Month #1 was quite difficult. On top of the exercise itself, I faced a number of setbacks which made things even harder. This blog entry is going to introduce you to the 3 major challenges I faced, all of which will get their own blog post later on this year! The three big hurdles that hit me were: testosterone, injury, and diet.
Today is International Women's Day and we need to recognize the important role women play in our lives, especially when it comes to our health - whether it’s fighting the dreaded man-cold, or something more serious like testicular cancer. I can tell you from personal experience, women have LITERALLY saved my life, and made me the best version of myself.
February 5, 2017 marked the fourth annual Supper Ball event at the Hudson's downtown location. The football game sure was a real nail-biter, with the New England Patriots winning the game 34-28 in overtime. This year's Super Ball featured great prizes, a yummy burger bar and of course the signature Oneball orange balloons and hats.
Thanks to the generosity of everyone that was able to attend, we raised $3,300! Considering it was -20 degrees, we appreciate those who were able to come out and celebrate with us. Thank you to Hudson's as well for the amazing food and the space we were able to use!
Congratulations to all of our prize winners!
- Dustin Horne won the 50/50
- Drew Hall won the WestJet raffle
- Casey Greabeiel, Ryan Heath, Avery Reiterwon and Suzanne Hathaway won the squares game
- Clay Finkbiner won the props sheets
This event would not be possible without our amazing sponsors. Oneball would like to give a big thank you to WestJet, Hudsons Pub and Keyera. Thank you again to everyone who came out and helped to raise funds for Oneball. We hope to see you all again next year!
Another semester of ball-filled events at the University of Calgary has come to an end. This year Oneball UCalgary launched Testicular Cancer Awareness Week to promote the need for self-checks of testicular cancer in males.
Oneball UCalgary hosted the Sackdown 3.0 dodgeball tournament to raise awareness and funds for testicular cancer by partnering with the Dino's swim team.
“It’s great to see the academic community come together to raise awareness for a great cause. With every tournament we host, our name is becoming increasingly known amongst the different populations. It’s been a blast so far” said UCalgary President Reid Collins.
“I’m very proud and excited to see how far we have come in just a year. Students around campus know who we are now and Oneball UCalgary is doing a fantastic job reaching out to the student body” says Oneball UCalgary founder and VP of Health Igor Stukalin.
The Dino's swimming team partnered up with Oneball UCalgary to raise awareness and funds for testicular cancer. The boys were feeling quite ballsy, sporting their speedos and Christmas ornaments around campus while handing out handy Oneball testicular cancer self-check cards and collecting money. The Dino's swim team raised $600 over the course of just two hours!
On a related awesome note, Oneball has expanded to Mount Royal University! Oneball UCalgary helped set up the framework for the Oneball MRU club by equipping the chapter with the necessary merchandise and event plans. Mount Royal is looking forward to getting the ball rolling with some fantastic testicular events of their own next semester.
Until next time, BALL OUT.
Ready... set... pitch!
Social Venture Partners Calgary (SVPC) Fast Pitch competition offers nonprofit leaders the opportunity to make a three-minute pitch for a number of amazing prizes valued at over $20,000[NI1] . For two months, 22 nonprofit leaders are coached by SVPC members to hone their ideas for social innovation into a final three-minute pitch, in hopes that they will be selected as one of the 10 Fast Pitch finalists. This year’s Fast Pitch final takes place on November 3 at TELUS Spark.
Our very own president of Oneball, Chris Lloyd, was one of the 13 nonprofit leaders selected [NI2] to participate in the Fast Pitch competition. Chris found the two months of coaching to be a unique and invaluable experience, saying, "it was a HUGE privilege to be a part of the SVPC Fast Pitch competition. On top of learning about all the incredible work charities are doing in our city, I really got the chance to build a great pitch that really captures what Oneball is all about. I look forward to using parts of this pitch everywhere Oneball goes in the future!"
A video of Chris' practicing his pitch at home can be seen below. It showcases some of the bold ideas that Oneball’s constantly striving towards. As Chris says in the pitch, "we're ballsy and we’re going to constantly challenge the status quo by doing everything we can to build awareness, save lives and help everyone involved in a patient's cancer journey."
While, unfortunately, Oneball was not chosen to be one of the Fast Pitch finalists, we were offered the opportunity to attend the finals and set up a booth to raise awareness for our great cause. So please come check out the competition this Thursday, where you will see Accessible Housing, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Calgary Keys To Recovery Society, HIV Community Link Society, Highbanks Society, Made by Momma, Siksika White Buffalo, Preventative Social Services, and Simon House Residence Society pitch their balls off for a chance at some incredible prizes! And while your there, come say hello at the Oneball booth.
