Being a testicular cancer survivor, I have found Mike and The Testicular Cancer Society to be supportive in so many ways. They have been here with me through the long haul. It’s always great to have a great support system. The Testicular Cancer Society and the members are awesome!
20 years ago I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I was 30 years old, newly married, a new house and a brand new career. How can this happen? Why me? What about the family that my wife and I wanted to start? Why now? I did not have time in my schedule to fight this battle with everything new in my life. How long will it last? How is this going to end?
Over his lifetime, a man’s risk of testicular cancer is roughly 1 in 250 (0.4%). It is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 20 to 39. The good news, testicular cancer has one of the highest cures rates of all cancers. The bad news, between 7,500 and 8,000 diagnoses of testicular cancer are made each year in the United States. It’s time to find a cure to prevent other young men from enduring the same thing that I had to.
After my first surgery to remove my left testicle, it was determined that I had an aggressive type of cancer. Crap, what does that mean? That means a second surgery. It was decided to go in and remove my abdominal and pelvic lymph nodes to determine if the cancer had spread. It did not. Over the next year, every month, I went in for blood tests and chest x-rays. In the second year, it was every three months for blood tests and chest x-rays. All looked good. For the following three years, I went for a yearly blood test and chest x-ray. Still negative! My doctor made the prognosis that I was cancer free. I could not have made it through this dark period of my life without my amazing family, super friends and outstanding doctors. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your love, concern and support!
My story had a happy ending but what about those that doesn’t? It was time for me to get off the sidelines, step up and help make a difference. Not only am I doing this for myself and all those young men out there, I am doing this for all of us that have been affected by this disease.
The Testicular Cancer Society is an organization that raises awareness of a type of cancer that many are afraid or embarrassed to talk about. The Testicular Cancer Society helps educate people about the disease and provides support for those that have been diagnosed, that are survivors and that are caregivers. I am honored to be part of such organization.
I’ve only recently discovered this group and already have found exactly the information I was looking for in reference to my 16 year old son who was diagnosed with TC and treated last year. I only wish I’d found them sooner. My son’s urologist referred me. That’s a great endorsement.
Lifesaver! Got diagnosed with testicular cancer. Reached out to Testicular Cancer Society, emailed info about my case, got GREAT info and advice and doctor names which helped me choose treatments and navigate a scary time. Also have met many other survivors through this group. Forever grateful!
Great resource for testicular cancer patients. Helps provide information on a cancer that is not widely talked about.
Superb organisation that really saves lives! SO deserving of every accolade given!
I met mike craycraft at cancercon along time ago and we’re good friends and brothers and his website has lots of in site and inspirational Things you can read a learn. He’s really pushing himself over them limit and enjoys saving people’s lives that are affected by this horrible disease and I have heard him talk about his non profit and it’s doing extremely well and if you all get a chance to read a learn from his non profit please do and help others...
When my son was diagnosed with testicular cancer I was at a loss with this particular cancer. I found your page to be very informational and helpful. I highly respect your knowledge and I completely appreciate the humor that you used to get your message across.
Mike is so knowledgeable about testicular cancer and it has been such a pleasure to partner with him to raise awareness for this ball busting disease with our MANSCAPED audience. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the Testicular Cancer Society on such an important initiative for men. It goes perfectly with our young male audience and is such an important life saving message.
This nonprofit provides Amazing Advocates for this underserved cause.
I have been fortunate in my story but if it were not for this and other web pages then I might be in a giggling academy. I have over the past few years found several lumps on each of my testes. 1 time was a cyst. 1 time was a pea sized hard lump that was a cyst gone hard and 1 time was a pea sized lump that turned out to be benign. each time I have had surgury and each time is just as scary as the last. I am dreading the day that it is the big C. but with pages like this that men can help each other just makes it that little bit more bearable
I lost my brother to testicular cancer and began raising funds for this organization after learning about them. Their founder, a survivor, was very friendly and informative when I would speak with him about their organization and what they do for testicular cancer patients and their families.
Testicular cancer society is one of the greatest nonprofits there is. There outpouring support during my trial with chemotherapy was beyond amazing!
Testicular Cancer Society helped me get through treatment to living again. 3.5 year remission!
Great charity to help survivors cope and share their stories!
This group does a great job of continually getting the word out about early detection and gets involved with individuals that need help navigating the complicated medical bureaucracy.
This team was crucial to helping me understand and navigate my diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent recovery.
