The very first time I went to the SCCA to meet with my Oncologist, Dr Julie Gralow, in the Spring of 2018, I asked her point blank and anxious, what it is that she did for her patients “afterwards”.
With the impish grin of a parent hiding a circus-size lollipop behind her back, she responded …”About 20 yrs ago, I started a Foundation: It’s called Team Survivor NorthWest, and there, we scale activities and goals down to manageable and realistic standards for Survivors”.
Team Survivor provides activities, trainers and venues, something we’re able to do thanks to a small army of Volunteers and lots of Fundraising, which encourages our Survivors to not only live but also thrive. We did this because we realized that even as we could successfully eradicate cancer cells with the tools we currently have, the post game analysis would remain gloomy: more often than not, cancer cells would return. With Team Survivor, we’re now able to see how we can effect these odds and even turn them around”.
I’m paraphrasing, of course, since a lot of what’s happened to me in the last ten months is still all a blur and I don’t have any hard core analytics to add to this page, but the jest of it is that Dr Gralow and the Cancer Care Team at the SCCA continue to flit about me like benevolent Angels even as treatment did end earlier this year.
How refreshing, and unheard of.
Team Survivor NorthWest is already on task, helping me grow my own wings back. I was still in chemo when I did decide to be one of the Survivors to make it to the top of Mt Adams in August this year. This is a fundraiser, to see how many more Survivors “we” can inspire and fund’ forward and so my inner WonderWoman was immediately engaged, present fatigue be damned. The enthusiasm I have found in my new teammates is clearly infectious. This is quite possibly the crux of it: a collective leaning into the future, if not for ourselves, then for our children.
That's where you come in. If you're so inclined, I would be honored to have your support to help me reach my goal of $2500. Any amount helps! Thank you in advance.