Dr. Mike Glode
University of Colorado Cancer Center
I became involved because I have taken care of many cancer patients and found the idea of the EPIC Experience a way to give back for all they have taught me over the years. As a cancer survivor myself, I hope to be able to empathize and empower participants in our camps.
RN, BSN, OCN
Blood Cancer/Bone Marrow Transplant Program
University of Colorado Hospital
I am from Staten Island NY. I received my nursing degree at Villanova University and worked at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on the Surgical Trauma floor for 2 years. I then decided to see the rest of the country and began travel nursing. I spent 6 years as a travel RN until I decided to plant some roots in the beautiful state of Colorado. I have worked as an RN for 12 years with 7 years of experience in Oncology. I am currently working at the University of Colorado as the Nurse Navigator for the Bone Marrow Transplant/ Blood Cancer Program. Some of my favorite hobbies are skiing, backpacking, and dinner parties, and now kayaking – thanks to Epic Experience
Rocky Mountain Cancer Center
Oncology nurse, former Firefighter, and EMT. Lover of mud runs, 14ers, martial arts, dogs, lifting heavy objects (aka meathead), and self proclaimed Ninja. I began my journey with cancer at 5 being diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma. Since then I’ve had a passion for all things physical, eating well, and helping others become better than they were the day before. I have a vast knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, physical fitness, healthy eating, up to date research, and all things Bat-Man related. You have a question, I usually have an answer (It’s a healthy obsession 🙂).
Epic Experience Cancer Thriver
I have been a pediatric nurse for over 30 years. Most of my experience was at The Children’s Hospital on a general medical/surgical unit and coordinating pediatric clinical trials, but I did dabble in biotech and adult oncology clinical trials for the last few years.
On March 5, 2014, my life changed forever; I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Being a non-smoker all my life, this came at quite a shock. I sought care for my cancer at the Anschutz Cancer Center at University of Colorado Hospital. I was introduced to Epic Experience through the social worker and the rest is history.
I became an Epic camper in June 2014. The experience was life changing and it will forever remind me that there is, indeed, life after you have been told, “You have cancer”. Epic allowed me to push past those scary limits I set for myself and let me have fun doing it. On the days when I begin to feel sorry for myself, I think of all the brave cancer fighters and survivors from camp who are either walking a much more challenging journey than I can ever imagine or have walked the walk before me and have come out the other side stronger and more hopeful than ever.
Although I have Stage IV lung cancer, my treatment has allowed me to continue doing the things in my life I truly enjoy like running, skiing, hiking and being with my friends and family. Because of today’s cutting edge research and current treatment options, I plan on being around for a long time!
Everyone is so busy with life, but when the majority of the Epic Experience camp volunteers are previous campers themselves, it says a lot about the program. The urge to “pay it forward” is strong and this is why I want to volunteer my time and experience for such a great organization.
RN, BSN, OCN
I have been an oncology nurse for my whole nursing career-23 years and counting! I received my nursing degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I have worked at TMCA for my entire career, starting as a floor nurse and then a charge nurse for the past 10 years and have recently switched roles as a Nurse Navigator for our facility. I knew I wanted to be an Oncology Nurse since college, when my grandmother was diagnosed with Breast cancer and came to live with my parents who resided in the same town I was attending college. I have lived in several states prior to returning to Colorado in 1992. I am married with 2 kids and 2 dogs (I would have more if my husband would allow, dogs that is). I enjoy hiking, biking, running 5Ks, Mud Runs and a variety of arts and crafts. My moto, is “Life is an Adventure…ENJOY the ride”
RN, BSN, OCN
My name is Emily Denoncourt RN, BSN, OCN. I’ve been an Oncology nurse for 6 years. I currently have the pleasure of working with some of the finest physicians, nurses, medical assistants, technicians, and clinicians at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. I am a Clinical Research Supervisor within the Division of Hematology. I’m passionate about helping my oncology patients. I joined The EPIC Experience family because I wanted to continue to give back. I’ve spent my nursing career, thus far, focusing on the treatment, and I’ve come to learn the Survivorship is where the continued healing happens.
Since moving to CO in 2010, the mountains of Colorado have been my playground. I love trail running, rafting, and hiking.
Dwight Macero, MS, PA-C
Advanced Practice Provider
Blood Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant Program
University of Colorado
Originally from the Philippines, I have recently become a Colorado transplant after spending a majority of my life in the Northeast attending college and graduate school in Boston and New York. I was previously a scientist in the biotechnology industry before pursuing a career as a physician assistant. I just recently joined the Blood Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Colorado as an advanced practice provider, both in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Prior to becoming a clinician, I have been heavily involved in volunteering for non-profit organizations who mentor underprivileged youth through action sports such as skiing and snowboarding. I am very excited to have found Epic Experience to share my knowledge as a physician assistant in oncology and continue spreading the passion for living life without limits through action sports.
Nancy West is a cancer survivor. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 35 years, as a clinical nurse and educator in outpatient clinics, hospitals and administrative settings. She has a MPH in health promotion and a BSN in nursing. Her passion is finding individualized methods that enhance wellness and longevity in cancer survivors.