Why I Do What I Do

In 2012 Abby Staible and I founded Epic Experience with the goal of offering hope to adult cancer survivors and their caregivers. It is now June of 2016. More than 250 campers have enjoyed a week at Epic Experience, and we have 35 signed up for the remaining three summer camps of 2016. We have offered 22 camps, including one …

Cancer Caregiver Receives Dream Wedding Dress Donated by Former Bride

In March, 2014, Linda Perez’s fiancé, Gabriel Fisz, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, PH positive – an aggressive form of the disease that required a bone marrow transplant. The prognosis was poor. Little did Linda and Gabriel know that two years later, Linda would receive a donated Vera Wang wedding dress! The couple is also in the process of starting …

Putting Your Life Back Together

In July of 2012, I heard those 3 loathsome words that have impacted so many lives through the years, “You have cancer”. I was 28 and had gotten married just 3 months earlier. I felt completely unprepared for this fight. More than that, I felt it was completely unfair that I was so young, lived a clean lifestyle, had no …

Skratch Fuel for Cancer Thrivers!

What to cook for cancer survivors, staff and volunteers at an Epic Experience camp? We were looking for a healthy source of hydration for keeping our Cancer Thrivers that travel to the high altitude of Colorado from across the US and Canada and our friends at Polar Bottles introduced us to Skratch Labs. Skratch Labs generously donated hydration packets and …

Racing for Epic Experience and living life to the fullest with my family!

Well. 2015 has come and gone. And a lot of things in my life have changed. After the euphoric high of finishing my first marathon, I took a well-deserved break from intense training and focused on a few other aspects of my life. I graduated with my Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from CSU in December, enjoyed a holiday season with …

Finding the Unexpected in Colorado

I heard about Epic Experience from two previous campers. Both kept telling me I needed to go; that 7W Guest Ranch was beautiful, that the activities were awesome, that I would find a new Epic family, that I would laugh till my sides hurt—which all sounds incredible, right? But I kept dragging my feet. It’s a free week of outdoor …

Hosting a Fundraiser is like Riding a Roller Coaster

As I settle down after this incredible epic weekend, I’ve decided that hosting a fundraiser is much like riding a roller coaster. Imagine a new coaster at Elitches, with bigger, faster, stomach-tightening rides…That’s the one we choose! The committee plans diligently as the coaster heads up for the first drop. Smiles, gleeful cheers, encouraging fist pumps rally us to the …

Something EPIC

When Nancy asked me to write a blog post about my week with Epic I was honored, and a little nervous to be honest. I am not a writer, but I wanted to be able to truly express the experience I had at camp. So, here goes….. Upon arrival at the airport I was greeted by friendly staff (some of …

MY ‘EPIC EXPERIENCE’…

The older i get the more it takes me to step out of my comfort zone. it’s hard enough to step out for an hour or two, an evening or even a day..but for a WEEK? it seemed impossible. but, i do like to push myself into that uncomfortable zone from time to time and it has always payed off …