- Sabine Schwab"Bee"
Jill of all Trades
Bee (Sabine Schwab as she is known in the real world) attended an Epic Experience camp in May 2016. It was her first time in the beautiful state of Colorado – and she "absolutely fell in love”. Right after camp, Bee joined the Alumni team, and has been back to the ranch as a volunteer every year since.
Sabine is a primary brain tumor survivor, Ph.D., German emigrant to the U.S., mom to a little girl, avid yogi and rock climber. She loves traveling and photography as much as volunteering for Epic. Being a a strong believer in the healing power of nature and togetherness, Bee aims is to to connect other cancer survivors to live up to the quote:
“When “I” is replaced by “We”, Illness becomes Wellness!” (Malcolm X).
- Brad Glassel“B-Rad”
Camper Fundraising Advisor
At age 58, a routine physical revealed a high PSA score. With no symptoms, Brad thought, "no big deal? " Well, after a biopsy, he was told that he had prostate cancer. After rounds of hormone therapy, External Beam Radiation, and a high dosage radiation, Brad was in a pretty dark place and never knew who to talk to about the situation.
He stumbled across an article about a donation to Epic Experience and applied that night. Attending the January '17 Snow Apocalypse camp changed his outlook and gave him some dear friends that know him like no one else.
When Brad returned home, he posted a Facebook story that raised about $2,500, which is enough for another camper. That was his goal. He'd be happy to help you do the same and give someone the chance to have an Epic Experience!
- Gail Fay"Sunshine"
Gail is an editor, writer, reader, exerciser, nature admirer, photography dabbler, and ovarian cancer survivor. After hearing about Epic through two former campers, Gail attended a winter camp in 2016 and had a blast! The combination of beautiful surroundings, invigorating activities, and connections with other survivors gave her a much-needed mental and emotional reboot. After having her own life changed, Gail started volunteering with Epic, both at camp and as a writer/editor. She joined the Alumni Team in July 2017 to help other survivors regain hope and live beyond cancer.
- Jordan Adams"Specs"
Jordan Adams, aka “Specs”, is an outdoorsman, partner dancer, eyewear enthusiast, cat whisperer, board game maestro and ultimate frisbee player from Sacramento, CA. He was diagnosed with Uveal Melanoma, a rare eye cancer that forced the removal of his right eye in September 2016. He now wears a prosthetic eye, which he considers a monument to his cancers demise.
Jordan attended camp in the summer of 2017, during a low point in his post-cancer life. Being a part of EPIC was instrumental in giving him an opportunity to relive all the outdoorsy fun he loved so much prior to his diagnosis, and prove to himself that he didn’t have to stop doing what brings him joy because of cancer! It also demonstrated to him the value of empathy and community among survivors, and he hopes to bring that sense of community and support to others through the alumni team.
- Amanda Blackburn"Semi"Step Challenge Co-LeadAmanda "Semi" Blackburn comes to you from Louisville Kentucky! She is a Colorectal Cancer Survivor....camp name “Semi” due to her semi colon. She is a mother of two beautiful girls, a 20 year Air Force Veteran, and lover of all things outdoors. She especially loves to play sports, fish, hike, travel, and do anything that’s involves the company of her family and friends.She attended a winter camp in 2019 seeking to face the emotional detriment that comes with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and life after cancer. Epic was healing for Semi through small group, a family atmosphere, and outdoor adventure. She was amazed at the transformation her and her fellow campers experienced mind, body, and spirit.Semi likes to live by the motto “play hard....pray harder”!
- Carly Weingart"Tater Tot"
Carly (Tater Tot) Weingart lives in Minneapolis, MN. She is a senior at the University of Minnesota where she is majoring in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance and minoring in Psychology. With her degree, she wants to work in the criminal justice field and hopes to help people in the system, and bridge the gap of inequality when it comes to criminal justice issues. She enjoys being outside, hanging with friends and family and loves to watch crime shows. She is a devoted cat mom. Right before her sophomore year of college, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma of the spine. Carly says she learned a lot about herself and her strength throughout her journey with cancer. As of May 2020, she is 2 years cancer free!!
Tater Tot attended camp in July of 2019 and her experience at camp taught her that she can push her body to its limits and still enjoy every minute of every day. She really enjoyed meeting new people and being able to discuss her journey with other cancer survivors.
- Kristine Boyle"Fist Bump"Kristine currently lives in Olympia, WA. She loves outdoor adventures with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling her two grandkids.Kristine is an Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) survivor and bone marrow transplant (BMT) recipient. Epic Experience was recommended by one of her nurses during treatment at the University of Colorado. Struggling to find some normalcy navigating life after a cancer diagnosis, Kristine applied to attend an Epic Experience camp in the summer of 2019. Camp was an amazing opportunity to connect with other cancer thrivers and to learn that she was not alone with the emotional struggles. The outdoor activities and small group sessions helped her find new inner strength and healing. Kristine is excited to be on the team and looks forward to helping others do the same.
- Rebecca Thomas“Giddy Up”
Rebecca “Giddy Up” Thomas attended an Epic Experience camp in August of 2019. Her love of Colorado started many years prior when she went to a dude ranch and fell in love with horses which is where the name Giddy Up came from. She has two beautiful horses, three dogs, and two cats. She returned as a volunteer in February of 2020 and joined the Alumni team in 2021. She works as a medical assistant and offers therapeutic horse back riding lessons. She lives on Little Sebago Lake in Maine, where she and her husband enjoy fishing, various outdoor activities, and travel.
Rebecca is a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer. Camp allowed her to connect with other survivors in a way that was truly healing. Cancer brings an array of emotions both during and after treatment. Being able to embrace the beauty of camp, participate in amazing activities, and have true and honest discussions with others was eye opening and needed. She felt like she gained a whole new family and looks forward to others with to survive and thrive beyond cancer.