2015 was another EPIC year for mAss Kickers Foundation. So many exciting things happened! We met many great individuals, connected with new organizations, and solidified our mission to provide support and the “motivation to thrive” for all newly-diagnosed patients, family, and friends affected by tumors or cancer. We are becoming more involved in the promotion of the benefits of physical activity/exercise for tumor/cancer patients.
In February mAss Kickers Foundation was represented at the American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis at the Oncology Section programing. We believe that physical activity and exercise will play a large role in post-treatment thrivership for ALL tumor/cancer patients. mAss Kickers Foundation also had the opportunity to table at the Tet Lunar New Year Festival at Qualcomm Stadium with the National Brain Tumor Society.
At CancerCon for Young Adult Cancer Survivors in Denver, mAss Kickers Foundation teamed up with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation on a session, “Get Busy Sweating” to present the benefits of physical activity/exercise for survivors and demonstrate a few exercises.
In May, mAss Kickers Foundation was represented by Becki Bennetts, Cindi Gedney, Brian LaMarch, Kimburlie Christensen and friends, Bill and Sean Maine, Jodi Masumoto, and Kristin Schultz at the 2015 National Brain Tumor Society San Diego Brain Tumor Walk.
The 2015 Charity Kickball Tournament was at Helix High school in June. Students from SDSU from different graduating classes were involved with the planning this year. Teams were formed from: the San Diego chapter of the California Physical Therapy Association, San Diego State Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Mesa College PTA program, Concorde PTA program, Preferred Registry, a team of colleagues, and a survivor team: Check out the Kickball Tournament recap.
In August, the 7th Annual TUMORS SUCK! Paintball Benefit was held at Hell’s Survivors Paintball Field in Pinckney Michigan. The event gets bigger every year and we are seeing more kids and their parents playing together to create a family friendly atmosphere! Check out the recap from the 2015 Paintball Benefit. Dr. Galvez represented MKF in Dallas at the National Association of Asian American Professionals because ethnic minority representation in oncology advocacy is grossly under-represented!
To kick off the Fall of 2015, mAss Kickers Foundation sent four Post-treatment Thrivers to Brussels, Belgium to promote “Thriving” after a tumor/cancer diagnosis in the 2015 “How to Kick mAss” International Education Program. Douglas Carrey, Natalie Conforti, Laura Bleich, and Dr. Galvez traveled to Belgium to promote post treatment thrivership to cancer patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare students, and Belgian cancer survivor advocates. The international cancer survivor network, Esperity, were our hosts for this trip and took us to different sites around Belgium. Check out the “How to Kick mAss – Belgium” recap from 3x cancer thriver, Natalie Conforti. When we returned to the US, we stopped by a conference for Cervical Cancer patients and reconnected with a few survivor sisters.
October was a very busy month for mAss Kickers Foundation. In the beginning of October, Dr. Galvez traveled to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and lectured to students in a psycho-social aspects of disability class. We also connected with Dr. Claudio Battaglini who is one of the leading exercise physiology researchers studying the effects of physical activity/exercise in cancer patients. We were also able to connect with Dr. Carmina Valle who is focusing on the psycho-social benefits of physical activity/exercise in young adult cancer patients. Dr. Galvez reconnected with a couple friends from First Descents, reconnected with family living Chapel Hill, and met with a few members of the Philippine Nurses Association. Upon returning to California, we connected with the “2015 How To Kick mAss – Belgium” Team, Esperity, and the SAMFund in San Francisco. When we returned to San Diego, we hosted the 4th Annual 2015 Celebration of Life to honor the family, friends, and fellow survivors who were there for us while we going though our survivorship journey! Check out the 4th Annual Celebration of Life video here!
The Fall of 2015 ended with Movember/NoShaveNovember, the international-facial hair-growing cancer awareness campaign, with Team “Island of Misfit Mos.” The men that participated in the team gave their beards/mustaches nicknames to literally show their their support and raise awareness for both prostate cancer awareness and men’s health awareness.
We ended 2015 with an oncology rehab in-service at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department in Ann Arbor, MI.
In 2015 mAss Kickers Foundation was inspired by many individuals and organizations. On the mAss Kickers Foundation website, we published 24 featured mass kicker interviews. We created 9 new Tumors Suck videos and highlighted new organizations. We also created a new awareness campaign inspired by pop culture icons in the Hawk vs Lumpy gallery. 2015 also led to the development of a new website for the Tumors Suck Paintball Benefit. There is talk of growing the Paintball event outside of Michigan! There is still continued growth on the horizon for mAss Kickers Foundation.
If you would like to be a part of the mAss Kickers Foundation team, please email info(at)masskickers.org. Thank you for your continued support the past 5 years! Please consider a 2015 tax deductible donation to support mAss Kickers Foundation to help us educate the world about a proactive life after a tumor/cancer diagnosis.
It has been one crazy ride! You have helped us accomplish so much since we were created! Here is a summary of what we have done in the past! Thank you for your continued support! WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT WE DO IN 2016!