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Tess Blasko Talks About CancerCon 2019

Champagne, Tess, Hannah and Sam

A Letter of Thanks from Tess Blasko

I’d first like to start this letter to say how thankful I am to be able to be apart of the Elephants and Tea herd and how thankful I am to have been able to attend CancerCon [courtesy of the SGAYA Foundation] in Denver this year. I was surrounded by a group of bad asses who have been affected by the demon we all know, Cancer. It truly was a pleasure to travel with you all and to experience this amazing convention once again. I will forever be grateful for everything you guys have done not only for me, but also for many other patients/survivors. Keep doing great things!

 

 

 

 

 

A little explanation on CancerCon-

Have you ever felt like you were drowning and trying to come up for breaths of air in a panic of what is happening? Imagine that and even be surrounded by people watching you while you are sinking and just yelling out encouraging words in hope to help you stop drowning. They do not understand the struggle and how hard it is to catch your breath when you suffocating under the pressure of the “water”. I feel this way, yet I am not drowning… I am just living the life of a cancer survivor. I am trying to find my place and trying to get a grasp on this whole life after cancer that I thought was going to be such a simple task. I mean I lived a life without cancer before right? So it should be no problem getting back to that life, correct? Wrong… very wrong.  “You’re healthy” “you’re alive” “don’t dwell on the past”.  It is easy for those around you to express those words if you are struggling, but they truly just do not get it. I am healthy, but I am constantly feeling around my body to find something wrong. I am alive, but I was so close to death. I dwell on the past because it was traumatizing and the future also scares the crap out of me. I am drowning. CancerCon becomes the hand that pulls me up while my lungs are filling up with water and I am fighting to breathe. Before attending CancerCon I have never felt more alive and comfortable in my entire life. Being at CancerCon I am surrounded by badass individuals, like myself, who understand all the emotions that I am feeling. This convention puts into perspective that, if you had/have cancer, you truly are not alone and you have an army of individuals in your corner. CancerCon will forever impact me in the most positive ways and having the opportunity to attend is truly a blessing. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – AND HELP US -TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANCER


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!!!

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?

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!

TALBOTS AND STEVEN G WORK TOGETHER-COME CHECK US OUT!

TALBOTS TO CONTRIBUTE 10% OF YOUR PURCHASE TO SGAYA CANCER FUND!!!

JOIN US ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2016

5 PM TO 8 PM

Where?

TALBOTS WOMEN’S CLOTHIERS 

140 MAIN STREET

CROCKER PARK

WESTLAKE, OHIO 44145

Help us

fight

conquer

cure cancer!!

 

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CANCERCON 2016 – BY DAN DEAN

CancerCon is a set of two paradoxes:

the conference operates likes a living,

breathing pair of theater masks

and you talk more than normal,

but need fewer words to do so.

If you’re not familiar with it, CancerCon is a three-day cancer jam held in Denver, bringing together over 600 adolescent and young adult (AYA) fighters and survivors from around the country to attend seminars and network with those who share their same diagnosis. The hallways, breakout rooms and lobby buzz with the sounds of old friends catching up and new ones forming bonds that circumvent time and geography.

At times, the conference can feel overwhelming: connections are being made and rekindled, helpful information and stories are swapped between patients and survivors, attendees are dealing with aspects of their recovery for the first time, while also finding the community and resources to continue their healing. Emotions run high and deep.

Through every encounter, whether shared in joy or sadness, is a sense of relief. For the first time, many patients and survivors don’t have to give their 15-minute cancer back story. There’s not the urge or need to explain their journey that people on the outside don’t quite understand. Over time, cancer fighters and survivors become practiced storytellers, explaining gaps in employment and dating and taking outsiders on a CliffsNotes tour of their treatment and recovery.

In that sense, AYAs can feel alone, separated from their peer group and friends at home. When social dynamics change so starkly into the ascension of adulthood, throwing a cancer diagnosis in the mix can feel isolating and confusing. The same challenges that cause a person to feel alienated in one circle are embraced and accepted at CancerCon. No longer is the cancer preamble needed.

Instead, patients and survivors jump into deep conversations right away, much in the same way two old friends catch up instantaneously. About midway through a conversation you realize how amazing it is to form a bond with someone you met only 20 minutes ago who lives seven states away.

There’s no way to neatly encapsulate the range of emotions at CancerCon. It’s unique to both laugh and cry about the same experience. When you say the three words, “I had cancer,” everyone gets you. And those things are worth the trip to Denver.

Dan Dean

May 25th, 2016

Dan is an actor, writer, advocate, survivor and we are lucky to have him as a board member.

You can check out his blog at: http://www.cancer-youngadult.org

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LET’S SAVE A LIFE – BMT DRIVE APRIL 17TH

Hello friends,

Most of you are familiar with Steve’s journey through cancer and the fact that he had a LIFE SAVING BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT. And many of you did register with the Be The Match Foundation in hopes of helping Steven.

BUT SOME OF YOU DIDN’T….PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO YOUNG or too busy…

SO IF YOU ARE 18 – 44 YEARS OLD… HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAVE A LIFE!!!

Our friend Joanne Filina was first diagnosed at 35 years old with Leukemia. She went into remission but it came back a second time. She is in remission again. BUT her doctors are telling her that it might come back again…and soon.

PRETTY FRIGHTENING DON’T YOU THINK?

So here is your chance to help her and others like Joanne.

JOIN THE REGISTRY.

IF YOU ARE A MATCH YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY TELEPHONE.

IF YOU ARE CONTACTED…PLEASE SAY YES TO BEING FURTHER TESTED.

AND THEN IF YOU ARE STILL A MATCH YOU JUST MIGHT GET THE CHANCE TO SAVE A LIFE.

YOU WILL BE INCONVENIENCED FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. AND THAT’S IT!!!

IF YOU NEED MORE CONVINCING TO HELP OUT…THEN HERE IS A QUOTE FROM STEVEN’S DONOR:

“I am honored to have an opportunity to help save a life. When I was first notified that I was a match I didn’t tell anyone until it was confirmed I am a match for someone in need. 

So I mentioned it to my wife…she didn’t hesitate for a moment. I am a parent just like you with three boys… and I couldn’t imagine someone turning down a boy with a full life in front of him….Please know this, you, your husband and your son Steven do not owe me a single thing no even a debt of gratitude, what I did was for myself, and the act in itself was self gratifying. I think you all are great people, and if anything, it is I who owes you and not the other way around. Please keep doing what you are doing in helping other cancer patients and may God help and Bless you. 

With warm regards,  A…..” [Note from Angie: I am maintaining our donor’s anonymity because I did not ask him if I could share this message on the website.]

SO JOIN US 

SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2016 – NOON – 4:00 PM

ST. DEMETRIOS CULTURAL CENTER – FELLOWSHIP ROOM

22909 CENTER RIDGE ROAD

ROCKY RIVER, OHIO 44116

THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR “BE THE MATCH”

REFRESHMENTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE.

QUESTIONS:

CONTACT ANGIE: Angie@fightconquercure.com

OR TONYA DAVIS

tdavis2@nmdp.org

for more information

or to make a donation visit:

http:www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/jojofilina

or to download more information

Joanne Filina Event Flier (1)2016 FAQ and Responses

 

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