This is Darwin. Darwin is a curious, energetic, sock thieving 10 month old puppy that my girlfriend and I picked up back in July of last year. As you can probably guess by the picture, this dog is quite the people charmer. DISCLAIMER: I might be a bit of a biased puppy parent. Upon meeting you, Darwin will wag his tail uncontrollably to the point where he loses control of his entire backside, before finally plopping down at your feet demanding belly rubs. He’s not much of a guard dog, but that’s what locks on your door are for, right?
Darwin has lived a pretty great life so far, and I’m almost positive that he has more likes on Instagram than I do. Back in January however, my girlfriend and I had to grapple with a pretty big issue: neutering. In case you haven't read your dictionary lately, neutering is “the process where they remove the entire or a portion of an animal’s sexual organs.” We were talking about removing my little fur buddy’s balls – a pretty traumatic experience in a little puppy’s life.
When talking about getting him neutered, we asked questions like how will this affect his growth? Will his personality change? What if he (we) wanted puppies one day? I was actually very scared about someone operating and removing a part of him, even though there were many very good reasons for him to get neutered. But how could I do this to my little puppy? Much to my own surprise, this experience really got me thinking about my own experiences with having balls removed and how it has impacted my life.
On July 12, 2006, at age 18, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The next day was a flurry of activity where I had to store sperm, meet with doctors and undergo emergency surgery to remove my left testicle which had grown to 16 x 8 cm in diameter. This was an incredible shock to me as a healthy young man, and like any cancer patient’s journey, I had my good days and my bad days. One of the worst days was when I was 23; I had been remission for 4 and a half years which is just 6 months before I’d be clinically considered “cured” of cancer when they found a second lump in my remaining testicle. What that meant was that like father, like puppy son, I had also grappled with the traumatic issue of having balls removed. The interesting thing is that I remember asking myself the EXACT the same questions that I was asking when my puppy was getting neutered, with the exception of “having puppies” being “having children.” I remember the mind of my 18 and 23 year old self flashing forward to what my life might look like after cancer, and these thoughts ranged from I’ll never be able to put on muscle, I’ll never be able to have good sex again, through to some more depressing thoughts like no woman will ever love me and I’ll never be able have children and carry on the family name. I think we all have a tendency to think about what the worst possible outcomes might be when faced with a situation like this – I know I certainly did – but slowly I began to learn that those thoughts were completely unrealistic.
So the real question I’m sure you’re all asking by now is, what is life actually like having no balls? If you ask Darwin, he is still living an incredibly fulfilling and cushy puppy lifestyle, complete with impromptu tug-o-wars over stolen socks and plenty of belly rubs. He is absolutely the same incredible dog as the day we got him, and nothing that I see or feel about him has changed at all. If you ask me, life has been great. Since my second testicle was removed, I’ve gone on testosterone therapy and have been steadily putting on muscle, found an incredible girl who doesn’t really care about my more “aerodynamic” package, and have since learned that having children is definitely not an impossible feat through procedures like in-vitro fertilization. It has even led to my personal motto of “it takes precisely zero balls to make difference.” Life on the other side of having your testicles removed, for both of us, has been completely normal, even though it might not seem like it will be when you’re in the moment.
Personally, I think testicular cancer survivors can take a page from our canine compatriots when it comes to dealing with the removal of testicles. Many male dogs live long and happy lives bringing joy to everyone around them without the need of testicles, and that’s exactly how I intend to go about it as well. If I were to go back and give my 18 year old self some advice, I think it would be don’t panic, look at the cute puppies and pay attention - you might just learn something.
Happy International Puppy Day, and in the words of Bob Barker “help control the pet population - have your pets spayed or neutered!”
Currently, testicular cancer patients receive medical follow-up for many years after undergoing chemo-therapy. The latest research findings indicate that this follow-up may no longer be necessary after two years.
In 2012, Oneball supported and funded a proposal to create a database and registry of patients with testicular cancer where medical professionals could assess patient outcomes, prognostic factors and better delineate clinical questions that are were unclear. The latest research study to use the database was the Conditional Survival of Patients with Metastatic Testicular Germ Cell Tumors Treated With First-Line Curative Therapy, which found that CT scans are no longer needed for testicular cancer patients two years after undergoing chemo-therapy.
