Epic Experience in the Colorado Rockies

Jay Campers

By Cathy Pipcho This past July ‘21 I was given the opportunity to attend Epic Experience, a week-long adventure camp held in the Colorado Rockies, to “experience life beyond cancer”.  I had applied in ‘19 and was accepted after submitting an application, medical records and clearance from my doctor. After Epic’s own medical review I was notified I’d be at …

New Jersey Regional Day

Jay Campers, Volunteers

Such an amazing day zip-lining, climbing through the trees, and hanging out with friends old and new!  As a cancer survivor, former camper, and now volunteer with Epic Experience, I know firsthand how incredibly life-changing this community is and how lucky I am to be part of the Epic Experience family.  The best part of the day was watching how …

WHY I FOUNDED ‘MAN UP TO CANCER’

Jay Campers, Guests, Partners

By Trevor Maxwell I’ve been living with stage IV colon cancer since March of 2018. Before that time, I was cruising along as a husband, father, and independent business owner. I was 41 years old and never imagined cancer would knock on the door. Then, in what seemed like an instant, I found myself in a new world of scans, …

A Gen Z Cancer Experience

Jay Campers, Volunteers

Cancer has affected my life both negatively and positively. It was the darkest and scariest year of my life but also one of the most important.  I was diagnosed right before my sophomore year of college. I had just made a really great group of friends and was excited to be in college. The world was my oyster, as they …

Beyond Cancer Series

Jay Campers, Guests, Volunteers

The Beyond Cancer Series started in October 2018 as the Epic Experience Education Series. The goal was to maintain a sense of community among Epic Experience alumni, family, caregivers, and friends, while also providing information and resources surrounding a variety of topics related to living beyond cancer, everything from professional development to mental health. The series was also launched as …

What difference can a dog make in someone’s life?

Jay Staff, Volunteers

We met Jessex in 2010 when he was an eight-week-old puppy. He was the seventh dog we had raised for Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that trains service dogs to be the ears, hands, legs, and best friends of people in need. When you start training a puppy, you never know if he will “graduate” to live a life …

How Experiences with Cancer Thrivers Changed my Perspective

Jay Staff

I will never forget my college experience, but that is for very different reasons than most college students. It was not because of the endless parties, staying up all night, or enjoying my independence. It was because during my junior year, I was with my older brother when he heard the words, “You have cancer.”