- Dr. Mike Glode"Doc"
University of Colorado Cancer Center
I became involved because I have taken care of many cancer patients and found the idea of the EPIC Experience a way to give back for all they have taught me over the years. As a cancer survivor myself, I hope to be able to empathize and empower participants in our camps.
- Christine Frodella"Iggy"
RN, BSN, OCN
Blood Cancer/Bone Marrow Transplant Program
University of Colorado Hospital
I am from Staten Island NY. I received my nursing degree at Villanova University and worked at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on the Surgical Trauma floor for 2 years. I then decided to see the rest of the country and began travel nursing. I spent 6 years as a travel RN until I decided to plant some roots in the beautiful state of Colorado. I have worked as an RN for 12 years with 7 years of experience in Oncology. I am currently working at the University of Colorado as the Nurse Navigator for the Bone Marrow Transplant/ Blood Cancer Program. Some of my favorite hobbies are skiing, backpacking, and dinner parties, and now kayaking – thanks to Epic Experience
- Matthew McCabe"Leo"
Rocky Mountain Cancer Center
Oncology nurse, former Firefighter, and EMT. Lover of mud runs, 14ers, martial arts, dogs, lifting heavy objects (aka meathead), and self proclaimed Ninja. I began my journey with cancer at 5 being diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma. Since then I’ve had a passion for all things physical, eating well, and helping others become better than they were the day before. I have a vast knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, physical fitness, healthy eating, up to date research, and all things Bat-Man related. You have a question, I usually have an answer (It’s a healthy obsession 🙂).
- Hazel Senz“Hazel Nutt”
Epic Experience Cancer Thriver
I have been a pediatric nurse for over 30 years. Most of my experience was at The Children’s Hospital on a general medical/surgical unit and coordinating pediatric clinical trials, but I did dabble in biotech and adult oncology clinical trials for the last few years.
On March 5, 2014, my life changed forever; I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Being a non-smoker all my life, this came at quite a shock. I sought care for my cancer at the Anschutz Cancer Center at University of Colorado Hospital. I was introduced to Epic Experience through the social worker and the rest is history.
I became an Epic camper in June 2014. The experience was life changing and it will forever remind me that there is, indeed, life after you have been told, “You have cancer”. Epic allowed me to push past those scary limits I set for myself and let me have fun doing it. On the days when I begin to feel sorry for myself, I think of all the brave cancer fighters and survivors from camp who are either walking a much more challenging journey than I can ever imagine or have walked the walk before me and have come out the other side stronger and more hopeful than ever.
Although I have Stage IV lung cancer, my treatment has allowed me to continue doing the things in my life I truly enjoy like running, skiing, hiking and being with my friends and family. Because of today’s cutting edge research and current treatment options, I plan on being around for a long time!
Everyone is so busy with life, but when the majority of the Epic Experience camp volunteers are previous campers themselves, it says a lot about the program. The urge to “pay it forward” is strong and this is why I want to volunteer my time and experience for such a great organization
- Betsy Cabrera"Twig"
RN, BSN, OCN
I have been an oncology nurse for my whole nursing career-23 years and counting! I received my nursing degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I have worked at TMCA for my entire career, starting as a floor nurse and then a charge nurse for the past 10 years and have recently switched roles as a Nurse Navigator for our facility. I knew I wanted to be an Oncology Nurse since college, when my grandmother was diagnosed with Breast cancer and came to live with my parents who resided in the same town I was attending college. I have lived in several states prior to returning to Colorado in 1992. I am married with 2 kids and 2 dogs (I would have more if my husband would allow, dogs that is). I enjoy hiking, biking, running 5Ks, Mud Runs and a variety of arts and crafts. My moto, is “Life is an Adventure…ENJOY the ride”
- Emily Denoncourt"Bear"
RN, BSN, OCN
Calloway Young Cancer Center
I’ve been an Oncology nurse for 8 years. I work at the Calaway Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I’m passionate about helping my oncology patients. I joined The EPIC Experience family because I wanted to continue to give back. I’ve spent much of my nursing career focused on oncology treatment. I’ve come to learn the Survivorship is where the continued healing happens!
Since moving to CO in 2010, the mountains of Colorado have been my playground. I love trail running, rafting, and my Berner pup Finnley.
- Anna DeCoite"Tinder"My name is Anna DeCoite. I’m an Oncology Nurse in the University of Colorado Blood Disorders Center. I moved to Colorado from Northern Virginia in 2013 and have been enjoying everything this great state has to offer ever since. I’ve wanted to work with the oncology population since my own diagnosis of lymphoma at the age of 9. Cancer patients are such a special population and I love that I get to work with such amazing people every day. I got involved with Epic Experience as a medical volunteer in Summer 2017. I love that this organization allows cancer thrivers of all ages push their limits both physically and mentally. It was so empowering to see what these people can do! I look forward to continuing my involvement with Epic through working with the Medical Board.
- Laura Woodward"LaLa"
University of Colorado Health RN, BSN, OCN
I grew up in Vicksburg, MS, with a two year stint in South Korea courtesy of being an army brat. I went straight to nursing school after high school and started my nursing career in Rochester, MN. After a winter or two in the great cold, my love of travel and my love for my work combined and I started travel nursing. I was able to see the country and meet wonderful people from coast to coast. I decided to grow some roots and make my home in Denver in 2012.
I love the mountains, the sunny winters, and good times spent with friends and family. I am a nurse at University of Colorado Health in the Blood Disorders Clinic, working with blood cancer and bone marrow transplant patients. I love working with our patients, and when I was lucky enough to volunteer as a medic for camp I was hooked! Such a fantastic experience and a renewal of energy as much for me as for the campers! I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful group of special people!