The study found that the biggest jump in probability of survival happens in the first two years after chemo-therapy. Specifically, it found that conditional overall survival after two years improved by two per cent in the favourable risk group, by five per cent in the intermediate risk group and 22 per cent in the poor risk group.
As to what these results show, study co-author, and Oneball VP of Health, Igor Stukalin explains that they demonstrate, “the probability of MT-GCT patients staying alive is excellent after surviving and remaining disease free for over two years after diagnosis, regardless of their initial risk stratification.”
This discovery should not be understated. Corresponding author of the study, and Oneball Board of Director, Dr. Daniel Heng touches on the significance and impact of this discovery, saying, “this study has implications on how patients are managed after receiving curative first line therapy for MT-GCT. The results display that CT scans may not be needed after two years post-chemotherapy, which could change the way that we follow our patients around the world.”
Oneball is proud to have supported such an important research study. The results of this study will positively impact testicular cancer patients around the globe. Hopefully, this finding will open the door for further collaboration and cancer-based research opportunities.
To read the full Conditional Survival of Patients with Metastatic Testicular Germ Cell Tumors Treated With First-Line Curative Therapy article, click here.
On Sunday February 5, Oneball fundraised and celebrated the most American day of the year, Super Bowl Sunday. And in case you didn’t hear, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24 – 10 to win the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
This year Oneball expanded its fundraising efforts for the Super Bowl, which is better known as the Super Ball to Oneballers. While the main event was still at Hudsons Downtown, we had several betting games at the Crowfoot and Shawnessy locations of Hudsons as well. Through the 85 people at the Downtown location and the betting games at the other locations we were able to raise over $5,300!
Big thanks to our gracious host Hudsons who allowed us to take over the backroom at the Downtown location as well as expand our fundraising efforts to the Crowfoot and Shawnessy locations. Promisingly, even though the Crowfoot and Shawnessy locations were not full-blown Super Ball events they were still able to contribute over $500 to the Super Ball fundraising total. This shows that while the growth of a testicle can be bad, the growth of the Super Ball can be great!
And where would we be without our Oneball UCalgary volunteers? This was the smoothest [run] Super Ball yet and Oneball UCalgary had a huge part in it. So thank you so much Oneball Ucalgary for helping us shave [time and some of the hassle] off [of the running of] the Super Ball.
Ultimately, the Super Ball doesn’t happen without the contributions of many individuals and organizations. As the saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. In this case the child, and the whole village, was fed by a single sponsor. As Oneball President Chris Lloyd says, “This year our annual Superball event really reached new heights and could not have been possible without our incredible student volunteers, the fantastic staff at Hudsons, and the incredibly generous donation from Keyera. So many people’s eyes lit up when I mentioned that they would have UNLIMITED appetizers, which was the direct result of Keyera’s donation. Keyera has been a consistent and strong believer of this event and we were grateful that they were able to help us knock it out of the park again!”
A final thank you goes out to everybody who showed up and donated money to our worthy cause. We hope you had a ball, we had a Super Ball! Pun intended. Hope to see everyone next year!
The month of November has been nothing short of exciting for Oneball's UofC chapter. Our volunteers and executives have been working day and night to make our events run smoothly, and their work has paid of immensely. Both the testicular cancer awareness week and dodgeball tournament were massively successful in promoting testicular cancer awareness. These events made November Oneball UCalgary's most rewarding month to date!
Testicular cancer awareness week, held in Macewan Student Centre from November 16-20, aimed to promote awareness and the need for self-checks of testicular cancer in males. Cards highlighting how to properly self-check for abnormalities were distributed throughout the popular university venue. Pairs of balls were also hung up with these cards across the University campus’ hot spots, to help promote Oneball to the general university population.
Volunteer Reid Collins states, "Not many clubs on campus advertise in this way. Personally, I'd be intrigued by big blue and yellow balls hanging from a tree. It's all about evoking curiosity and spreading awareness."
Our dodgeball event, the Oneball Ucalgary Sackdown, kicked off on November 20 and was the Calgary chapter's most successful event, rallying more than 100 individuals together to promote the significance of the disease. Congratulations to Big Bang Balls who won the event, and a huge thanks to everyone who came to spread awareness of testicular cancer.
