Archive for the ‘Healing Inspiration’ Category

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year

These are the kinds of stories that help us realize that every challenge is an opportunity to create something beautiful. This is a video that will bring tears to your eyes and brighten your day!

Connor wanted his younger brother Cayden to be able to play with him, viagra but Cayden has cerebral palsy and will never walk or talk. At age 7, Connor decided he would pull and push 5 year old Cayden through triathlons. This inspirational duo have bonded through the most heart warming effort of brotherly love and bravery. This is their story.

The two eventually won the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What Would You Say to the Heroes of 9/11 Who Now Have Cancer?

firefighters 9/11Yesterday the federal government added over 50 cancers to the list of health problems that will be covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, order which brings coverage to rescue workers and people who were living near ground zero on September 11, 2001. While many argue that funding for this will run out pretty quickly, they are also glad the post-tragedy problems the heroes of 9/11 are facing are finally being acknowledged.

Certainly each cancer has its own set of challenges, symptoms and treatments, but from what you learned through the course of your own battle with cancer, what would you like to tell those who fought hard for others on the day the towers fell and are now fighting hard for their own lives?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sean Swarner: The First Cancer Survivor To Climb the Highest Peaks of All Seven Continents

Sean Swarner did more than beat cancer. At age 13, he was diagnosed in what is generally the final stage of Hodgkin’s Sean Swarnerdisease, and doctors gave him three months to live. Sean overcame his illness only to be diagnosed with cancer a second time when a golf ball-sized tumor was found in his right lung. After the Askin’s tumor was removed, Sean was expected to live for less than two weeks. BUT a decade later, with only partial use of his lungs, Sean became famous for being the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest.

Here is his story:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mom’s Cancer Comic Strip by Brian Fies

When Brian Fies’ mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, he created a comic strip about their experience. Here is one of our favorite vignettes:

Superpowers by Brian Fies

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

8 Year Old Jonny Mizzone

These kids will brighten your day. Press “play, cialis ” and be prepared to be amazed!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Breaking Through: Carly Fleischmann Breaks Through Autism

No matter what challenges you may be facing, physician remember that the power of the human spirit is great. We just came upon this story of Carly Fleischmann, prescription a young girl with autism whose desire to connect was so strong that she found a way to break through and communicate with those around her. Also inspiring is the love and dedication of her family members—miracles can happen when we come together and support each other. Enjoy the video!