I contacted this nonprofit many years ago asking if there was any way that I could help. I received so much support and guidance throughout my relationship with TCS. I know that I didn’t reinvent the wheel but with the help of TCS, I was able to educate and make many young men in my area aware of this disease and the important monthly self exam.
I knew nothing about this non-profit until my son was diagnosed with TC. We came across TCAF about the same time and we signed up for the Conference that was in Denver. What a great experience. My husband, my son, daughter-in-law and myself attended. We learned so much. There are a lot of great staff and board member ms that were so knowledgeable.
My son, 17, was diagnosed Sept 2018 with 3c non seminomas with widespread metastasis. We were so scared and had no knowledge of this horrible disease, or what came next. I found the group online, immediately realized the importance of this foundation and the research and education they provide for families like ours!! Its been a blessing!!
I knew nothing about testicular cancer until a family member was diagnosed. I found this organization to be very helpful and full of information. Thank you for all you do!
Mike is a passionate and knowledgeable leader . I found TCS after my diagnosis and treatment, but having spent some time with Mike, I’ve seen first hand the impact his charity has made. His enthusiasm has helped me in many ways and inspired me to spread the word about TC. There are many men alive today and families more at peace because of TCS and the man behind this non-profit.
I know first hand how difficult it has been for this charity to be functional.
Many of the bigger cancer charities receive donations and support because of their exposure in the media and nation wide events held. Getting professional help for the patients requires a lot of resources and co-ordination, no matter their locations.
We have started a non-profit organization as well called Schwetty, Inc. Our organization is also involved in the fight against Testicular Cancer. TCS has been very helpful in assisting us with our organization.
Incredible leadership advocating for men with testicular cancer. A great resource and support system.
TCS provides great education and support to those with TC and their families.
it also is helpful for care providers and educators.
TCS walked me through a variety of scenarios on my journey. Never once asking a thing from me but always giving, and Mike Craycraft always made me feel like my situation was his #1 priority!
When my son was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009, this organization has helped me understand many of the treatments he went through. Plus it helped me understand how to talk to an adult son about something that was potentially awkward.
This non profit is literally life changing and Mike is so passionate about helping those afflicted by this terrible disease.
not knowing who to turn to when I was first diagnosed with seminoma I was searching for people who could relate to what I was going through. the good people at Testicular Cancer Society and their wealth of resources helped me immensely. I was able to educate myself and my family because of all the great info Testicular Cancer Society has.
My son is a testicular cancer survivor! We are so glad to have organizations such as this one to help with this disease. I support this organization so much that my Amazon Prime sales have a percentage donated to them. I am glad we don't have to travel this journey alone.
TCS isan invaluable dource if information gor patients and their families.
By getting all the people together discussing the effects of these illness, the allow information to spread and also bring calm to prople who is hoingbthrough a terrible time.
Their help is invaluable
Back on March I de ided that whatever was going kn deserved a medical opinion.
From there in a roller coaster of emotions. From diagnostic to surgery to chemo, wo many questions many without a clear answer.
Thankfully the Testicular Cancer Sociaty help me navigate the worst part. There is so much information in its forums that i was able to educate myself and not got crazier than I was at the time
First place I ever went for facts I knew I could trust for my own work with testicular cancer awareness. Mike is a tireless advocate and does SO much for the testicular cancer community. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ for sure!
I have learned a lot of important information regarding Testicular cancer and the need to make sure that you have your children check themselves and speak up about it.
I'm facinated how well connected the Testicular Cancer Society (TCS) is worldwide(!!) if it comes to connecting patients/survivors with medical institutions /charities!
I'm based in Cape Town, South Africa and a number of survivors here found me/my charity via the TCS. Thanks for connecting fellow survivors to build a stronger supportive network - worldwide!
Thanks to the founders constant follow-up as soon as someone contacts him. Much appreciated!
(I'm the founder of "Love your Nuts" - a testicular cancer foundation in South Africa)
My son, who lost has battle with TC was greatly supported by this organization. I have been given great advise and support as his care giver.
Mike's resources were a huge help to our family and ranged from testicular cancer treatments to the radiation impact from CT scans.
In all my years, I have never found a non profit like Testicular Cancer Society that was so helpful in a very respectful way. I will continue to support them and encourage others. I hope soon the world will be aware of testicular cancer and donate so that soon TC will have a 100% cure rate.
