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Review for Epic Experience, Arvada, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

“When I is Replaced by We, Illness Becomes Wellness!”
This quote by Malcolm X represents literally what I believe in! Togetherness is a key factor when it comes to well-being. Togetherness and the healing power of nature are exactly the two elements Epic Experience provides to cancer survivors, fighters, and thrivers.

I had completed active treatment for my primary brain cancer six months prior to participating in my week-long outdoor adventure camp. With twelve other cancer patients, I took on kayaking, horseback riding, stand-up paddling, and more. Lodging, food, gear, guides, nurses, a chef, etc.—everything was sponsored through Epic! Almost too good to be true!
Since my energy was slowly coming back after a year of chemotherapy, I enjoyed being physically active again. The one thing I was not prepared for, though, was cancer’s emotional aftermath.
While the world around me was moving on, my entire life had changed. I found myself sans career, sans doctor appointments that dictated most of my life over the past two years, and sans perspective.
Spending a week in the beautiful state of Colorado, on a ranch I instantly fell in love with, paired with profound conversations around the campfire and the loving care of all the volunteers, helped me to come out with a deeper understanding of what I care about and need in my future life.
Upon coming back home, I made the decision to not go back to work and dedicate my life to the cancer community instead. I am well aware that having this choice is a privilege denied to many—and I am very grateful for my outstanding German disability insurance.
I told Mama Lou (Epic's Founder and CEO) that I wanted to be more involved. Only a couple weeks later, I became a member of Epic’s Alumni Team—a group of Epic Experience alumni who focus on engaging former campers through technology, activities, and volunteer opportunities.
Over the past 3.5 years, I became more involved. I fly out to Colorado once a year to volunteer at camp. I organize local fundraising events, took over the Alumni Team lead and joined Epic's board of directors.
Epic has absolutely changed my life. Over the past years, I have many "cancer friends" from all across the U.S. that I can’t wait to see again someday. The memories and pictures together with the laughter, joy, celebrations, tears, emotions, hugs, and talks we shared will forever be with me.
-Bee

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Epic Experience, Arvada, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

“When I is Replaced by We, Illness Becomes Wellness!”
This quote by Malcolm X represents literally what I believe in! Togetherness is a key factor when it comes to well-being.
Togetherness and the healing power of nature are exactly the two elements Epic Experience provides to cancer survivors, fighters, and thrivers.

I had completed active treatment for my primary brain cancer six months prior to participating in my week-long outdoor adventure camp. With twelve other cancer patients, I took on kayaking, horseback riding, stand-up paddling, and more. Lodging, food, gear, guides, nurses, a chef, etc.—everything was sponsored through Epic! Almost too good to be true!

Since my energy was slowly coming back after a year of chemotherapy, I enjoyed being physically active again. The one thing I was not prepared for, though, was cancer’s emotional aftermath.

While the world around me was moving on, my entire life had changed. I found myself sans career, sans doctor appointments that dictated most of my life over the past two years, and sans perspective.

Spending a week in the beautiful state of Colorado, on a ranch I instantly fell in love with, paired with profound conversations around the campfire and the loving care of all the volunteers, helped me to come out with a deeper understanding of what I care about and need in my future life.
Epic has absolutely changed my life. Over the past years, I have made over 50 new Epic friends from all across the U.S. that I can’t wait to see again someday. The memories and pictures of both weeks together with the laughter, joy, celebrations, tears, emotions, hugs, and talks we shared will forever be with me.
-Bee

Role:  Board Member