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Is There a “Secret” Cancer Cure?

Are you a conspiracy theorist? Do you believe in aliens? Do believe that the JFK assassination was an inside job? Do believe that JFK was killed by aliens?—Okay I am getting carried away here. Do you believe that a cure for cancer exists and it is being hidden by the government? (Or by aliens—sorry, I'm fond of those little folks!) // Well, I’m not going to say I have a lot of information on any of this. I’ve read [...]

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More on Coping with the Stresses of Cancer

Whether you are currently battling cancer or recovering from cancer treatment, your mental health is a huge part of the game. After all, a cancer diagnosis will at the very minimum change up your routine for a few months but will often impact virtually every area of your life; your work, your relationships, your job. So, how will you cope? // Well, I can tell you what has personally helped me over the years. - Hobbies and focusing on [...]

Heidi Matheny’s PBSC Donation – Thinking about donating your bone marrow?

This post is very important for several reasons. One, it may help to answer questions some people may have about donating bone marrow. This example shows that the donation of bone marrow today to save a life is NOT complicated. Additionally, I've been through this process myself. - However, I harvested my own bone marrow for my bone marrow transplant/stem cell transplant back in 1997. And finally, I performed at a Be the Match fundraiser back in 2012 that [...]

Coping with Cancer – Making a Difference in a Cancer Patient’s Life

I remember growing up with cancer had it's difficult times, (no kidding right?) I missed field trips, vacations, swimming in public pools, playing with other kids, etc. - But looking back; I had some of the greatest people ever really help make life a lot better. These people made an effort to cheer me up, give me a better quality of life and in the end overcome cancer! They made my battle, their battle! I fought cancer from 5 till [...]

The 2survive Family: Bringing Those Affected by Cancer 2gether

First off, thank you to all of the followers and supporters of 2survive - I know 2survive is not a multi-million dollar beast of an organization. 2survive doesn’t make a huge profit. 2survive does not sell a ton of merchandise and that is fine, because that is not the focus of 2survive. - 2survive is about bringing people affected by cancer - 2gether! - And that’s what 2survive is doing! // I remember building the 2survive website in 2011. [...]

A Marine Fighting the Battle of a Lifetime: A Survivor’s Story

The other day while going about my usual online duties, checking stats, writing blogs, reading emails, I received an email from a man diagnosed with brain cancer, Scott. It came in on the 2survive Facebook Fan page. Scott was looking to connect with anyone that might be going through treatment for brain cancer. Not only had Scott been diagnosed with brain cancer, but at the doctor's office, the day he was diagnosed, his fiancée decided this was a battle she [...]

Homemade Music Video for Ryan Hamner’s Song “Give it Up” Made While at Home Recovering

// // For those that know me, well, you probably know that I’m not at all a perfect man; or even close. - But I am a Christian and throughout my battle with cancer, my faith has helped me through so much. Please take a minute and watch a short homemade video I made for my song, “Give it Up” while recovering at home from pericarditis, myocarditis, pneumonia and a blood clot in January, 2013.

Ryan’s Keynote Speech from the “Hear the Heart” Tour of Summer 2010

In summer of 2010, I was fortunate enough to embark on my "Hear the Heart" tour, which was sponsored by HopeLab; makers of the game Re-Mission which is a video game for young people with cancer. (Did I mention it rocks?) This tour was one of the most memorable times of my life. I was a broke musician for one - but I was also touring hospitals, clinics, children's camps and you name it, performing for survivors and those affected [...]

Relay for Life Fundraiser – Heidi Matheny

Relay For Life is a celebration of life in honor of those touched by cancer. As the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, funds are raised for the American Cancer Society’s programs of research,education, advocacy and service – programs that can reduce cancer deaths andcancer incidence, and improve the quality of life for those touched by cancer. It is a true community event where people of all ages and from all walks oflife come together for a common cause. [...]

“Survivors Survive” – Being Played Around the World and Reaching Others

The story of "Survivors Survive" is a crazy one if you have read any of my other blogs about the song and how it came to be. I won't go into all of the details; however, I would like to talk about how this song has touched thousands and sent out a message that continues to "deliver". In 2011, shortly after recording this song, I wanted desperately to do a video, but at the time couldn't pay for the type [...]