by Mike Duchen, Manager of Biz and Development

“Cancer” is a strange word. When most young people who have never been touched by this disease hear someone say “Cancer”, it usually goes in one ear and out the other without ever really thinking about it. Maybe it is that young people hear about it all the time in the news and see it in movies, or maybe they are just too afraid to really take the time to understand it.

I was one of those people.

[Working in Guatemala for Community Enterprise Solutions]

I didn’t fully understand what cancer was until it literally hit me so hard in the stomach that it made me physically stop in my tracks and threw me into the fight of my life. Suddenly, I went from working in Guatemala to lying in a hospital bed in Colorado Springs with a doctor telling me that I was going to have surgery in a day and start chemotherapy in a week. As anyone one can imagine this was a bit of shock.

Four rounds of chemo (wish I had a LibreClothing sweater for my port access), two surgeries and many additional trips to Rocky Mountain Cancer Center later I found something. I found that the word “Cancer” led me to meet some of the most courageous, generous, and inspirational people that I have ever met. I quickly discovered that there is an army of Cancer survivors that not only beat this terrible disease but, for the most part, want to help others that are currently going through similar, physical, mental, and emotional feelings. It led me to meet new friends; it gave me the courage to follow my passion.

[After my last round of chemo visiting my sister]

My personal passion is to help others who are dealing with cancer because I know what it is like to be in the trenches, and I learned how uplifting sharing feelings with other people can be. I had the privilege of becoming good friends with Laird while living in Boulder, Colorado this past year. Laird was not only the toughest and most engaging five-year old I have ever met, but he also went through a cancer treatment that made mine look like a walk in the park. Laird and I became quick friends after sharing a burrito and laughing hysterically through the movie Despicable Me, during a hospital visit. Laird taught me that I should step back and take a drink of my own “medicine” of what I was sharing with others; so, I quit my job in Boulder, chased my dream, and moved to San Francisco to work for GlobalMojo.

[My friend Laird! He’s in remission and I look forward to sharing more burritos!]

GlobalMojo is my dream job because I have the opportunity to not only help others battling cancer everyday, but our technology has the capability to support all types of great causes by driving revenue to their organizations in such a new and unique way. Working with non-profits in the past and personally knowing the financial expenses that accompany battling a disease, I truly think that GlobalMojo is going to change the way that non-profits and organizations generate money to become more sustainable.

“Cancer” led me to be a part of our awesome team at GlobalMojo, and I look forward to the exciting journey to help make the world a better place now and change the way people support nonprofits and causes in the future!

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