Epic Experience empowers adult cancer survivors and thrivers to live beyond cancer.
Epic Experience was created with one mission - to offer hope to individuals who have been affected by cancer.
Epic Experience was founded in 2012 by Nancy Ferro and Abby Staible. Nancys oldest son Michael was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in 2007 at the age of 23. Their experience led them to start Epic Experience to help those touched by cancer to reclaim their life in hopes of realizing there is life beyond cancer.
With support of friends and family we launched Epic and raised the funds in our first year to offer 6 camps in 2013.
We applied for our 501c3 status July 2, 2012 and were granted non profit status July 27,2012.
From one of our Corporate Partner Volunteers
"We spent a lot of time together in small groups and i one large group every night around the campfire. It was a time for us to reflect on the activities that we shared, the fears that were overcome and the joy that was felt by all. My favorite part was sitting in on the morning small meetings where a topic was presented and people were able to share their feelings. One of the days we discussed the topic of hope. I sat in amazement and listened to these survivors talk about their horrific experiences and side effects as they battled this unsympathetic disease. There were tears of love when families were mentioned and talked about. There were tears of joy as they talked about their friends who were there with them. There were also tears of sadness as they talked about how people who were friends did not know how to handle the diagnosis of cancer and they left them alone. I saw firsthand the pain that the campers suffered because of their cancer but I also saw the joy and the resolve that they have in beating their disease. I will never forget the feelings I had as I listened to one particular young woman, "Hoosier" talk about her experience of overcoming cancer and the hope she has that her children will have their mother with them for a long time. Truly this was a life-changing event."
What I gained from Epic Experience is inexplicable and goes beyond anything I ever imagined to happen. You see, cancer has been a lonely and isolating journey for me. There are no support groups for 44 year old colon cancer survivors. In fact there is not much available in the way of survivorship resources and support where I live. At Epic I was given the opportunity to unpack all my feelings of fear and sadness and at the same time share my strength and hopes.