Archive for August, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hope ~ A Quote by Richard Bloch

We recently came upon this quote and wanted to share it. The following passage has been excerpted from a letter on the value of optimism in treating cancer. To read the full letter, recipe click here.Hope

There is no such thing as false hope for a cancer patient. Hope is as unique with each individual as a finger print. For some it is the hope to make a complete recovery. But it might also be the hope to die peacefully; the hope to live until a specific event happens; the hope to live with the disease; the hope to have their doctor with them when needed; the hope to enjoy today. Just as each case of cancer is unique, each person is different. Each individual has the right to be told all their options and then decide for themselves.

~ Richard Bloch, co-founder of H andamp; R Block, Inc. and founder of the R. A. Bloch Cancer Foundation

Richard BlochIn March, 1978, Richard A. Bloch was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and told that he had three months to live. He chose to fight for his life and was declared cancer-free two years later. For the remaining twenty-six years of his life, Dick and his wife, Annette, devoted themselves to helping the next person with cancer have the best chance of beating it.  Dick passed away in July, 2004 of heart failure.  The R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation continues the mission under Annette’s leadership.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hailey’s Story (Teen Cancer Survivor)

Some people have such bright spirits that we become inspired to be better ourselves. Hailey who has survived a form of lymphoma is one of those people. Here is a part of her story…

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dying To Do Letterman – A Must-See!

We have recently come across a film that we just had to tell you about! It’s a unique, find touching, healing and uplifting documentary called Dying To Do LettermanDying To Do Letterman, treat that follows comedian Steve Mazan on his quest to perform stand-up on The Late Show with David Letterman.

At 35 years old, Steve was handed a diagnosis of incurable liver cancer with the possibility of having just five years left to live. With news that may have devastated many of us, Steve decided it was time to barrel full-steam ahead towards his goal of being on The Late Show. Steve’s motto? Live your dreams or die trying.

Dying To Do Letterman chronicles Steve’s five-year journey as he races his own ticking clock to achieve a nearly impossible goal. It also has a very happy ending – Steve finally receives an invitation to perform on The Late Show. And seven years later, Steve is still going strong and his tumors have remained stable, not growing in size.

The movie won awards at film festivals around the country such as the Cinequest Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, and has been met with roaring critical and audience acclaim. People are calling it hilarious, heart-breaking and inspirational. The goal of Steve and his friends, Biagio Messina and Joke Fincioen who directed and produced the movie, was to show that it’s not how much time you have left, it’s what you do with it. This is not so much a movie about cancer as it is a film about going for what you want.

The movie includes sit-down interviews and advice sessions with comedy names like Ray Romano, Kevin Nealon, Jim Gaffigan, and Brian Regan (who has 17 Letterman performances under his belt).

Those of you in the NYC area can see the film from August 26-September 1 at the IFC Center, and those in LA can see it from September 2-8 at the Sunset Laemmle 5. For more info. on showtimes and locations, visit

You can also help the movie to be considered for an Academy Award by contributing to their Kickstarter campaign! Click here.

About Dying to do Letterman from Joke and Biagio on Vimeo.

Monday, August 8, 2011

It’s Never too Late to Chase your Dreams by Steve Mazan

When comedian Steve Mazan learned that he had inoperable liver cancer with the possibility of five years left to live, he decided to go for his biggest dream: to be on The Late Show with David Letterman. His determination and his journey were documented in the fun, exciting film Dying To Do Letterman, which we’ll be posting a review of shortly.

Before we post that, we thought you might really enjoy seeing Steve in this TED talk, where he delivers a brilliant mix of comedy and inspiration, encouraging us all to chase our dreams.