“ Don't try to do it on your own. We are here to help point you in the right direction. Utilize the network of people to help assist you.
Sean Lapham is another dynamic individual on the mAss Kickers Board of Directors. We have know Mr. Lapham for quite some time and were honored that he decided to volunteer his time on the board. Mr. Lapham brings years of marketing and sales experience to the mAss Kickers team. He is the founder of ENUF Marketing and Design which created the “Use the K.U.R.E.” campaign. He is currently the Regional Manager- South Carolina for Single Source Inc. He was instrumental in organizing the initial TUMORS SUCK! Paintball Benefit. ENUF has designed every Paintball Benefit t-shirt since 2010. We were fortunate to find time in his busy schedule and ask him a few questions.
mK: Thanks for doing this Mr. Lapham. What is your relationship to tumors/cancer?
SL: I was a classmate of Eric Galvez at Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard. Eric and I played football and wrestled on the same team. Eric was an amazing athlete and student. A few years back my life changed when my mother told me about what Eric had been through. I reached out to Eric. I wanted to feel bad for him but when I heard that he wrote a book and what he was doing with mAss Kickers my sympathy went out the window. In typical Eric fashion (to use wrestling terminology) he was taken down, put on his back, and had one shoulder touching the mat. He had a choice to lay the second shoulder down and give up, OR fight through, get the “REVERSAL”, and pin his opponent. He wanted to teach others how he got out of that tough situation. I wanted to be an “assistant coach” to a man that is trail blazing his way through a life changing situation.
mK: HAHAHA! The same competitive attitude found in sports/competition can be applied to life after a tumor/cancer diagnosis! How did you end up in South Carolina?
SL: The company I work for, Single Source Inc., offered me a promotion to become the regional manager for South Carolina. Our move was initially tough moving away from Michigan and my family. However, as we have transitioned into our community it has become both rewarding and fun.
mK: Why are you involved with mAss Kickers Foundation? What do you do?
SL: I am involved with mAss Kickers Foundation because I initially wanted to help my friend Eric Galvez. However, after the first Tumors Suck Paintball benefit I noticed it’s not just about one person… it’s about the community of people battling Tumors/Cancer. Watching what this organization has done for so many patients is uplifting. Watching Eric be taken down but not beaten and rising up and becoming a motivator is beyond words. My role with the mAss Kickers foundation is to assist in the marketing direction of the organization. I help give professional advice on directions the organization should make to better position itself.
mK: What motivates you?
SL: Success motivates me. It can be looked at in multiple views. What is success….Well in my opinion Family, Life, and Spiritual.
mK: Who is your personal hero or are your heroes?
SL: My heroes are the men and women of the US armed forces that sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom.
mK: What makes you laugh, cry, angry?
SL: Since I am father of a crazy 7 year old boy I would have to say he hits all of those with me. If you don’t believe in karma, have a child and you will soon find out. He is the funniest kid I know. The things he comes up with will have you laughing for days on end.
mK: hee hee hee… like father, like son. Based on what you’ve observed, what is the toughest challenge a survivor faces?
SL: The toughest challenge a survivor faces is the initial “now what”. Where do I go from here? How is my life different? Who understands what I am going through? This is where the mAss Kickers organization comes into play. So many people are connected through this organization. I remember doing a mAss Kicker event at the Fenton Moose Lodge. So many people that I have associated with for many years came up to me to share stories of themselves, friends, or family members. We all know someone that has been affected. I feel that MKF gives these individuals a sounding board to find what they are looking for.
mK: What is your guilty pleasure?
SL: My guilty pleasure is Sunday drives with my family. Just cruising with the top down taking in the South Carolina sun and heat. It is the most relaxing time for me.
mK: If you could cast yourself as the lead character in a movie, what movie would you pick? Who would you be? Would you change anything?
SL: Well, this movie is at top of my mind (20 year anniversary this month), so I would say Chris Farley in Tommy Boy. I am a salesman and self declared funny guy. I quote that movie all the time. I think I could nail that character with no problem.
Tommy: Did you hear I finally graduated?
Richard Hayden: Yeah, and just a shade under a decade too. All right.
Tommy: You know a lot of people go to college for seven years.
Richard Hayden: I know, they’re called doctors.
mK: HAHAHA! “Holy SH-nikeys!” What are you up to now?
SL: Today I am in my 9th month of living in South Carolina. I turned 40 this year and have made a lot of personal changes. I feel that moving to the “South” was a great decision for my family. We all love it here even though we miss our family and friends back in Michigan. I feel that our life is heading in the right direction.
mK: Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?
SL: Reach out to organizations like mAss Kickers Foundation. Don’t try to do it on your own. We are here to help point you in the right direction. Utilize the network of people to help assist you. Talk to Eric Galvez. The man is the most inspirational person I have ever been around.
mK:That Eric Galvez is a character! Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything.
SL: I owned and operated a pond hockey tournament in Michigan. . It was one of Labatt Beer’s premier pond hockey tournaments in Michigan. I recently gave it to some friends to take it to the next level next year. It was a little too hard thinking about pond hockey when I was still playing golf here in the south.
mK: HAHAHA! Warm weather has a tendency to do that… Any parting words for all the mAss Kickers?
SL: I would like to steal a quote from Rocky:
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
Sean Lapham: Disciple of Rocky Balboa, Lake Fenton Winter Classic Pond Hockey “God Father”, Tommy Boy fanboy, Sunday driver, dedicated husband and father, marketing/sales mogul, and dedicated mAss Kicker from the very beginning of the organization! Thanks for you all your assistance and valued advice Mr. Lapham. We are very honored to have your input in the direction of mAss Kickers Foundation. Stay tuned to see what mAss Kickers Foundation does next!