My full time job I am a Senior Business Development Representative for ReMax but I knew I wanted to continue to give back to the cancer community during my off time. I had recently graduated from Regis University when I was diagnosed with cancer. I knew I wanted to somehow give back to the cancer community, I just did not know in what capacity. I have been happy to be a part of Epic Experience Outreach Team and see our growth in a very short time frame. I am excited to see how many more cancer survivors lives’ we will be able to impact moving forward by getting the mission of Epic Experience out into the community.
Cancer hit my family hard, starting with my sister in 2007. She was 30 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following summer, my cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36. And the next year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Volunteering has always been a huge part of my life. After cancer kept rearing its ugly head in the lives of those I love, I decided to focus my volunteer efforts on those living with cancer. I made my way to Epic Experience through a few other organizations and am truly inspired by the work Epic does. I look forward to seeing all the lives transformed through Epic’s epic programs, and am honored to play even a small part.
Matt McGhee was first introduced to Epic Experience in February 2013, after re-connecting in Denver with Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA) Classmates Michael and Colin Ferro. From that point, he saw the positivity that Epic Experience brought to the lives of hundreds of cancer thrivers, and had to get involved. He has taken an active role in transporting campers, and getting the word out in the community. Matt works in Retail Merchandising for the Sports Authority Corporate Headquarters in Englewood, CO. When he is not volunteering for Epic Experience, Matt enjoys Camping, Bowhunting, Mountain Biking, and finding any other excuse to be in the mountains.
“By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.” Alan Watts.
I’ve been a supporter of Epic Experience since meeting Colin and Michael Ferro in 2012 and have had the opportunity to observe the overwhelmingly positive impact that Epic has had on the lives of the people that it has been touched, watching the Epic community grow over the last few years. After spending many years as an IT professional in the healthcare services industry at Cigna, I’ve developed a passion for healthcare and had been looking for opportunities to contribute to the community. I am honored to play an active role on the Epic Experience team and excited to have the opportunity to support Epic and do everything I can to spread the word and improve the lives of everyone Epic touches!
My belief in what Epic does for cancer survivors started when my mom first got home from her Epic Camp. The profound impact it had on her was undeniable; she had so much more hope, positivity, and desire to live despite what an oncologist had told her just months before. I knew this was a cause that would change lives, and I immediately felt compelled to help. My hope is that I can make a small impact by reaching others and increasing awareness through the sports of running and triathlon. Running was always one of the things my mom did to live her life fully, and I’m no different.
I currently work as an engineer in the spinal device industry, where my passion is helping others to move and live in a pain free, fulfilled way. In my spare time, you can find me training for triathlons, marathons, or Ironmans, but I want to help in any way I can to get Epic’s message out in the world.
R.J. McFadden is a 2008 graduate of Regis University where his friendship with Michael, Colin and the rest of the Ferro family grew and solidified. R.J. has worked in the legal industry since that time as a paralegal in Denver in both a Litigation Defense firm, and now for DaVita, Inc. R.J. grew up in Denver and is an avid outdoors-man (camping, dirt biking, hunting, snowboarding, fishing, etc.). He and his wife, CarrieAnna, currently live in the Greater Denver-Metro area raising their son Lucas.