Featured MassKicker

Anne Chen

Seek information. Know what you are up against and fight like hell.

Anne Chen is the first mAss Kicker from Denmark!  She is a LiveSTRONG leader in Denmark.  We were very fortunate to run into her in Japan for the Over Cancer Together Mt. Fuji Climb.  We were very grateful to schedule a time to ask her a few questions.

mK:  Thanks for “virtually” hanging out with us!  What is your relationship to tumors/cancer?
AC: I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 14 years old. In 2011 I was diagnosed with cell changes/pre-cancer stage.

mK: Why are you so involved in cancer advocacy?  What organizations are you involved with?
AC: I believe the fight is important and unity is strength. No one should have to face this alone.  I am involved with LiveSTRONG.

mK: LiveSTRONG is STILL a great organization!  So, what motivates you?
AC:  Personal stories motivates me.

mK:  OK, who is your personal hero or are your heroes?
AC: I have so many. Any one that does something good for others.

mK: So, what makes you laugh, cry, angry?
AC:  A good movie can make me laugh and cry. Angry when I see injustice.

mK:  What would you say is the most interesting thing you’ve done?
AC:  Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011. Learned so much about myself and a humbling experience it was.

mK:  Based on what you’ve observed, what is the toughest challenge a survivor faces?
AC: Stigma

mK: OK, We ask everyone this… What is your guilty pleasure?
AC: I love sweets/candy and cake.

mK: That seems to be a common answer… How bout this question… If your house was burning down and you had time to grab one thing, what would it be? Assume your family / housemates / pets are already out of the house.
AC: My phone.

mK:  Why?
AC:  The phone gives me the opportunity to contact/call my family and loved ones during this “tragic” event.
Also practical when trying to get hold of insurance company.
Unfortunately, I am no longer one of those people to remembers phone numbers anymore.

mK: Got it.  Makes sense.  So, what do you like to do in your spare time?
AC: Run, exercise, travel, go on adventures, learn new things and be with the people who are important to me.

mK: Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?
AC: Seek information. Know what you are up against and fight like hell.

mK: Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything.
AC: Oh, there are so many. I am a fearful flyer. Even though I am a frequent flyer.

mK: Any parting words for all the mAss Kickers?
AC: Love what you are doing. Keep inspiring others.

Anne Chen:  athlete, adventurer, Aviatophobiac, candy zealot, and LiveSTRONG Denmark leader.  Thanks for hanging out with us!  Looking forward to running into you again.

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