04 Jun F*Cancer 2019: “Fighters” – The Silver Moon Community
Welcome to the 2019 F*Cancer Blog – “Fighters”
This is a raw, unedited look in to the lives of those that have been personally affected by cancer. We wanted to be able to use our resources as a platform for individuals to share their take and outlook on a terrible disease. This nine week program will feature a different fighter each Friday leading up to the launch of the 2019 F*Cancer program in June. We stand with all those who have been affected and want to make positive strides to further education, awareness, and support. The F*Cancer Program has officially launched! As we head into a Summer full of fundraising and education, we are excited to share our last F*Cancer blog post. It has been inspiring and rewarding for us to tell the stories of individuals across the country who have fought against cancer. This last post is in honor of the remaining countless stories that we received. We hope that this does them justice and gives them a platform to inspire countless others.
“We are all Fighters”
Over the course of the last few months, we have heard from many different individuals regarding their journey and battle throughout the course of their lives. We have shared tears, laughter, and hopeful thoughts of the many years to come. Cancer is not pretty. It is not something that should be hushed or have a pretty bow tied around it in the sake of public comfort. It is a terrible disease that has shook the lives of billions of individuals across the world. Whether it be your own personal journey, or the journey of someone you have loved your entire life, this is a public, very real fight.
There were many individuals who submitted stories such as Jeanne Belsky who was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago. She was fortunate to have detected it when she did. While the early diagnosis was helpful to her recovery, it did not come without struggle and pain. With the lower lobe of her right lung being removed and a scheduled surgery to remove the upper section of her right lung, this is a battle that is far from over. She is comforted by the support of her family including her daughter Christine. They are not done with her yet and she is far from done fighting.
We also heard from Chrystal Otto. At 37 years old and a mother to a seven year old child, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After 17 rounds of chemo and five surgeries, cancer may have taken her breasts and her hair, but not her life or her fire to continue her life journey. Today she is cancer free and spends every day living life to the fullest and enjoying the time she has with her family.
Michelle Harmon is still fighting her battle. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, she has been on a journey to eradicate the disease ever since. After many hard months, she found that in her experience your health is sometimes something that you have to take into your own hands. She has traveled to Mexico for several treatments and is continuously looking for new ways to better handle her fight and provide for a bright future. With less cancer showing up each month, she is optimistic for a bright future ahead.
This is just a glimpse at the stories of thousands of other individuals who are battling each day. While it is an honor to share a glimpse into the lives of the individuals behind these stories, we hope that we can provide a larger platform to share the full stories in years to come.
The employees and staff of Silver Moon Brewing, through the F*Cancer program, have been on a mission to spread education and develop tight-knit communities as a resource for those who need help. We do this through what we do best, beer. While the F*Cancer IPA, merchandise, and events are a means of supporting the program and providing funds for research, it is not our purpose to sell the F*Cancer beer for the program and our own benefit. A wise man by the name of Bob Mcmenamin (founder of Mcmenamin’s Pubs and Hotels) once said, “people who drink beer are intelligent, caring conversationalists and enjoy good company”. Our goal is to engage a community of individuals that share a passion for craft beer to continue talking. To keep pushing the envelope of the socially acceptable standard when talking about hard topics such as Cancer. We will not be silent, we will continue our mission, we will continue to fight.