ANNOUNCEMENT - I #BlameDrewsCancer for Living Strong
So. As you may have heard, I have Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is a form of cancer.
I started BlameDrewsCancer to raise awareness about cancer. Anything after launching the site has been an absolute plus. We’ve raised nearly $3,000 for the American Cancer Society, and $500 for the Make-A-Wish foundation. We’re still looking for sponsors to match $1 for each unique person who blames something on my cancer. (email@example.com)
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There’s a whole community out there that got what Mike and I did.
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So there’s a lot going on. Figured for my own brain and for your wonderment (which is fantastically and amazingly supportive and I appreciate all of it), I would jot down all that is going on in the BlameDrewsCancer world.
- We are announcing an event today that will take place on 9/9/09. Which is Good Energy day.
- We have raised $1,885 for the American Cancer Society through our Facebook Cause page. Unreal. You all are amazing…thank you.
- Mike is wrapping up something twitter and BDC related that will blow your mind guarenteed. When I saw it, I freaked out. A few days and it will show itself. You will be enthralled.
- We are still looking for that big sponsor (or few) who will donate $1 for every unique person who has blamed my cancer. Email me at drdrew @ gmail.com if you are interested please. Spread the word on that one. I am fighting hard to find a great company.
- Mike Demers, Hodgkins survivor and kicker asser who is building all this amazing technology, is seeking a new full time job. The fact that I haven’t found him one yet keeps me awake at night. He is brilliant.
Everyone who has reached out to me, tweeted, and is my friend…I love you. From the bottom of my <3.
They are giving $1 to the American Cancer Society for every single new fan on their Facebook fan page.
All you have to do is click this link, and then become a fan. That’s it. Oh, and also spread the word to all of your friends. You have from now until JUNE 23RD (or we reach 10,000) to make it count!!!!!
How awesome is that? Lets kick cancer’s ass together.
Thank you FreeCreditReport.com, I will now have those themesongs stuck in my head…for like forever….again.
I’m sure you know who I am by now. I’m still getting to know you, actually. And you know what, you’re a real douche. But that’s ok. I’m not angry. Anger doesn’t solve anything.
You chose me to hang out in. Don’t know why, don’t care either.
Your little friends have taken some wonderful people from us. You took my grandmother, and you tried to take my Dad. Not sure why. Don’t care either.
See, there’s a little thing that I have, that you don’t. It’s called Heart. Let me tell you a little bit about it. My heart won’t let me lose. To you, or to anything else. You can’t take my heart from me. Sure, you’ve forced me to take chemo, which will take my hair. It’ll make me sick. You’ll be giggling at me when I’m crying on my bed because my back hurts. But that’s ok. I’m going to get the last laugh :)
I don’t know exactly what you are, or how your posse decided to infiltrate my posse.
But my posse will win.
I’ll write to you from time to time, even though you can’t write back. I hope you’re afraid. And if you have some cancertwitter or canceremail, send this note to your friends:
"That i’m an asshole? Hell, I’ve known that for 29 years."
*whispers* “No….the Cancer” *whispers*
Why do people whisper when they say the word Cancer? Cancer is an awful thing. It has taken people that I care deeply about away from me. And others have gone through the same thing, and with themselves as well.
But why are we afraid to talk about it? Why is a Cancer diagnosis instantly a death sentence? If we want to cure something, why not talk about it….A LOT! And LOUDLY.
Don’t be afraid.
Get up. Yell “CANCER”. Like 10 times. Get used to it. Get it out of your system. Bring it up to loved ones and friends. Read news about cancer breakthroughs, give to charities.
Speak up so I can hear you. And so you can hear yourself.
Well its been about a week and a day since I had my first chemo treatment.
Here’s the rundown.
- I felt like I had the flu.
- Then I didn’t.
- Then I did.
- I slept a lot.
- Then I didn’t.
- My side and back hurt like a mofo. I take 2 tylenol every 6 hours. It helps out.
- Then it doesn’t.
- Now it tastes (as mike demers put it) like a “Robot shit in my mouth”. Kid you not.
At the moment I feel a bit better. My sleep schedule is all screwed up, but the fog has lifted a bit and I don’t feel as flu-ey. My next treatment is on Tuesday at 10am. I’m supposed to speak at the 140conf in NYC at 6ish pm that day about using twitter for good things such as charity. I’m gonna make it there somehow, that’s for sure.
When I signed up a month ago for my first triathlon, it was a no brainer that I would do it with Team In Training. It’s an amazing program devoted to raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. But to be honest, my connection to the cause was a kind of a peripheral one. My mother had breast cancer when I was little, and in the back of my mind I was always running for her, but I personally hadn’t been close to someone dealing with a blood cancer.
Well, a lot of you know Drew Olanoff. He’s one of the warmest, most sincere, and fun people I’ve ever met. In fact, I’m pretty sure I met him on Tumblr, only later to meet him in person at a Mashable event in SF.
A few weeks ago Drew was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I found out last week, and was deeply impacted by the news. To find out a friend or family member (or even yourself) has cancer is something you never want to hear, and can be hard to put in perspective. Personally, it makes me feel helpless. I can certainly offer my support, a hand, a shoulder, but I want to DO SOMETHING.
So here’s my DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT: I’m training for this triathlon for Drew. It’s all for him. Every swim, bike, run, early morning, flat tire, sore muscle, ass-kicking hill - it’s all for him. And every time I feel exhausted from a workout, or don’t want to get out of bed at 6am, you better believe I’m going to BlameDrewsCancer, because if someone can go through chemo, I can get my ass out of bed for a run.
Separately, I’ve switched triathlons (due to one of my best friend’s wedding), and I’m now going to train for the Westchester Triathlon on September 27th instead of the Nation’s Tri earlier in the month.
