The MPF Celebrate Life Tour Makes It’s First Stop In Portland – July 2nd

The Celebrate Life Tour Is Coming To Portland

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What does a cancer documentary, a Winnebago Scorpion Toy Hauler, seven stray cats, one stray dog, a 35th year anniversary, and a love of hiking all have in common ? The answer – The Celebrate Life Tour, and it’s starting in Portland.

This begins what should be a very interesting adventure that involves taking a ridiculously large RV, and a ton of animals on a summer trip to Celebrate Life with those touched by cancer.  We will be putting on parties in cities throughout the Northwest, and Canada, bringing together patients, survivors, and caregivers to share stories, information and fun. Amidst the balloons and streamers will be great guest speakers, music, food, information on products and services, and a showing of the award winning cancer survivorship documentary ” C – A Celebration of Life “. These Celebrate Life Tour events are free to the public.

It all happens on July 2nd from 9am – 11:30am, at the Jubitz Cinema – Portlander Inn, 10350 N Vancouver Way, Portland.  Seating is limited, so be sure and Register Here.

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Keynote Speaker – Becky Olson

Our Amazing Keynote Speaker

We’re extremely excited and honored to have Portland’s own Becky Olson serve as our Keynote Speaker. She’s a three-time breast cancer survivor, author, speaker, and co-founder of Breast Friends. She will make you laugh, cry and leave with a newfound enthusiasm for life!

A small sampling of Becky’s clients include: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, National Consortium of Breast Centers, University Health Systems, Good Samaritan, Peace Health Hospital System, Augusta Women’s Leadership Conference, St. John’s Hospital, Soroptimists International, Frito-Lay, Red Hat Society, Michigan State University, Eastern Connecticut Health Network.

Awards Include: Bank of America Local Hero Award, National Pink Power Mom Award, Susan G. Komen Local Hero Award, Toastmasters International Leadership and Communication Award.

“A joy, an inspiration and a witty, articulate speaker – Becky just makes any listener’s heart grow warmer and head grow smarter.”  – Carol Farron, Lodi Memorial Hospital

For more information on Becky’s work and mission, visit her website.

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Guest Speaker – Stephen Swift – Photo by Today’s News – Herald

Our Inspirational Guest Speaker

In March of 2012, Oregon’s own Stephen Swift had already beaten Bone Cancer, lost his father and sister to cancer, and his wife in an automobile accident, but hearing the doctor say he had Pancreatic Cancer, brought it all crashing down. Given 18 months to live, and not knowing what to do, or where to turn, his daughter suggested he go on a bike ride.

In May of that year he headed out on what has been a 4 year, and over 17,000 mile journey across the US. He worked along the way to cover costs, and stopped to spend time with others facing health issues. His goal has simply been to let people know they need to fight cancer or any disease. ” I want them to know they need to get out there and live. It all has to do with my doctor giving me 18 months to live and my expanding it. A doctor has no right to tell us how long we have to live. We have no expiration date, and we need to make the most of each day.”

Through his travels he has collected dozens of pictures, memories, and messages, which are all compiled in notebooks. “I met hundreds and thousands of people with cancer,” Swift said. “I want to just love on people with cancer, care about them, let them know to fight, to never give up, never give in, always go forward.”

It couldn’t happen without these generous sponsors.

A big thank you goes out to Jubitz Corporation for donating the the use of our wonderful event venue.

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And AV Rental Services for donating the use of their Mic System.

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MPF – The Celebrate Life Events Fighter and Survivor Slide Show

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The Celebrate Life Events Fighter and Survivor Slide Show

Life can be so interesting. You plan and prepare, and have an idea on how things should unfold, but somehow the picture in your head seldom matches the reality. Fortunately, in many cases, what actually happens works out considerably better than if it had gone the way we planned. Well that certainly was the case for me regarding a Fighter and Survivor slide show I wanted to put together for the Celebrate Life events. I thought how nice it would be to have something for folks to watch as they were arriving that would inform and inspire, and what’s more inspirational to those dealing with cancer than finding out a little bit about others that are walking that same road. So I sent out a call for photos through all the social media sites, and just knew the pictures would come pouring in. Uh, not !

OK, on to plan B. Still convinced that the Fighter and Survivor slide show was important, I started searching Facebook for photos that showed the courage and bravery that is at the core of those that face cancer, and then contacted the person that had posted them. As you can imagine that was a much greater time and labor investment than I had originally intended, but the surprise that came with it, was something I could have never anticipated.

Had my original plan worked out, I would have gotten a lot of pictures, put together a Fighter and Survivor slide show, and moved on to the rest of the event planning. By having to contact people individually, I received an incredible gift, the gift that only comes with connecting to others. I was rewarded with wonderful stories of hope, of strength, of love, and have become invested in the lives of the beautiful faces that are in those pictures. So the editing that would have normally been considered ” run of the mill “, was transformed into a labor of caring, because I was now dealing with the photos of newly discovered friends.

The project that was intended to be for the benefit of those attending the events, had also turned into a blessing to the giver. All I can say is that I’m so grateful that it didn’t work out ” my way “, I would have missed out on so very much.

Thank you to all who have shared your pictures and stories, you are a light to all those that are trying to find their way through the darkness of a terrifying disease. So many of you have mentioned the hope that your experience will be of help to others. In that vein, we will be sharing a number of your journeys on this blog over the next few weeks. I wish you all the best for a happy and healthy life. Stay true to the beauty you have within, and as so many of you have said, ” Never give up “.

Heather M Spencer

Mission Positive Films

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C – A Celebration of Life is in the 2016 Life Fest Film Festival in L.A.

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C – A Celebration of Life is coming to L.A.

Hey, Hey
We just got word that our cancer journey and survivorship documentary,  ” C – A Celebration of Life ” will be shown at the Life Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles at the end of April !
I’ll be getting the date and time within the next day or two, but if you’re in the LA area, please take the time to go.
More info coming soon !

Mission Positive Films

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Mission Positive Films Presents ” The Celebrate Life Honolulu” Event Photos

Mission Positive Films Presents ” The Celebrate Life Honolulu” Event Photos

This is a slide show of the pictures taken during the ” Celebrate Life ” event in Honolulu on April 2nd, 2016 at the Ward Warehouse.

Lots of great food, information booths, Healing Touch, wonderful gifts, incredible guest speakers, and a showing of the award winning documentary, ” C – A Celebration of Life “.

I’ll be posting in the next week on the behind the scenes stories that made this event so special. Believe me, generosity and helping others is alive and well in our world.

Big thanks to Stephane Lacasa with Stephane Lacasa Photography for providing the photos.

Heather M Spencer

Mission Positive Films

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C- A Celebration of Life Receives Award From Depth of Field Film Festival

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We received some wonderful news.
Our film ” C – A Celebration of Life ” received the award for Outstanding Excellence in 3 categories in the
Depth of Field International Film Festival

Documentary Short
Viewer Impact: Motivational/Inspirational
Content/Message Delivery

So grateful for this very special recognition.

Mission Positive Films

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