3 posts tagged nature
Today we honor recent breast cancer survivor, Laura Milstead and how she’s giving back to her fellow survivor community. Laura shares our compassion to support the breast cancer community through nature-based wellness experiences that enhance a survivor’s path of healing and long-term survivorship; and she’s doing just that through a Yosemite Wellness Retreat, May 17-19.
As a part of the B4BC Survivorship Fund we’ve been working in tandem these past few months with Laura to help support her efforts! Follow the link below for more on her personal battle with cancer & the retreat…
(Pic: Laura on a hiking adventure at Yosemite last summer, 2012)
These past few days on the road have been action-packed up along the Northern CA Coast. Our Check One, Two Campus Tour landed at UC-Santa Cruz yesterday for a wet, yet excellent day of educational outreach. It rained much of the day, but that didn’t stop us or the students at UCSC from stopping by our booth to educate themselves about early detection and prevention.
Following our campus activation, Katelynn and I explored the redwood forest that is literally situated on the UCSC campus. It was an incredible and a fun way for us to stay active & connected to nature on the road. (Side Note: UCSC’s mascot is the “Banana Slug”. Those slimers were everywhere on our hike—see photo below!)
These past couple of days we were also stoked to connect with our team riders Sage Erickson & Malia Manuel in Santa Cruz at the O’Neill Coldwater Classic for some of the surf action at Steamer Lane.
We capped off yesterday at the Lane with an incredible sunset.
Today we’re cruising back down the coast and heading home before we finish up our Campus Tour next week!
Sending good vibes from the road and we’ll check in again next week….
Blair & Katelynn // B4BC
It’s Personal for B4BC’s intern Shannon Dieringer - a long-time supporter of B4BC, South Bay native and healthy, active girl! Read her story here:
I’ve always believed that nature is the best dose of medicine, like one big band-aid. Unfortunately not everyone has access to such amenities. The ability to provide recreational experiences so others could share in my vision has become a passion of mine. My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice and I’m very thankful that she survived both instances. When my grandfather lost the battle against brain cancer I quickly found my second passion…finding a way to prevent cancer.
I discovered a way to unite my two passions and quickly began pursuing my degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Cal State University - Long Beach. Therapeutic Recreation uses activities such as surfing to facilitate healing and growth. What better a place to quiet your mind than the ocean or a snowy mountain? Nature is so inspiring and when people are inspired, great things happen.
I have followed B4BC since high school, and when they relocated to my hometown of the South Bay, I knew I had to be a part of the cause. After working at E.T. Surfboards for 5 years, I decided to pursue my dream of being a part of the fight against breast cancer. I am excited to share my vision, and bring the action sports community together in support of B4BC’s amazing cause.
Shannon’s background in therapeutic recreation and healthy, active pursuits will be contributing greatly to B4BC’s Survivorship Fund and end-of-summer Surf/SUP ReTreat for breast cancer survivors. You will also find her rallying teams for local SUP races as the B4BC Brigade continues to grow. We’re stoked to have you in the mix, girl!
If you’d like to tell us why It’s Personal for you, please send your story, in written or video form, to firstname.lastname@example.org!