Alumni Team

We are honored to have these Epic Experience Cancer Thrivers to continue engagement with the Epic Experience family once campers have attended an Epic Experience. The Alumni Team is focused on engaging Epic Experience alumni through technology, activities, and volunteer opportunities.

Vanessa Hood

"Patina"
Wisconsin
El Capitan (Jill of all trades)
I am a survivor of Philadelphia+ ALL since October of 2012 and a bone marrow transplant since February 2013.

I attended Epic Experience Winter Camp March 2016. After meeting some of the Epic Team in Denver, I knew I wanted to attend a camp because I had been experiencing overwhelming feelings of being stuck from long term treatment. Each day's physical activities and emotional support compounded on the next truly making it an Epic Experience and giving me the tools I needed to keep living beyond cancer.

Jay Carter

"Edge"
Texas
Technology Specialist
I am a chronic myeloid leukemia and stem cell transplant survivor.

In January of 2015, I attended Epic Experience as a camper. Being two years post transplant, I was sort of in the no man's land of finishing up treatment and finding my way in the world as a young adult cancer survivor. Through my experience at camp, I learned how to get back to living and thrive beyond cancer. Today, I give back as much as possible, and I am Epic's web developer and a member of the Alumni Board.

Steven Jae

“Poster Boy”
California
I was diagnosed with AML in 2009 and relapsed in 2012.

I endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and two life saving bone marrow transplants. Found out about Epic Experience at the OMG Cancer Summit now known as CancerCon. Attended Epic Experience in the Summer '15 and created everlasting memories. It was single handedly one of the more redefining moments post transplant. I chose to become part of the Epic Experience's Alumni Board to give back to a community that is greater than life itself. To let others know they aren't alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Sabine Schwab

“Bee”
New Jersey
Camper Outreach Specialist
I attended an Epic Experience in May 2016. It was my first time in the beautiful state of Colorado – and I absolutely fell in love!

I am a strong believer in the healing power of nature and togetherness, and EPIC was able to provide exactly what I needed at that point in my life.
I am a brain tumor survivor, Ph.D., German emigrant, 3-year old mommy, avid yogi and rock climber. I love traveling and volunteering and aim to connect other EPIC alumni thrivers to live up to the quote: “When “I” is replaced by “We”, Illness becomes Wellness!”(Malcolm X)

Gloria Davis Fifer

"Glorious BIG"
Colorado
Social Media Specialist
I was diagnosed November 2015, the week of Thanksgiving, with Stage IIA Er/Pr/HER2 positive Breast Cancer at the age of 38.

My treatment consisted of a bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders, 6 rounds of chemo including 18 rounds of Herceptin, 5 weeks of radiation followed by additional exchange surgery. I attended camp July 2016 while I was still in treatment. It made me feel normal to be able to do normal activities and be around people that understood what I had been going through. Epic Experience has provided me an EPIC support group and life long friendships! After attending camp, I got involved where ever I could give back to an organization that gave me so much!!

Kelly Capre

“Lahana”
Illinois
Hospital Outreach Specialist
I am a true Chicagoan loving her Lake Michigan summers and Blackhawks in the winter.

I attended an Epic Experience camp in Summer 2016 as a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor. Through camp I recognized the power of healing through connection and outdoor activities. I joined the board because I want to give back to a community that gave so much to me.

Brad Glassel

“B-Rad”
Wisconsin
Camper Fundrasing Advisor
At age 58, a routine physical revealed a high PSA score. With no symptoms, I thought, "no big deal? "

Well, after a biopsy, I was told that I have prostate cancer. After rounds of hormone therapy, External Beam Radiation, and a high dosage radiation, I was in a pretty dark place and never knew who to talk to about the situation. I stumbled across an article about a donation to Epic Experience and applied that night. Attending the January 17 Snow Apocalypse camp changed my outlook and gave me some dear friends that know me like no one else. When I returned home, I posted a Facebook story that raised about $2,500, which is enough for another camper. That was my goal. I'd be happy to help you do the same and give someone the chance to have an Epic Experience!