"For their first ever dodgeball tournament here at the university, it really beat my expectations. To have 12 teams participating is a feat in itself," student Max Kurapov said after taking home gold. He went on to say "the atmosphere was unbelievable. Oneball has great potential to further their awareness across campus with events like this." And it’s not just Max that feels this way, other students see the value in these types of awareness events as well. Sarah Albers believes these events make testicular cancer easier to speak about publicly, saying, "Despite being such a deep and saddening type of cancer that is often not discussed, Oneball has made the topic more approachable with their incorporation of fun filled events like this."
Igor Stukalin, Oneball Ucalgary president, is extremely pleased with how much the student chapter of the charity has been able to achieve in such a short time, commenting that “it is fantastic to see how far Oneball UCalgary has come since its introduction at the UofC in September, and we are excited to continue growing and getting more students involved.”
As the semester winds down, we would like to thank the executives, volunteers and University of Calgary students for helping make Oneball Ucalgary’s first semester a very successful one. There's still plenty left in the sack, and we hope to see you out there!
And before you go, make sure to check out the rest of the Oneball Ucalgary Sackdown photos below!
With 2015 coming to a close, it would be silly for us not acknowledge and mention our longest running event, the Head Shave and Fundraiser Auction. This year’s Head Shave raised over $20,000!
Yuk Yuk’s, once again, allowed us to get hair everywhere while raising money to give testicular cancer a kick in the groin, and for that we are supremely grateful. Who did the hair come from, you may ask. It’s a fantastic question with an equally great answer! Below are the amazing individuals who lost their locks for loot:
To our shavees Glenda, Michael, George and Chris, a big thank you goes out to each of you. Without you, there would be no heads in our Head Shave. We hope each of you found it personally rewarding, and we would love to have you back next year!
Speaking of what makes the Head Shave tick, or rather talk, Ryan Smith, our auctioneer for the evening, was as quick, energetic and witty as ever. Ryan, while we get old, your auctioneering skills do not!
A special thank you must also go out to our wonderful sponsors, whom without we would not be able to put this event on year after year. We encourage you to check out and buy everything you can from all the sponsors shown below:
And ultimately, this event would not be possible without the hardworking volunteers that make the show go. In particular, the Oneball UCalgary volunteers not only stood out visually with their vivid orange Oneball hats, but also stood a step above the rest by being the most helpful and courteous people at the event. We hope this is the first of many thank yous that we are privileged to send your way.
Who knew that loot, locks and laughter combine in such a powerful way to fight testicular cancer? We did, and hopefully now you do too. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, when the Head Shave will be bigger, better and balder than ever!
*For the event recap and photos of the Head Shave, please check out our Facebook page
The month of September has been a blur for the University of Calgary Oneball Chapter. The execs of the chapter have been hard at work planning events, advocating and recruiting members during Clubs Week at the U of C. We're happy to say that the month has been a rousing success.
Our booth in the Macewan Student Centre for Clubs Week was the biggest focus of our time for the month of September. The club was recruiting new members every day for hours, and the potential student members were excited to learn more. “The people running the booth were so engaging,” said Leslie Truong, a university student, who went on to say, “I liked the hats, they were a great incentive to get involved.”
Other students like Christian Hazel were excited to see the club, saying “I think it’s time some students started talking about testicular cancer,” adding that “the booth was super bright, the exec were eager to engage students and the hats were awesome!” Even members of the student body who didn’t join the club were eager to see what was going on.
We’re extremely excited to have more than 60 new Oneball Ucalgary chapter members, and can’t wait to see how far we can go. September 30th was the welcome night for new members, and at that meeting we started to get down to the business of talking about balls.
ONEBALL SUPER BOWL PARTY
Come join the fun at Hudsons Downtown Calgary for Super Bowl XLIX, the 49th Edition of the Super Bowl Championship Game! Once again, the party will be for the benefit of the Oneball Charitable Cancer Organization (www.oneball.ca). Support a Great Cause and have a blast!
- Located at Hudsons Downtown Calgary (1201 5th Street SW)
- Facebook Event
- Appetizers to be provided by Keyera Corp.
- Show up early to place bets (buy squares, fill out props sheets, buy 50/50 tickets, etc.)
- Kick-off is at 4:30 PM MST
- Katy Perry / Lenny Kravitz halftime show
- Prizes to be paid in cash at the end of the game
A special Thank you goes out to Hudsons Tap House and the Keyera Corporation for helping sponsor this event!
In an effort to support our brothers in balls Check One Two, oneball is challenging corporate Calgary to grab their "love grenades" for testicular cancer! Tweet us at @oneballcharity with your best groin grab picture! Be sure to nominate a friend today with the hashtag #feelingnuts.
