the corner. And, like many of you, our family will join together to give thanks for all that is good in the world.

Faith, Family, Friends.

So much to be thankful for.

Please allow me to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

May you be blessed with love and peace.

“May You Live This Day

Compassionate of Heart,

Clear in Word,

Gracious in Awareness,

Courageous in Thought,

Generous in Love.”

From the poem “Matins” By John O’Donohue (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

A Slippery Slope Indeed – Reflections on Survivorship

A Slippery Slope Indeed

by Dan Dean

 

Dan & Amelia

At this year’s CancerCon in April—a national cancer conference for adolescents andyoung adults—I co-presented with Amelia Baffa and Dr. Jennifer Giesel a talk on the mental health challenges many cancer patients and survivors experience and the ways to treat them—TheSlippery Slope of Survivorship. Both Ameila and Jenn support the adolescent and young adult cancer population at University Hospitals with psychosocial care. Our presentation reminded me of a time early in my survivorship experience, two or three months after treatment ended in 2003.Several well-meaning friends suggested I see a therapist to help make sense of this intense, life-altering experience. In my family, therapy wasn’t necessarily stigmatized, but no one in my family used it before either, aside maybe from consulting our family priest. And so I didn’t really consider it as a tool, unless things got really bad.
I ended up working through all of challenges in survivorship without any kind of professional help. I read tons of books, tried different approaches to living in my new normal, and consulted with close friends and family about how to make sense of things. I did a lot of the heavy lifting in the three years after treatment ended and largely came out okay. But I was fortunate in that my biggest supporters—my mom and brother (and dog Lady)—did as much as they could to support my study in self-care and recovery. Close friends augmented their support and I leaned heavily upon them to get through.
Looking back, I realize that without them, I could have developed depression or PTSD or any number of ailments of the mind. Back then, I didn’t know the terms and what they meant, but I can see how my support systems’ unwavering commitment to my recovery more or less kept me on track and clear of more serious issues.
Not everyone is as lucky as I was. What I learned from Amelia and Jenn is how professional therapy, the way an individual processes cancer, and a support system all work together; my recovery leaned toward the latter two. For other people, that metric can be different; some many not have access to a professional or a support system, left on their own to figure things out.
Now that I am 14 years out from my cancer experience, I recommend the value of professional psychosocial support, even though my path was more solitary and self-guided. There are plenty of opportunities to take the baton a therapist hands off to you and wrestle with those challenges on your own.
The two therapies I wished I had that could have sped along parts of my recovery were 1) diaphragmic breathing and 2) using a thought log. Diaphragmic breathing is a great deep breathing technique that slows the mind down and calms a person’s physiology so they can actually do therapeutic work. Thought logs are a step-by-step way to break down recurrent, unhelpful thought patterns by challenging the assumptions behind them. They’re helpful not just for cancer patients, but anyone dealing with day-to-day life stress. (to download both tools, visit www.m-powerment.org/cancercon)
There’s no exact method a person can use to find their way from the end of treatment and into their new normal. The keys, in my opinion, to make it through are keeping on the path toward the new normal—even though it may take you down many side streets you don’t necessarily want to settle on—and not going at it alone.
I certainly tried many approaches and there were some I discarded early on and others that have stayed with me well beyond those initial weeks and months into survivorship. But as I engaged in an extended time of trial and error with all of those therapies, it was the constant support of my family and close friends that kept me on the path and into the life I enjoy today.

 

Dan Dean is a 13-year survivor of stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Recognizing that few resources exist geared specifically toward men affected by cancer, Dan founded M Powerment to bring men of all ages together to lead amazing, impactful lives after a cancer diagnosis. A lifelong Cleveland sports fan, Dan also plays basketball, kayaks, hikes, and likes to go trail running.

Dan is also a SGAYA Board Member.

The website for the therapies presented at CancerCon 2017 is www.m-powerment.org/cancercon

Dan’s professional sites: www.dan-dean.com and www.m-powerment.org

Lou G., Pat T., & Angie

NE Ohio Cancer Warriors and Friends

Here are some photos from this year’s #CANCERCON 2017 event. Many thanks to our donors who support the Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund. This year you sent six cancer survivors to Stupid Cancer’s CANCERCON conference in Denver! FIGHT! CONQUER!! CURE!!!

Alex & Jennifer A.

Bryan, Kim & Steven

Amelia, Angie, & Jennifer

JOIN IN THE MARCH MADNESS FUN and HELP RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER

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It’s THAT time of year!

You are personally invited to play a bracket supporting

Childhood Cancer Research!

This year The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund and Win It Together have joined forces…

because let’s face it

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!!!

Put your college hoop skills to the test by playing a bracket (or two) with us. $10 to play (per bracket). Bracket picks will start Selection Sunday (March 12th) and need to be in by the start of the tournament games (March 14th) by noon.

Grand Prize is $300

Second Prize is $150

Third Prize is $50

GET NOTIFIED WHEN BRACKETS ARE OPEN BY

Visiting  winittogether.org

So Sign Up and Play!

You can pay online, or if you prefer, mail your check made payable to the Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund and mail to 1269 Overlook Road, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. The site will go live on the evening of SELECTION SUNDAY when you’ll be able to make your bracket selections.

As always, we appreciate your continued support as we

FIGHT!

CONQUER!!

CURE!!!

CANCER

 

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MOONSHOT 2017: TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANCER

HELLO FOLKS,

JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER

THAT OUR

TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANCER FUNDRAISER

IS LESS

THAN

TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!

SO VISIT OUR WEBSITE  (AND CLICK ON EVENTS) TO ORDER TO YOUR TICKETS ON-LINE!

HERE ARE SOME OF THE ITEMS UP FOR SILENT AUCTION

RESORT VACATIONS

GOLF OUTINGS

PRIME INDIAN TICKETS

PRIME CAVS TICKETS

CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE TICKETS

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA TICKETS

TITO’S VODKA GIFT BASKET

JEWLERY

CHINCHILLA SCARF

ART

LADIES CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

CAVS MEMORABILIA

ROMANTIC DINNERS

BOWLING PARTIES

BASKETS GALORE!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

 

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REMEMBER

WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL THERE IS A CURE

FIGHT CONQUER CURE!!!