Epic Experience

Epic Experience offers many opportunities to connect with other cancer thrivers: weeklong camps in the Rockies, one-day adventure programs, the Campfires of Hope: Living Beyond Cancer podcast, the How-To Cancer series on YouTube, virtual exercise classes, and virtual reality programs.

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Epic Experience

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Epic Experience uses outdoor adventure to empower adult cancer survivors and thrivers to live beyond cancer. The weeklong camps take place in the great state of Colorado, and are open to any adult cancer survivor. The regional meetups bring together cancer survivors, thrivers, and caregivers for a day of outdoor activities in various states. Adventures include hiking, kayaking, rafting, snow shoeing, and stand up paddle boarding. The camps and meetups all provide a place to share, laugh, support, and be supported among others who have been touched by cancer.

Epic Experience also offers a low-intensity virtual exercise class twice a week for anyone who wants to work on functional strength, stretching, and balance in a low-key, fun setting.

The Campfires of Hope: Beyond Cancer podcast features funny and inspirational chats with survivors, caregivers, and others touched by cancer.

The How-To Cancer Series provides short YouTube videos with answers to many cancer-related questions, from _________ to ________ .

In 2022, Epic Experience will offer virtual reality experiences in doctor's offices and treatments facilities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our Campers share our impact the best.
Truly, I had no expectations of what my camp was going to be like. I knew it was going to be "EPIC" so I was ready to participate in any activities they had for us. I was amazed by my fellow campers throughout the week. It was incredible to see so many people, who have battled through so much, turn their attention to fun activities and forget about their current struggles. I am supposed to keep my favorite part a secret; but I really enjoyed snowshoeing on top of a mountain as the sun set. My attitude on life was changed by my time at Epic Experience. I was able to share my challenges and relate to the struggles of other young adults my age. My roommate, Adam, was the first young male with cancer I had ever met.

My journey through life and cancer has been difficult just like everyone else's. I have been told so many times to find support groups or get out and travel. Unfortunately, I had no local options and no financial means to "go explore." My favorite part of the camp was sharing my journey, listening to others and leaving with a legitimate support system and network. This was my first ever "camp" or experience with a cancer organization. I will be forever grateful to Epic Experience and Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation.

My advice to anyone thinking about trying a camp or new experience: "do it." I was nervous too; I flew by myself and arrived a stranger. I left with 11 close friends and people who understood who I am at a deeper level than most people in my life. This trip was funny, challenging, awakening and much needed. Thanks again to everyone who helped me go and I hope that someone else gets this opportunity in the future.

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