The month of Movember November is a Men’s Health happening involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues and organizations, such as Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation as well as groups dealing with the high rate of men’s suicide- such as our friends at Fishin’ Buddies for Veterans. By encouraging men to get checked and get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.
Our own leader Rob Zorn is a 10 years survivor remembering the anniversary of being diagnosed with Stage 2 Seminoma/ Non Seminoma- a rare form of Testicular Cancer. We are all so grateful for Rob and his leadership and Rob is very honest in admiting he shed a couple of tears thinking about how grateful he is for not only a second chance at life but for all the people that stood behind him through his treatments. In the month of giving Thanks, Rob honors all the beautiful things God has brought into his life since. When people hear that Rob had cancer the normal reply is “oh, so sorry to hear that.” But Rob’s reply is always the same- “Cancer was a blessing to me, it gave me clarity in my life, a reason to hold on to those little moments much longer.”
Rob is the first one to remind us that time is something we can never get back. For the past 18 months he has worked for undertaker at a local funeral home. People ask him why would you every want to work in that field. His answer is simple- when you see death up close, it keeps you centered, it keeps you focused on the fact that tomorrow is not promised. Rob’s advice? Don’t waste a second of a second chance. Get checked, seek help, don’t be afraid to face the truth. The sooner you do, the more likely you too will have a second chance. Love with all you have. Dont put things off till tomorrow. Life is fragile. All too often these days we see that in the blink of an eye everything can change. Rob had Cancer. But he is crystal clear when he says “Cancer NEVER had me”. “If you are diagnosed, or struggling, instead of asking why me, embrace your situation and conquer it- mind over matter.” So here’s to you our friend and leader, here’s to another year cancer free with many more to come! “You don’t know the strength you have until it’s all you have. Pain is Temporary, Quitting last forever! Thanks Rob, you are truly an inspiration to LIVE THE PASSION!