cancer awareness

#ThisBodyBeatCancer There are a lot of misconceptions about cancer and the body. For example, your relationship with your body doesn’t completely change when you get sick. Cancer doesn’t swipe away normal issues of self image. And being sick for sure doesn’t always mean losing weight. This is me. No makeup, no tan, port scars, peach fuzz, and curves. It’s hard to hear people say “wow you didn’t lose any weight!” or “you’ll get your body back!” But for the last 7 months all I’ve been doing is fighting to survive. I’ve been eating as best as I possibly can. I’ve been meeting with a trainer for the last two months. My weight fluctuates. But I’m here to say, loud and proud, that this body beat cancer. Can’t that be enough for now? So, survivors, I want you to take a moment & stop beating yourself up about whatever body woes you have. Spread the love. Post on Tumblr, Insta, Facebook, Snapchat, whatever, & share how your body makes you proud.Your body beat cancer. Congratulations.

And, at last, I finally reveal what all these cute little animals are for…..

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d love to introduce you to a very brave little boy.  His name is Shane Metzgar, and he is currently undergoing treatment for alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.  It is a rare cancer that develops during childhood.

He is not even one year old.

I am presently open for $5 USD “derpy” animal commissions to support “Baby Shane’s Fight Against Cancer.”  You can read the entire story at the Metzgar’s fundraising page.

Baby Shane’s Fight Against Cancer

Above are a few samples of what I am drawing for this event.  Simple line and flat colors; no heavy-duty digital painting, or highly developed backgrounds.

However, $10 USD will get you:
a.) 2 animals!  or
b.) one animal, and one plant (example:  A penguin chick by snowdrop flowers).

Basically: $5 USD per graphical element.

Here is what you will get:
A high-resolution JPEG or PNG (your choice) that you can print at leisure (no larger than 8 x 10 inches).

Your commission request will also be added to our Society6 shop for continued fundraising.  The proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

I am highly discouraging original characters for this particular event due to intellectual property issues.  However, if you insist, and would like to have your original character support this cause, then I will comply.  :)  Otherwise–anything goes.


That’s it!

If you are interested in a commission and are willing to help me raise money for this cause, please send me a note/message/Ask via Tumblr.  We’ll go from there.

Other ways to help: If you do not want a commission, but would still like to donate–then by all means, donate!  If you can do NEITHER, I am kindly asking you to reblog this.  It would mean a great deal to get this as far out in the open as possible.  I have always wanted to use my art in this way–to give back to the community, and to help others out that are in great need.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your support!

The Truth About Cancer

I doubt you know the truth about cancer. I will let you in on a little secret.

What they say are the worst parts of getting cancer:

  • Losing your hair
  • Being in the hospital constantly
  • Loosing weight
  • Nausea
  • Blood drawls
  • Always being cold
  • Knowing you could die
  • Not having energy

What I KNOW are the worst parts of getting cancer:

  • Being looked at differently
  • Gaining weight (due to the steroids they put us on)
  • Stretchmarks
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Having energy, but not being allowed to go anywhere or do anything.
  • Missing school
  • Shots
  • Having your port accessed 
  • People treating you differently
  • Being bald.
  • Your face is often red
  • You can’t wear tight shirts or sports bras
  • Sleeping in a hospital is nearly impossible

So the next time you see someone who has cancer, don’t go all sympathetic on them. How would you feel if you walked in to school one day, and everyone looked at you and acted towards you differently. You’d feel extremely self-conscious. And when you have gained nearly 40 lbs. thanks to stupid medicines your doctors say will make your tumor shrink faster; you have no eyebrows, no eyelashes, and no hair; and when you are not allowed to work out or diet to lose any of this access weight they gave you no option but to gain; you really feel like the ugliest human being on the face of the Earth. Every compliment you get saying “You’re Beautiful” or “You’re so strong.” you know are out of pity. You know that can see the difference in you. You know they are only saying it because you are bald, or because you might die. You know that they don’t really mean it. So I dare you, next time you see someone with cancer, treat them as you would treat anyone. Don’t be nice to them because they are sick. Treat them how you treated them before they were sick. Because one of these days, I will have my hair back. I will lose the weight. But are you still going to treat me as you did when I didn’t have hair? I doubt it. It will go back to how it was, when everyone hated me. When rumors were spread, and people would avoid me in halls. When I sat alone at lunch and when I was the last person to finish running the mile in gym class. Just because I have cancer doesn’t mean I will die, so why should you treat me like I’m going to die because I have cancer?

Why are makeup companies able to give breast cancer patients toxic products?

No industry has aligned itself more closely with the breast cancer movement than the cosmetics industry. It’s long flooded the market with pink ribbon products: pink ribbon lipstick, pink ribbon nail polish, pink ribbon perfume. 

Yet while they prominently claim to care about women with breast cancer, their pink ribbon products all too often actually increase risk of the disease – and, as if that’s not bad enough, they’re also pushing toxic products on women in active cancer treatment | Read More

You know what bums me out? That this month is childhood cancer awareness month but literally no one knows about it.. And next month is breast cancer awareness, and it’s going to be EVERYWHERE. (Which ISN’T a bad thing by any means) but where are all the football players going gold for the kids? Just something to think about.

You can donate here:

  • Rayo’s 2015-16 away kit with “society’s unsung heroes”:

red for those fighting cancer, orange for disabled people, yellow for people with depression, green for those fighting to protect the environment, blue against child abuse, pink for gender based violence and with those who fight against sexual orientation discrimination

  • 7€ of each shirt will be shared equally between the associations chosen to represent each cause
  • Subscriptions 2015-16:

1€ from every season ticket, 8€ from each season ticket of a ‘Simpatizante and Simpatizante plus’ (supporter) will go to associations

  • Also Rayo are supporting cancer with a pink band on their 3rd Kit
Bruin Banter 2016 - Episode 6: Valorie Kondos Field (part 1) -
In Part 1 of a special two-part edition of Bruin Banter, head coach Valorie Kondos Field opens up about her battle with breast cancer.

Get ready for all the feels with this one. Miss Val talks all about her breast cancer and why she kept quiet about it. You also see a much more sensitive side of Nush in this episode.

Hello my name is Samuel and I’m 20 years old. I’m going to Michigan State University and studying physiology. I love music, hiking, and spending time with my friends and family :) I’m looking forward to this upcoming bike adventure to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. My grandmother recently passed away from this specific cancer and I genuinely hope to help others suffering from this deadly disease.