On May 17th the Cameo Cinema and the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center at St. Helena Hospital will host the SPANISH LANGUAGE PREMIERE of What the F@#- is Cancer and Why? Does Everybody Have it? The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Allison W. Gryphon Oncologists Dr. Gregory B. Smith and Dr. Ethan D. Schram along with Norma Navarro, Nurse Practitioner from the St. Helena Hospital Survivorship Program. The Spanish translation of this film was generously made possible by Skywalker Sound, Gary Rizzo, Juan Peralta, Magaly C. and John Countryman.
Movie Fans and Cancer Fighters are Invited to Attend, Host and Inspire. Screenings have been set in motion to raise both funds and awareness for Send Me on Vacation, Check Your Boobies, Nancy’s List Books, The Why? Foundation and Deborah’s Palm. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A in person or via Skype with the film’s director Allison W. Gryphon and/or the non-profit event ambassador.
Provocative and pioneering, the documentary chronicles Gryphon’s personal journey in battling cancer—from the moment of diagnosis to the expectations after receiving treatments—as well as testimonies from fellow survivors, doctors, caretakers, and many more. The film was made with no budget but still attracted Hollywood heavy-hitters like actors Tippi Hedren and Gary Rizzo, CBS Studio Center, Skywalker Sound, and Co3.
“What the fuck is cancer? And why does everybody have it?”
I’ll never forget how those exasperated words landed on me only an hour after sharing the news with my friend and colleague, Whitney, that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 38 years old. I found the lump on a Sunday morning and just in time for lunch the following Wednesday I had a diagnosis. It was April 13, 2011.
Round 3: When I was 18, Gale sat the family down and told us she had Breast Cancer. She told us she would fight it. She told us the Cancer would not ruin her life. She told us that she would not accept any pity, shame, or sadness from herself or from her family. We immediately believed her; that’s who she was to us. She didn’t accept any pity, shame, or sadness from herself or from her family. She did not let the cancer ruin her life. She fought it. She beat it. And Gale didn’t have Cancer anymore. She was always a beacon in our lives for support and strength. She was as solid as they came and we proudly told people her story.Allison W. Gryphon, Couch Sesh, What the F@#- is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have It?
There’s nothing like a lazy Sunday evening, moseying to the ice cream shop to get dessert with friends. Or picking up Chinese food for an untraditional picnic after school. Or coming home from college and exchanging stories about crazy roommates and parties that got out of hand.
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by Derek Martin Wade If you were to ask Allison about her bout with stage III breast cancer she would not tell you about the three surgeries, six rounds of chemotherapy or month of radiation treatments she endured. She would probably not tell you about the tattoos burned into her chest that guided the lasers […]