Living on One Dollar

Have an hour to spare for enlightenment? Watch as four young friends set out to live on just a dollar a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger and parasites, as they attempt to understand how 1.1 billion people survive at this level on a daily basis. I’ve seen a lot of similar sights in Tanzania, and throughout many of my travels to Southeast Asia. And, there are plenty in the United States who face similar challenges, too. On this Earth Day, my hope is that sharing this documentary will make viewers repair, reuse, and recycle the things we’re lucky to have.

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Patagonia's "The Cleanest Line" Catches up with Photographer Ben Moon

Adventure photographer Ben Moon is interviewed by Patagonia’s blog, The Cleanest Line. He discusses his cancer survivorship, saying, “I’m continually inspired by human emotion and how we’re in a constant state of growth and change. I survived colorectal cancer several years ago and that had a profound influence on how I connect with others.” He brings up great points about the importance of a support system while going through diagnosis, treatment, and life after cancer, and it’s amazing to see such a strong guy act so humble. Read more of his interview in the link above.

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Life, Interrupted: Finding My Cancer Style

One of the things I look forward to is reading Suleika Jaouad’s very honest and beautifully-written blog in the New York Times every week. This week, she talks about losing her hair, and eventually finding a style all her own while in the fight of her life.

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Doctor and Cancer Survivor Prepares to Hike Kilimanjaro

One of my teammates, Dr. Chasse Bailey-Dorton, got a write-up in her local newspaper about our Survivor Summit climb. I’m so happy and honored to start the trek up Kilimanjaro with this strong woman in less than five weeks! See you soon, Chasse!

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Given just eight weeks before dying from cancer, Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY speech is undoubtedly inspiring. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was officially founded later that year by ESPN to honor this legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. In the nearly 20 years that have passed since, the foundation has raised more than $115 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It also awards 100% of all new direct cash donations and net proceeds from events directly to cancer research and related programs. I know I’ll be powered to climb Kilimanjaro for LIVESTRONG with his amazing and relentless mantra in mind: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

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The 365 Run Mission

LIVESTRONG grassroots fundraiser Jax Mariash is inspiring. Jax has run every day for the last 364 days and has logged over 3,000 miles in 54 cities, 15 states, and two countries. She runs in honor of her stepfather’s passing and for all those affected by cancer. She chose to raise money to benefit LIVESTRONG because of their comprehensive ability “to help someone from the second that they (are) diagnosed with tools and aid…to when they are in remission and trying to get back on their feet.” Tomorrow is her last day of running, but you can still check out her blog at: www.run365daysnarow.tumblr.com

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I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours—his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear—is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.
Vince Lombardi
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Life, Interrupted

"Cancer magnifies the in-betweenness of young adulthood," says Suleika Jaouad. “You’re not a child anymore, yet you’re not fully ready to live in the adult world, either. After my diagnosis, I moved back into my childhood bedroom. And as I get sicker, I increasingly rely on my parents to take care of me. But at the same time, I’ve had no choice but to grow up fast. Daunting questions that most of my peers won’t have to consider for many more years have become my urgent, everyday concerns: How will I hold onto health insurance if I’m unable to work? Will I be able to have children? How long will I live?”

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We shall not cease from exploring, and at the end of our exploration we will return to where we started and know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot

(via inhabitude)

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Lisa's reflections on summitting Kilimanjaro and raising over $10,000 for cancer programs and services at LIVESTRONG.