Please also check out the hashtag #KickingCancersAss as Calgary's own Brett Wilson goes a second round in Kicking Cancer's Ass! We're all behind you Brett.
Here are some of our board members in action #feelingnuts:
Jason surrounded by his children and many "One Balls".
Nick #feelingnuts in a lovely vineyard.
Chris #feelingnuts in his smoking jacket and lounge chair by the fire.
The time has come to give testicular cancer its fourth annual punch to the groin. The infamous Oneball Head Shave event is back!
The brave souls who have volunteered to raise money and get their heads shaved:
The floods that postponed our event have give our shavees some extra time to grow their luscious locks. This is gonna be a hairy affair. Don't miss it!
Hello, my name is Gibson Cole and I am here to punch cancer in the groin. In September of 2011 while on my honeymoon I was a little dismayed to find a lump in my left testicle. Upon our return home, my wife Tracy and I went to the doctor's to get it looked at and things happened pretty fast from there. We were told it was very likely testicular cancer and that I would be scheduled for a surgery within the week to get it removed-to become a "one baller" so to speak. As you can imagine, it was disconcerting for me to learn I was about to lose a part of myself from that area. That, and the terrible "c" word was involved. Even more disconcerting however; was sharing the news with family and friends. We had just been married and everyone was quite concerned about us and the possibility that we might not be able to have children. That was easily the most stressful part of it for me. Making big decisions on whether to sperm bank and so on. That and everyone worrying about me, I didn't want people to worry.
Needless to say I had the surgery, I waited, I went through the scans, x rays, and blood tests. I was very fortunate and received good news. We had caught it at a really early stage and even though I still get the scans, x rays, and blood tests, I have not had to go through chemotherapy. I believe education on this matter to be huge. In being a shavee for Oneball this year I hope to spread awareness of testicular cancer and all the things people may not know about it.
I'm happy to report Tracy and I were blessed with the arrival of our new son Zander on January 29, 2013 and we couldn't be happier about it. This whole experience has been a bit of a roller coaster ride with ups and downs. The support of family, friends, and organizations like Oneball have made all the difference. Please help me to support this cause so that it may support the many others that will face this situation.
Hi, I'm Arthur and I'm here to give cancer a kick in the groin! One of my best friends was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011 and I would like to show my support. Not to mention there has been lots of cancer in my family. I'm making a stand!
Now I have a nick name, and that is: Foof. As you might have guessed, my hair had something to do with that....and it is driving me crazy! Help me this June 20 and come out to bid on this fro!
I am pumped to have become a part of this charity event aimed at punching cancer in the groin as well as raising awareness. I am a late addition, however I assure you I will be a top quality shavee! I have curls that are only rivaled by the likes of Richard Simmons... except longer. I would like to mention that I have lost an uncle to cancer and that this is part of my motivation to help the cause. On top of that, I have some good friends involved and am truly glad to be able to help this cause through my beautiful hair! Please help me raise as much money as I can in less than a week. I don't have much time so dig deep and give what you can. I greatly appreciate any support! Here's to all the one baller's out there!
The following organizations have graciously sponsored our 2013 event. We thank them warmly for their support.
The time has come to give testicular cancer its third annual punch to the groin. The now infamous Oneball Head Shave event is back! Strap yourselves in!
Not only will be shaving people's heads, eyebrows, legs and whatever else we can auction off, we'll also have a silent auction, amazing comedy show, a raffle, and perhaps even more!
The following organizations have helped make our 2012 event a reality. We encourage you to rush out and buy everything you can from these incredible folks!
Trevor lives in Innisfail, AB with his wife Marcia, and their two children Lucas and Paige. He is committed to his work in the oilfield for Sanjel Corporation out of Red Deer and has been there for over 13 years. Read More
Camping, quading and spending time with his family and friends are some of Trevor’s favourite pastimes.
"When I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2010, if felt like my world was coming crashing down on me. At the time I didn’t know anything about testicular cancer, but after doing some research on the procedures I would be enduring my family and I started to feel better about the situation. During my chemotherapy sessions, a good friend of mine suggested I look at the Oneball website. He just so happened to be the auctioneer at the Shaveoff event. After searching the Oneball site, and watching Jason’s video diaries, I was very confident that everything was going to be ok."
"My wife and I attended the 2nd annual Oneball Headshave event in 2011. I was hooked, and eager to help the Oneball group in any way I could. I haven’t cut my hair since I lost it to chemotherapy over a year ago. What better way to support cancer survivors and current patients, than to become a shavee this year."
