Chester

My story begins as a wiry, basketball-loving, bright, and sometimes mischievous kid from Bridgeport, CT. Growing up with just my older sister and mother, mostly, I developed a sense of responsibility and matured faster than most of my peers. This lead to me leading a successful academic career graduating high school and attending the University of Connecticut. During my final semester I began experiencing night sweats and a nagging pain in my left hip. As the story would have it, these were symptoms of Hodgkins Lymphoma.
I would spend the next year battling this disease with everything in me. I've experienced set-backs with my treatment, questioned my morality, and struggled with my self-image. What has gotten me through were the same people I began this journey called life with: my strong support system—my family.
The amount of vulnerability intrinsic to this process of treatment, rest, and recovery forged a unique opportunity to allow my family to show me what it really means to be family. To say this inspired me is an understatement. This experience has lit a fire under me to not only make the most of life, but to make sure they are by my side as I do it. I recognize for this to be possible, I must take my fitness and nutrition seriously. Health is wealth.

 


Jessica

Jessica was diagnosed with brain cancer her junior year of high school.

Her goal is to get back to racing her dirt bike.


Health Benefits of Walking

“Walking is so simple that everyone can do it,” says Austin. “Plus it has tremendous benefits, from supporting a healthy immune system to boosting your metabolism to strengthening your joints, muscles, and bones—not to mention it’s amazing for stress relief and enjoying a little ‘me time.’” Here’s what else you can expect when you start walking for just a half hour every day—that’s less time than it takes to listen to one album on your ear buds!—most days of the week.

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Oskar Lindblom

Lindblom cancer-free one year after diagnosis with Flyers

Forward learned he had Ewing's sarcoma last December

"What a year! 369 days ago we found out that Oskar had cancer, and today we got to know that the scans are clear after his second checkup," Lindblom's girlfriend, Alma Lindqvist, wrote on Instragram on Tuesday. "popping champagne*!!!"

The 24-year-old scored 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 30 games last season before learning he had Ewing's sarcoma Dec. 10, 2019.

Motivated by Lindblom's presence and his fight, the Flyers finished with the fourth-best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference (.645), earning them a berth in the Eastern Conference First Round. They got another boost when it was announced that Lindblom was on their 31-player roster for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Toronto.

Philadelphia opened training camp July 13, 11 days after Lindblom completed his cancer treatment with a ceremonial bell ringing at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. Lindblom returned in Game 6 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders on Sept. 3, his first game since Dec. 7, 2019.

Read More on Oskar's Story


Sean Cowan, Going the Distance

Sean Cowan, a longtime Mission Ambassador, Ultra Marathon Runner and Survivor is taking great strides to raise awareness and funding of the programming provided by Mission to cancer survivors everywhere.  Sean is an advocate of running as a healthy means of staying active and connecting with others at any level.  To join Sean's running group locally or virtually click on the link provided and connect with others who wish to put some miles behind them.

Mission Running Group with Sean Cowan


Amy Jordan, Owner of WundaBar and Cancer Survivor

 / Source: TODAY

When Amy Jordan experienced some symptoms common to cervical cancer, she didn’t recognize them at first. Still, she hoped her annual gynecological exam would put her mind at ease.

“I didn’t think it was that big of a deal,” the 45-year-old founder and CEO of WundaBar, a Pilates studio in New York City and California, told TODAY. “I went in for a regular appointment.”

But her doctor immediately knew something was wrong: Jordan had a 5-centimeter mass on her cervix. Soon, she learned she had a rare, aggressive cervical cancer. While it seemed bleak, Jordan recently received good news: After five months of treatment, she’s cancer-free.

“I had just completed my 90th hour of chemotherapy, was two months post-op and about to wrap 25 daily radiation sessions. I am sharing these very personal photos with you to normalize illness and the start of a human's journey back to health. I didn't want to forget how hard I fought or how sick I was,” she shared on Instagram. “I hope this glimpse into the pain that can co-exist with gratitude helps bring more empathy and understanding to the world.”

 Read the rest of Amy Jordan's story here