On the season 18 finale of the Stupid Cancer Show, we are diving into the world of young adult chronic disease, be it cancer, type 1 diabetes, MS or, in this case, lupus. MarlaJan DeFusco, an ePatient lupus advocate, is the blogger behind Luck Fupus and joins us to discuss the day-to-day and long-term struggles of living with multiple chronic diseases. Survivor spotlight on Chris Nolze.
The Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition recently opened the first community-supported AYA oncology inpatient unit in the nation. Dr. Karen Albritton (Medical Director) and Justin Ozuna (Director of Communications and Community Engagement) join us to discuss this game-changing unit and unique young adult-related services provided. Survivor Spotlight on young adult Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor Erica Campbell.
Noah Wexler just finished his sophomore year in high school, he also happens to be a 6-year brain cancer survivor. Noah and his family join us to discuss how they dealt with Noah's diagnosis and GoaH NoaH, an annual walk to raise awareness of the need to find a cure for brain cancer. Survivor Spotlight on young adult cancer survivor Miguel Ramirez.
Dr. Theodora Ross is a leading researcher on cancer susceptibility genes, as well as a practitioner who specialized in treating breast cancer for more than a decade. She now cares for all types of patients who have a family history of cancer and is also a carrier of a cancer-causing mutation. Dr. Ross joins us to discuss her book "A Cancer In The Family" which mixes memoir and science. Survivor Spotlight on young adult breast cancer survivor Katie Campbell.
The Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) is a support and action group for young women in the San Francisco/Bay Area who are living with breast cancer. Joining us to discuss how BAYS provides support through monthly meetings, an online network and community-building events are Meaghan Calcari Campbell (President, BAYS) and Laurie Hessen Pomeranz (Marriage/Family Therapist). Survivor Spotlight on Pro Wakeboarder, adventurer, author and young adult cancer survivor Alexa Score.
Adam Baer is a Los Angeles-based writer, speaker and consultant whose recent op-ed "The Pressure to Say You're OK" has made waves. Adam joins us to discuss how we shouldn't have to pressure medical patients to "promise to fight and/or recover" and the fluidity of illness. Advocate Spotlight on oncology nurse and Founder/CEO of LumpyCards Lexi Timmons.
"Until 20" is a powerful new documentary that tells the inspirational true story of Texas native James Arthur Ragan, who lost his life to osteosarcoma in 2014 as a teenager. Joining us are award-winning journalists and documentary filmmakers Geraldine Moriba and Jamila Paksima to discuss the film project. Survivor Spotlight on Israeli singer-songwriter and young adult survivor Noa Bentor.
CancerCon improves patients lives and has changed the world. We are joined by first-timer attendee Danny Heinsohn who just celebrated his 10th year in remission from brain cancer by competing in Ironman Canada. He recently founded "My Hometown Heroes", a scholarship fund for young adult cancer survivors. Survivor Spotlight on young adult survivor and fellow CancerCon attendee Bryan Walker.
CancerCon has evolved over nine years to proudly become the largest global event serving the young adult cancer movement. The conference's speakers also reflect the best and the brightest that the industry has to offer. Join us as we welcome CancerCon Speaker Eric Cohen (RN, MS, OCN and Integrative Nutritionist) with our survivor spotlight on young adult survivor Jenny Morgenthaler.
"Be Here Now" is a documentary film following the inspiring life and times of the late actor Andy Whitfield (of Starz' Spartacus fame) and his wife Vashti Whitfield. Joining us to discuss the project are Vashti Whitfield and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lilibet Foster. Survivor Spotlight on young adult cervical cancer survivor Erin Skarda Ake.
We're shining a light on the New York Legal Assistance Group. Joining us will be Domna Antoniadis (Attorney, Legal Health) and Victoria Knight (Survivor) to discuss NYLAG's LegalHealth division which unites medical professionals and the law to improve the lives of clients and their families facing illness. Special guest host and advocacy spotlight Julie Larson, LCSW.
At the height of her career, as an Air Force Colonel and physicist Deanna Won was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was given one month to live. Deanna Joins us to discuss her strong passion for providing help to those who seek to heal in mind, body, and spirit and leading a life of purpose. Survivor spotlight on Hannah Klitsberg.
My Breast Choice is a lifestyle blog and YouTube series that uses humor and honest to explore the impact that a Breast Cancer diagnosis can have on a woman's body, mind and soul. We are joined by survivor/blogger Aniela McGuinness to share her story along with Elisabeth Finch (survivor/writer/essayist) as our survivor spotlight.
In this episode, we're shining a light on our partners at Love, Hope, Strength, the world's leading rock and roll cancer foundation that aims to "Save Lives, One Concert At A Time." How? By hosting on-site bone marrow drives at concerts and festivals across the globe. We're joined by Katie Poppert (VP of Programs) with young adult breast cancer survivor/blogger Chiara D'Agostino. as our spotlight.
The Orange Giraffe Project works in partnership with NYC-based hospitals, museums, art centers and jewelry designers to provide cancer patients and their families to create personalized jewelry. We're joined by Maggie Chang (Co-Founder/President), Stephanie Sheldon (Artist) and Jen Brown (Survivor) to discuss the charity's mission to empower those in need. Survivor Spotlight on Jackie Duvall-Smith.
We're shedding a spotlight on "Grappling for Life," a nonprofit providing FREE training in mixed martial arts to youth of Lake County, Florida. Founders David and Annie Iturrino join us to discuss how Annie's multiple cancer diagnoses led them to providing support to others to stay on the mats. Survivor Spotlight on young adult survivor Kaitlyn Keely.
On September 2nd, David Richman will begin a 5,000-mile bike tour of the United States in an effort to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Along his tour de orce he will meet with a variety of people who have been affected by cancer, to write a book. David joins us tonight to share what inspired his upcoming ride and what he hopes to accomplish with his "Cycle of Lives" project. Survivor Spotlight on author and young adult survivor Sophie van der Stap.
Johnny Physical Lives is the story of the secret world of two brothers making a rock n’ roll documentary as one goes through treatment for leukemia. When his younger brother Jonathan passes away in the midst of the production, older brother and first-time filmmaker, Joshua must finish the project on his own. Joining us to discuss Johnny Physical Lives are Joshua Neuman (Director) and Pete Lee (Editor and Producer).