Glenda is a nurse at the Tom Baker Cancer Center who has seen many many testicular cancer patients going through chemotherapy. Read More
Glenda is shaving her head because she thinks it is very important to support our young testicular cancer patients. She has a such a big heart for our patients so please come out and support her!
J.R. is a born and bred Calgarian. With a thirst for exotic travel, JR lived in both Winnipeg and Lethbridge, where he eventually graduated with a degree in Finance. Read More
J.R. currently works for Livestock Water Recycling; a Calgary based environmental company focused on agricultural water treatment. A known Pearl Jam groupie, when not on tour JR loves to spend his time playing basketball and hockey.
Attending the Oneball event last year was an incredibly moving experience. Witnessing the passion and drive of those involved and what they were able to achieve was an inspiration. I have known Jay Baker for many years, but I feel as though I got to witness a side of him that night, one that I admire and respect a great deal. My participation in this even is a no-brainer. I’m excited that I have the opportunity to share in the passion of my friends and contribute in any way I can to such an amazing cause. It’s an honor to have the chance to make a difference in the many lives of those affected by this disease.
Tom and his great head of hair grew up in Calgary and met Jason while windsurfing many years ago. Their friendship grew over many adventures both on the water and over drinks. Read More
This isn’t the first time Tom has given up his hair for Jay either, as a number of Jay’s friends shaved their heads prior to Jay’s initial round of chemotherapy.
"I have always been proud to have Jay as a friend. His relentless enthusiasm and lust for life is infectious and shines a light on all those who are lucky enough to call him a friend. After Jay was diagnosed with Cancer, what I found really impressive is that Jason’s positive attitude never collapsed. In the face of adversity, Jason rose, and now he asks all of us to rise in the fight against testicular cancer. I think he is the Winston Churchill of testicular cancer!"
"I like a man who grins when he fights"
— Winston Churchill
Tom is proud to be a part of the Oneball head shave charity, and is looking forward to shaving his lovely head of hair for testicular cancer. Heck, if he raises more than $5,000 he will happily wax his back as well... but hopefully nobody wants to see that!
Take part in this year's silent auction, bid on these and more:
- Lasik eye surgery
- Wine tasting, Dinner packages, and a case of J. Lohr wine
- Two Golf Packages, and a getaway to Emerald Lake Lodge
- Luggage, skis and sports apparel
- Calgary Flames merchandise
- Discounted Realtor package to sell your home
- Photography package
- Original artwork
- Over 25 items in total!
Money raised will go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and will be directed towards testicular cancer research and awareness initiatives backed by Oneball.
The gloves are off and the “balls” are to the wall... we're throwing events to fight this disease!
$40,000 in a single night. Can you believe it?
We did it! We achieved another amazingly successful head shave event in 2011. We were targeting $25,000 and we blew it out of the water by raising $40,000! The event was held at Yuk Yuk’s once again, and a special thank you goes out to Angie and her amazing staff. We sold out for the second year in a row with over 250 people in attendance.
We couldn’t have done this without our incredible sponsors. They are:
The auction itself was once again powerful, energetic and hilarious thanks to the wonderfully talented Ryan Smith of Champion Auctions. Why is this guy not doing stand-up? Amazing.
The true heroes of the event were, of course, our five very brave shavees, and the generous loved ones who sponsored them. They graciously donated their locks and their money in the name of eliminating testicular cancer. See their pictures below, and let their selfless examples inspire you to take action.
Head Shaver Profiles!
I am Jason’s very proud Mom, proud mother-in law to Christy and exited Grandmother to their daughter Addyson.
When the call came to us that Jason was on his way into surgery to be treated for testicular cancer we were too stunned to react. Stuff like that always happens to someone else, right? Not so. The surgery went well as did his recovery and we were feeling pretty complacent that we had gotten off easily and life would go on as usual. So we joyfully celebrated their wedding and the upcoming birth of a first grandbaby. But we were in for another shock when they discovered more cancer and knew Jason would have to undergo chemo.
An emotional roller coaster ensued. We wanted to be there to help but they felt they needed to fight this together as a couple. We had to respect and admire them, but as parents it was very difficult to be so far away. They were great about keeping us informed but we could see weekly the toll it took on both Jason and a very pregnant Christy. Jason had his last chemo treatment just before their beautiful daughter was born.
