- 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.
- 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”!
- 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.
- 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.
- Tess Burton"MisFit"Tess "Misfit" Burton lives in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is a mother of two awesome kiddos, and an auntie to five more awesome kiddos! She loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, being on the PTA board at her kid's school, volunteering with multiple non profit organizations, leading a young adult cancer support group, listening to music and making crafts in her spare time.
Misfit was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2016. She experienced a relapse in the beginning of 2017, and a reoccurrence towards the end of 2017. She's now been in remission since the start of 2018 following her stem cell transplant. She attended the Epic Experience 2019 Hodgkins Lymphoma camp where she learned how to white water kayak and raft. Camp is also where she was introduced to her now forever best friend, Roadie! Camp was definitely a life changing experience for Tess. It's where she realized how much she wanted to be a big time cancer advocate. She was asked to join the Epic Experience alumni team in November 2020.