- 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, awesome 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.
- Jessica Gripentrog"North"
Camper Outreach Specialist
Jessica is a nurse, fitness enthusiast, health food lover, reader, thrill seeker, positivity spreader and ALL cancer survivor.
She attended Epic Experience in May 2016, and the whole experience has given her support, strength and belief in herself again. The camp atmosphere allowed the pressures of judgement and "feeling different" to be lifted and allowed a sense of normalcy to set in.
Being diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 19, her journey with cancer was very isolated. She was the youngest patient in the chemo clinic, and she didn't know any other young adults that had been effected by cancer. Epic was the kind of community that Jessica needed all along.
Attending camp encouraged her to open up about my cancer experience, which allowed her to discover suppressed emotions she had been carrying around. During camp, she faced fears head on and left with an ignited passion for adventure! She joined the Alumni Team to help others realize that no one is in this alone.
- 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.
- Lynda Wolters"Yard Sale"Yard Sale aka Lynda Wolters, attended camp in 2018. She was looking for a way to jump start her activity level and learn to live life again after being diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2016.
She is an avid dancer and loves sunshine sports; she was thrilled to learn to kayak and fly fish while at Epic and boasts about being able to use her dancer balancing skills to stand up in her kayak and ride the rapids!
Epic was rejuvenating for Lynda both physically and mentally and she is now paying that forward by joining the Alumni Team.
“I left my Epic Experience camp with a dozen new best friends that I now call family. Every cancer survivor/thriver should have the opportunity to experience this life beyond cancer.”
While I would never have wanted this journey called cancer, I would never give up the experience. ~ Yard Sale
- 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”!
- Amy Gasper“Cruise”
Amy Gasper, “Cruise,” is from Twinsburg, Ohio. She is crazy addicted to cruises but had never been to Colorado until summer 2019, when she attended an Epic Experience camp as a breast cancer survivor. She fell in love with both Colorado and Epic.That week changed her entire outlook on life. Amy returned with a desire to do more, give more, and appreciate her time on Earth to the fullest. She has a new desire to help others in need, and her mantra has changed from “What can I do?” to “Just do it!”
Amy loves spending time with her two wonderful sons and two adorable grandchildren, whom she enjoys spoiling and giving a lifetime of meaningful experiences as they make beautiful memories together.
Amy is excited to be part of the Alumni Team and can’t wait to give back to Epic campers what Epic gave to her!
- Paige Mack"Wildflower"Paige "Wildflower" Mack lives in Denver, CO and loves going on adventures. She has been living with breasts cancer for four years and metastatic breast cancer for two years. She left home shortly after her diagnosis and found her way to the mountains. Nature therapy is a big part of her life and she spends her free time exploring nature, teaching yoga, and making crystal jewelry.Wildflower attended camp in July of 2019 and her experience changed her perspective on what her body is capable of. She realized her body was so much stronger than she thought. She truly loved her time at camp connecting with fellow campers and soaking in the nature therapy all around.