I am very proud of the two of them as it was truly a journey they both took. Jason is a very positive person and always sees the bright side so I was not surprised when he wanted to make a video of his struggle and start a charity to support and inform other cancer patients.
Their network of friends is wonderful and they were amazing in their support. A very heartfelt thank you to them all as it made it so much easier for us knowing caring people were always there for them.
Since then we have lost a number of close friends to cancer and know of many more who are fighting this horrible disease. It seems to be everywhere and none of us are immune. Anything we can do to find a cure, we need to do, and if an act as simple as shaving my head helps to keep someone else from becoming ill it seems a very small price to pay.
Vance is originally from New Brunswick (Dalhousie) and came to Alberta (Calgary) in 2008. After graduating from Dalhousie University(1992) he joined the chartered accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP (where he is now a partner) and has been with them ever since (other than a 6 month “sabbatical” to mountain bike/hike/explore North America in 1995). Vance dedicates his personal time to his wife and 2 daughters, and to running, hiking, biking, exploring and generally keeping active.
Vance has a general passion for working with charities and has a particular interest in assisting those that impact youth and young adults. Cancer has generally affected all of us in some way or another and when he met Jason Baker a couple of years ago and heard his story, he felt that shaving his head (and face) would be a small sacrifice for a great cause.
Mike has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Management at the University of Lethbridge and is now is one of two partners at Optiema Inc, a small Accounting and Finance Recruitment firm. Outside of work Mike likes to keep active by playing a number of different sports and participating in a number of outdoor activities.
Mike had first met Jason through mutual friends about five years ago but they became much tighter in the last two years while playing hockey together.
Aaron is a part of the leadership team at Western Electrical, one of the largest electrical companies in Alberta. When he isn't helping Calgarian's to keep the lights on he can be found on the water - specifically behind a boat surfing, boarding or any other water sport you can think of.
We are happy to have Aaron's generous support of his huge curly afro for our cause. As you can see this shave is going to be a big project for the lucky winners of his shave auction!
Nick is native to Argentina and has been in Canada for almost 10 years.
Calgary has been home for 7 years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics. Nick is fortunate enough to meet people like Jason and Christy who share the same passion in sports. Thanks to Christy, Nick met Jason 6 years ago.
"Cancer… this word seems to be the equivalent to death, dead, fear… but after seeing and participating through Jason’s brave journey to defeat this disease my thoughts have changed. Cancer can be defeated. Jason is the perfect example of the determination, bravery, love and willingness to live that is needed to survive and defeat cancer. I believe events like this one help me overcome the fear this word causes."
The gloves are off and the “balls” are to the wall... we're throwing events to fight this disease!
Head/Beard Shave Event
Our inaugural fundraising event took place on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Yuk Yuk’s at the Elbow River Casino . Six brave friends, family members, and local Calgary celebrities did their part by raising sponsorship dollars and donating their salad in the name of testicular cancer.
What a huge success….together we raised over $26,000! From the help of the generous 200+ guest in attendance our $10K fundraising goal was shattered. With the clever auctioneering skills of our talented auctioneer Ryan Smith (Champion Auctions) we raised over $11,000 in just three short hours.
A big thanks to our partners at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (Angie) & House of Toli Salon(Corie) for their donated services and time. Your staff and team were amazing to work with!!
A HUGE thanks to our brave “shavee’s”; Angela, Jim, Cory, Darren, Tun and Kevin! This event and its success could not have been made possible without your donated time and support towards our cause. You are each truly heros!
Head Shaver 2010 Profiles!
Angela McConnell is a 32-year-old wife to a wonderful husband, Don and a mother to three beautiful children, Parker, Kate and Matthew.
Like many of us, cancer has affected many people in my life. I have lost people very dear to me but I have also had the good fortune of knowing some cancer survivors. Jason Baker, the founder of The One Ball Organization, is one of those survivors. Watching him and his wife Christy, struggle with his cancer and chemotherapy for seemingly endless months while they were expecting their first child, was both disheartening and uplifting. To watch them stay positive and share in the successes of their attitudes and advances in cancer treatments was truly a privilege.
While Christy and Jason dealt with their medical horrors, I also dealt with a medical crisis. I had a massive pulmonary embolism on August 2 that left me in the Intensive Care Unit. Initially, there was a lot of confusion about the diagnosis and the cause of my symptoms. At one point, my husband was having candid discussions with the cardiothoracic surgeons about success rates of my proposed open-heart surgery.
