The Best Medicine is Understanding

Greetings!  I am a Nurse Navigator for the Blood Disorders and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus. I have worked at this hospital for 12 years. I’d like to share the life- and career-changing experience I had from being a volunteer for Epic Experience.   My passion for working in oncology started when I was a travel …

Taking Back the “Old” Me

Blog by Camper Danny Lanka, a.k.a. “Babe”. Attended camp in 2015. The day I knew for sure I had cancer was the absolute worst day of my life. The day before, I saw end of my time on Earth as someplace WAY over the horizon, 20 or maybe 30 years away. Then, in the blink of an eye, my end …

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While going through emails, I found one that contained an incredible correspondence between two campers who attended our very first summer program in 2013. Hollywood and 4G had an instant connection, even though there was a 30-year age difference between them and they had two different cancers: one had neuroendocrine cancer and the other bladder cancer. Both of these epic …

Letter to Self Part 1

Many think cancer disappears when treatment is over and there is no evidence of disease, but for so many, the side effects last forever. Thank you to one courageous Epic Experience camper for sharing what cancer has taken away from them.  This is why Epic Experience was founded: to provide a supportive community of people who understand what it’s like …

Meet Chris Chinn, the Newest Staff Member of Epic Experience

Greetings, Epic Experience community! I’m Chris Chinn, a.k.a. “Burpee.” As Epic Experience’s newest staff member, I wanted to introduce myself and tell you a bit more about the journey that led me to this point. Most of you knew my father Louis “Stud” Chinn. If you didn’t, you missed out on a whole bunch of Dad jokes that left you …

Epic Experience in the Colorado Rockies

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 …

Life is a gift, that’s why they call it the present

Many of us have had life changing moments; some good, some bad. I had mine on March 5, 2014.  That was the day that I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and given 2 years to live.  It came out of the blue.  It was an incidental finding and I had absolutely no risk factors or symptoms leading up …

New Jersey Regional Day

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’

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

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 …