Take the Winnings Off the Table and Share Through Philanthropy

Jay Guests

When considering charitable contributions, did you know that giving of appreciated assets may be your more tax advantaged strategy?  By donating appreciated stock, real estate, or real assets to charity may avoid capital gains taxes and address your philanthropic desires. The stock market continues to advance to all-time highs, real estate is holding its value with strong employment nationally and …

The Epic Journey Continues

Jay Campers

I first heard about Epic Experience from a good friend, Bobcat, who had attended a winter camp in 2016. She had so many positive things to say about her adventure and recommended that I apply, so I did. As the week of winter camp approached, I was anxious (who leaves behind their family to go and hang out with a …

Two Dudes and Seven Chicks ~ An Epic Week!

Jay Campers

When I meet another cancer survivor, I rarely feel as if I’m meeting a stranger. Why? Because there are no strangers in the cancer community. Before words or histories are shared, we already understand. We get it! I was overly excited about meeting men and women with whom I shared a story. Before I’d spent time with any of them, …

Seizing the Moment

Jay Staff

Once cancer comes into your family and you have to face it alongside a loved one, your perspective in life tends to change—at least I know it did for me when my brother, Michael, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. At the time of Michael’s diagnosis, we were both still in college at Regis University; he was a senior and I …

You Never Know How You’ll Touch Someone’s Life

Jay Campers

On the morning of Oct. 10, 2016, I opened Compass and read a story about agent Scott Hood (D-047, Hartford, Wis.) that changed my life. Okay, I have to go back a little to explain. 2016 was not my favorite year. In March, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Pretty big blow! I have gone through a series of treatments including hormone …

From Camper to Volunteer

Jay Campers, Volunteers

“Every day, I am reminded that our life’s journey is really about the people who touch us.” —Stuart Scott, Every Day I Fight When I first heard about Epic Experience in 2015, I was hesitant to apply. It wasn’t because I don’t like Colorado or free stuff or playing in the snow. It was partly because I didn’t think I …

Yes, it’s an Epic Experience

Jay Campers

My name is Kim and I am a two time breast cancer survivor, both cases within the last four years. The first time I had a bilateral mastectomy and the second time (yes, even with no breast you can get breast cancer) I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation at Callaway Young Cancer Center. I am a strong woman whose motto all …

Why I Do What I Do

Jay Staff

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

Jay Guests

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

Jay Campers

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 …