Unfortunately, the looks on my husband’s face (he is an acute care physician) told the story all too well. Since then, the diagnosis became clear and I have the good fortune of having excellent medical care and I can be here sharing my life with my husband, children, family and friends.
These “close calls” with death take their toll on people but they also teach us a lot. They teach us to cherish the important people in our lives, they teach to dig deep and find the courage to survive, to smile when we just want to cry, to hug people longer, to find hope in the bleakest situations, to forgive more readily, to pray more openly and to thank our medical researchers for their incredible devotion to medical advancements.
I have always had long hair; if I can raise money and hope for cancer research and for cancer patients, by shaving my head, I will gladly contribute. Please do whatever you can to contribute to this worthy cause.
Jim Diachuk is definitely a family man with many kids and grandchildren to keep him busy. He is big old daddy to Christy, Carla, and Nadine, father-in-law to Jason and Darren, and the very proud grandpa Jim-Jim to Lilly, Addyson, andSonny.
My family has lost many precious family members and close friends to Cancer. In 1984 I had to watch as cancer robbed my mother, Verna Diachuk of her life. In 2007 my wife Candy passed away from cancer and left our family heart broken and mourning. We as a family stood together and fought the battles against cancer as it ravaged their bodies but watched helplessly as their lives slipped away. It is so easy to blame the medical system but after consideration I have found it is better to support Cancer Foundations and Charitable Organizations to work for a better tomorrow. I presently donate to various Cancer fundraisers and for the past eight years I have dedicated much of my time in April towards door to door canvassing for Cancer in my neighbourhood.
I am dedicating my hair for this event because of my love for Jason and my admiration of him as a husband, father and son. I fully support his strong will and his personal goal to give “Testicular Cancer A Punch In The Groin”.
At my age, what is left of my longish greying hair is important but supporting Jason’s cause is a priority. I challenge my family to set up to the plate and offer their hair for next years event. GO Jason Go!!! One Ball TeamYEAH!!!!!!!!
I’ve been fortunate to have lived a full healthy life up to this point. The same can not be said for all of my friends and family. It’s with certainty that I can say diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, Lupus, and MS to name a few have touched us all. Maybe not directly but we all know somebody who has suffered at the hands of one of these tragic diseases. Watching friends and family battle through these can be both devastating and inspiring at the same time.
To play my part I have agreed to participate in the “One Ball” event to fight testicular cancer. This is a great event put on by a close personal friend who battled through this terrible disease, not once but twice all before the age of thirty.
Hello, my name is Darren Carpenter. I am the father of a wonderful baby boy and the humble Husband of an amazing and beautiful wife. I wanted to help support the One Ball Organization because there is not one person I know who has not been affected by some form of cancer. My Grandmother lost her battle a few years ago with cancer after a long hard fight. She was so brave!
I met Jason about 5 years ago in Hood River Oregon on a Windsurfing/Kitesurfing trip and that is when our bromance started. Baker is the type of guy that people gravitate to. He instantly became my close friend and our families have travelled to windsurfing destination together ever since.
I am proud to help my friend with his cause!
With a full head of lustrous hair and a great sense of humour, Tun Myo has enthusiastically agreed to shave off his lovely locks for cancer. Cancer is a matter close to Tun’s heart, as he lost his father to the disease five years ago.
“Cancer is something that certainly leaves a mark on your life. It has the capability to turn your life upside down instantaneously while affecting your life forever. I am doing this because I know what it’s like to feel helpless while you encourage someone to fight. I am doing this for my dad.”
Tun will be raising money with the support of his co-workers and close friends. An accountant by day, Tun is also an avid photographer whose life goal is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
I am currently the General Manager of the Elbow River Casino and until recently have not been exposed to the tragedy and heart-breaking effects cancer inflicts on people everyday. We help raise money through the casino and the charities that participate with us, but until somebody near and dear to me was affected could I begin to appreciate the hardship and the strength of the patient, the family and their friends.
My sister Sherrill was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer 7 months ago, and I’m sorry to say I will be attending her memorial service a few hours before this event. She was a loving wife and Mother, a wonderful daughter and sister, and a beloved teacher. I can say with conviction, I plan on living my life with a greater sense of meaning and purpose after seeing how her health changed so quickly. Sherrill was so brave and such an inspiration to all of us; anything I can do to help the cause would be something she would be proud of.
In addition, a long time friend and co-worker has also been diagnosed with cancer and money is being raised for her in the casino in conjunction with your event. Thank you for your efforts.