Foundation Expands Commitment to Survivor Community and Those Effected by Cancer with a Documentary, Wellness Content, and Retreat Experiences, Made Possible by The North Face
Redondo Beach, CA (October 10, 2015) — In honor of upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is proud to continue its commitment to the survivor community with the launch of the digital release of the powerful and inspiring B4BC documentary film, Chasing Sunshine, made possible by The North Face.
Chasing Sunshine follows professional snowboarder Megan Pischke as she embarks on her harrowing journey with breast cancer, opening the door on what it really looks like to go through the rigors of treatments and come out on the other side in a rare and very real account that hasn’t been seen before. In sharing every detail of this personal journey, Megan’s intention is that her story brings hope to others.
“Being so raw and honest feels like the only way to share something as heartbreaking as cancer,” states Megan Pischke. “Through this film, my hope is that I may inspire and educate others about the possibilities we have today in coping with breast cancer and any of life’s challenges.”
Megan was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012, ironically just one month after hosting a B4BC surf and wellness retreat for breast cancer survivors. In the months that followed, Megan invited B4BC to document her experiences with both Western and non-traditional cancer care, including the controversial cold cap therapy, which allowed her to keep her hair despite chemotherapy.
Brought to you by XTreme Video, the film is now available on iTunes today, as well as on Vimeo, Reel House, The Snow Network, and other major platforms. Watch the trailer and all the platforms to rent or buy the film available on XTreme Video website: http://www.x-tremevideo.com/chasing-sunshine
“Megan’s story is an amazing gift to B4BC and to the world, which we are all forever grateful to have and share as a vital part of our foundation’s message moving forward,” said Kathleen Gasperini, a co-founder and the Executive Director of B4BC. “By sharing her story, we have a way to show people the importance of knowing the options towards successful treatments, while providing inspiration on their healing journey.”
Chasing Sunshine, the documentary, is part of a broader B4BC program that builds upon its educational content tailored specifically towards breast cancer patients and survivors, as well as two wellness retreats—mountain and ocean–lead by Megan and her team of facilitators with expertise in massage therapy, yoga, nutritional medicine, life skills coaching, acupuncture, and more. The Chasing Sunshine Project Ocean Retreat ran from September 18-20, in Southern California, for 10 women from across the country who were granted B4BC scholarships. The wellness retreat was made possible through the generous support of The North Face, Murad, and Proof Eyewear. The Chasing Sunshine Mountain Retreat will take place in February, 2015, in Colorado.
To date, B4BC has granted over 70 scholarships to attend weekend wellness experiences in Beaver Creek, CO, Encinitas, CA, Long Island, NY, Rossland, British Columbia, and Yosemite National Park, CA.
To donate and learn more, visit www.b4bc.org
B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. Through grassroots events, year-round educational outreach and the Chasing Sunshine Project, B4BC is able to further its mission of promoting early detection + a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. To learn more, visit B4BC.org
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