• Mike

Three cancer nonprofits that will get you off the couch and put a smile on your face

When I was going through my chemo treatment I was exhausted. It was tiring walking to the mailbox, getting groceries with my mom, and even just going out for a meal. After my treatment and multiple surgeries later, I started to regain my energy and wanted to get off the couch and be outside. I was very lucky that my cancer counselor at Rocky Mountain Cancer center recommended Reel Recovery, friends shared about First Descents, and my good friend Thatcher shared his wonderful stories about Camp Wapiyapi

(1) Reel Recovery is a national non-profit organization that conducts FREE FLY FISHING RETREATS for men living with all forms of cancer. Reel Recovery brought me back to life and taught me many life lessons including how to find peace on the river. I highly recommend anyone that is looking to try something new visit:

(2) First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18 - 39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. If you are looking anything from kayaking to rock climbing check out

(3) Camp Wapiyapi: A summer camp for children facing pediatric cancer and their siblings. Offered at no cost to their families. Every kid deserves an unforgettable camp experience — the chance to run, laugh and play with other children. At Camp Wapiyapi, through week-long summer camp sessions near Woodland Park, children who are dealing with childhood cancer can experience those very things —  at no charge.

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