I hope to raise $5,000, and so far these amazing people have made a contribution to help me get here:
*Since I’ve switched triathlons, their donations won’t show up in the side bar any longer (though their donations will be carried over in a lump sum), but let it be known that they rock for being among the first to lend their support, and are helping the LLS to further develop treatments and preventative medicines so that one day we won’t have to hear the news of a loved one being diagnosed with cancer.
The bigger picture here is that I’m working hard to get companies to support the American Cancer Society and the Make a Wish Foundation by giving a dollar for every unique person who has blamed something on my cancer. So far that # is over 5,000.
I’m blown away.
The smaller picture (but just as important to me personally) is that while I’m out and about or in bed relaxing, I check the tweets and I giggle at the funny ones, and I’m touched by those of you blaming your cancer on mine.
You’re all amazing.
Lets keep it going. If you’re a company and want to be a part of something that people are using to get the word out about Cancer, cancer research, and living with cancer, then please contact me at drdrew at gmail dot com.
I worked and lived in Seattle for a time while I was with Pluggd. Some of that time I lived with my good friend Mike Demers. I didn’t know anything about Seattle, and he took me in. Showed me around. Gave me a place to sleep and feel like home. He’s a Boston guy, so we had the east coast thing in common right away. That and the whole geek thing.
Mike’s a brilliant engineer and web developer who made magic happen previously for Pluggd and previous to that, Amazon.
Mike was my hero.
As I was leaving Seattle in 2007, Mike was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I felt horrible that I wasn’t there for my friend. But Mike beat Hodgkins. Handily.
Mike was my hero….even more so.
On May 20th I texted Mike with “I have Hodgkins”.
He prepared me for all of the tests. He answered every seemingly goofy question I had about chemo, and how it made you feel, and how it was to lose your hair, and other really personal things that scared the living crap out of me. He answered everything. He was upfront and honest.
I told him about my idea for BlameDrewsCancer. I couldn’t think of anyone else that I’d rather work with on it. Not just because he beat Hodgkins, but because he makes ideas come to life on the interwebs.
I asked him if he could do something super simple to bring in some Twitter hashtags.
"I accidentally dialed the snazzy up to 11 on BDC. Last night, I got the idea to make it a protest and I went a little overboard"
I got his email when I came back from my first chemo treatment. As I clicked the link to the site, Mike called at exactly the same time. It loaded up and I started to cry.
"It’s Beautiful" I said.
"Welcome to the Club, this is your Hodgkins present" he replied.
You can blame him for the awesome site, and for being an awesome friend and a cancer obliterator.
That’s exactly what I wanted to say. I had about 10 really smartass things to say back. But I couldn’t. I was frozen. Speechless.
Zip back a few weeks. I had parted ways with Strands, and got the most amazing opportunity with GOGII in LA as Director of Community. Dream job.
A move to LA was imminent. But first, a trip home to Philly to visit the folks and friends on the east coast. I hadn’t gotten to see them much.
I noticed a lump on my neck. Not huge, but being that I’m in lots of pictures and perhaps may look at myself in the mirror a bit, it was noticeable. I talked to my mom about it, she’s a nurse. She suggested it could be anything. An infection, etc. etc.
On my trip home to Philly I decided to stop in to see my family Dr. Hadn’t seen him in a while, plus I wanted to get rid of whatever I had.
He ordered a CTscan and bloodwork immediately. Again, could be anything. Plus I had no symptoms, no sore throat, aches, nothing. Good stuff.
The CTscan showed a mass in my neck and chest. He passed me on to a wonderful Oncologist. He ordered a lymph node removal and biopsy.
I said nothing as the Dr. told me. I was prepared for anything or nothing, but mostly the worst case scenario, since I’m a bit of a hypochondriac.
Tests were ordered to “stage” the Hodgkins. A week went by with a few tests…heart scan, lung test, PETscan, bone marrow biopsy (ow. for reals).
Stage 3, the Oncologist told me before I got my first chemo treatment yesterday. One of 12 over 6 months. Every 2 weeks.
I have Cancer.
Before I was staged, I spoke with a friend of mine about it and shared an idea I had for a site called BlameDrewsCancer. See, I am trying to stay lighthearted and optimistic that since studies show that Hodgkins Lymphoma is 90% curable…I should do SOMETHING.
I’ve been blaming my cancer for everything. Lost keys, wallet, Phillies losing. Sixers picking a bad coach. Twitter going down and/or being slow.
Surely cancer can’t withstand that type of beatdown. But why do it alone? I wanted to welcome ANYONE to blame ANYTHING on MY cancer. I’ll find a nice company or a few who will match each unique person on Twitter who blames something on my cancer using the hashtag #BlameDrewsCancer, with a dollar that will go to the American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.
My life is changed forever.
I have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me.
I also have the best family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers any person could ever wish for.
I will win. And I will dedicate all I have in me to help others who are far worse off than I am, and I will do what I do…educate.
Cancer discussion upsets some people, makes them uncomfortable. It is nothing to run away from. Medicine is amazing these days. Technology is amazing.
GOGII's textPlus for iPhone and iPod touch is ALIVE!!!
You’re about to see why I work with one of the most amazing teams anyone could ever ask to work with.
GOGII has released an awesome iPhone/iPod touch app that lets you have TRUE group conversations with friends over text messages called textPlus. Even if your friends don’t have an iPhone or iPod touch, the GOGII platform will allow them to participate in the conversation. It’s some amazing and exciting stuff.
I’m very proud to be a part of the team.
So please download it, use it, and share it with your friends….and of course let us know what you think. No matter the feedback, please drop us a note at support at gogii dot net.
The official GOGII blog post about textPlus can be found here. Also, check out what David had to say…after textPlus.