It is so true. Our son had stage 2 testicular cancer. After chemo still showed something on one side lymph nodes. His urologist method was to take out all lymph nodes. We asked his onocologist about a 2nd opinion. Our sons file was sent to Dr Larry Einhorn at Indiana Univerity. Opinion was only a partial was needed. His urologist wouldnt do partial so we traveled to Indiana for partial lymph node. Twelve years, son is cancer free.
Sad part is local urologist said he would not treat our son anymore if he went to IN.
This is a young man's cancer. I hits men oftentimes in the prime of their life. This non-profit renders resources for information and can feel apart of a society that can not only help them but others as well. Educating others and promoting active participation is key to self examination and early treatment for good outcomes. I would have never know about the ball checker app. Young individuals are so connected with their social media applications. The Testicular Cancer Society understands that and conforms to their lifestyle.
When my youngest son Greg was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 30, I was mentally and physically overwhelmed despite being a member of the medical world for my entire life. I was unprepared for the turmoil and sadness and felt driven to find just the right word to describe how I was feeling. After a long period of time, I decided that ANGUISH clearly defined for me how I was feeling.
Will be more than happy to talk to anyone facing a similar experience. Testicular Cancer Society helped me tremendously through the experience and also helped my son and his wife through their experience.
Claire K. Connelly
This a fantastic find for someone just diagnosed! I believe that everyone with TC shield find this resource.
My husband passed away unexpectedly at the age of 29 from testicular cancer. I can go on and on about the "What-if's", but that would do us no good anymore. I cannot change what happened to my husband, but I can try to prevent it from happening to other families. This charity is helping to spread awareness to other fathers, son's, and husbands to help them so that they don't have to fight this battle alone. I wish I had found this nonprofit sooner, so that my husband could have had a little more support in the short time he battled this disease.
TCS is awesome. For many years I've felt so alone as a bilateral testicular cancer survivor and as soon as I reached out to TCS for some help they contacted me right away. I've been in touch with two amazing guys who understand me. Now I know I'm not alone anymore. I get excited when I see an email or message on my device from TCS!! Only if I had reached out to this awesome society a long time ago!!!
TC Society is by far the best around!! Helping those who really need it each and every time they are called on. Please consider reaching out to the amazing people of TC Society if you know anyone affected by TC.
Mike from TCS reached out to our family after coming across our online fundraiser. He was super insightful, offering a ton of guidance through a terrifying and confusing period. I've never had such a wonderful experience with an organization that actually cares on an individual level! TCS is really amazing - thank you, Mike!
The TCS helped me through one of the most overwhelming times of my life. Mr. Mike Craycraft answered all my questions regardless of the time of day or night. If he was awake, he would reply. The website was highly beneficial with the links and survivor stories.
I can speak first hand about Mike C and the supportive community of the TCS. In short, I'm a TC Survivor, and Mike was one of the first people I connected with to help me get through my process. Aside from offering advice, supportive information, and resources - he offered friendship. He went above and beyond the call of duty. - BJ L
2013 I found I had testicular cancer, I was scared and alone (I'm a expat living in Indiana), Mike and The Testicular Cancer Society has been an invaluable form of support and information during these times. To illustrate how great there support has been, during a period before my chemo the oncologist office called me and made a ridiculous demand. After seeking TCS advice, I was informed I would be treated and it was to start the next week. They didn't have to step up for me but they did. A great foundation for people afflicted with this horrible disease.
When going through cancer, these guys were awesome help. Informing me on all that could happen and the steps along the way.
This non profit has been great in building awareness for a lesser-known, but still devastating disease in Testicular Cancer. This disease impacts young men ranging 18-38 in age and guys in that demographic normally don't like to talk about health issues. The founder, Mike has been wonderful every since I have met him.
This non-profit has been great in awareness for TC.
Testicular Cancer Society has been extremely helpful in given me the information I needed to proceed with this awful disease and the support I needed to move forward with life.
While Battling thru Testicular Cancer, and now being 5 months Cancer Free. You have alot of time to do alot of reading about Testicular. I came across the Testicular Cancer Society on Facebook and immediately followed them. Have since joined Twitter and follow their as well. I immediately had members reach out and ask about my My Story! This is a great Organization. Talking and Learning, Listening to others who have gone thru the same thing I have helped Tremendously while going thru and even after beating Cancer. Thank You #HankStrong #Testicular Cancer Society