Fighting Cancer With A Muppet

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event on June 27 for the first time since college. It’s my hometown’s Relay, so I know it’s going to be an extra special day for me and a chance to celebrate the battle I’ve been waging since January and the fact that (by then) I’ll have less than a month until I’m done with chemotherapy! I’m so happy to even be able to type those words!

Since signing up for Relay, I’ve been trying to think of something creative I could do to raise money. I’m not crafty or culinary, so I couldn’t do a bake sale or knit anyone a scarf. I did create some #DownWithLumpy t-shirts ($5 from each purchase goes to my Relay team!), but they’re not selling very well beyond my Mom (who bought 3).

IMG_2531At this point I decided that if I can’t woo potential donors with physical goods, I could at least try to entertain them. A few weeks ago, I realized that when I’m wearing my glasses I bear more than a passing resemblance to my younger brother’s toy Muppet. Being both a professional multimedia producer and a Muppet-lover, I started thinking about how I might use the Muppet to make a video about my cancer treatment. After two evenings of filming and editing, I’m proud to present the following.

If you’re so inclined, here’s the link to donate. I’m so grateful to the MANY people who have already generously given to our team. Thank you so, so much!

I’d also like to thank Theresa for her help in putting together the video. I couldn’t have done it without her patient videographer skills and co-Muppeteering. She also contributed some crucial comedic scene ideas, like the Muppet wearing a mask and putting on hand sanitizer. Priceless. As usual, she’s my perfect partner in crime.

I’m hoping to write a full Lumpdate soon, but for now I’ll just say that I have been feeling very good during this in-between-chemos week and have been keeping very busy making Muppet movies and doing other (more normal) activities. Thanks for all the continued prayers, well wishes and check-ins. And thanks to Rosie for a special delivery of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies! The mail has never tasted so good.

3 thoughts on “Fighting Cancer With A Muppet

  1. laceypaulsen June 26, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    How did you create this in the midst of all the chemo chrap?? So impressive! I consider it a productive day if I check a thing or two off my every growing to do list haha

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    • rounding30 June 26, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      Well, I had a lot of help from my wife…and fun projects help me to not just sit around all the time. Plus, it’s done wonders in raising money for my Relay For Life team! 🙂

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    • rounding30 June 26, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Also, I should mention that the Chemo Chrappy has subsided more quickly with later rounds and I started feeling more “normal” sooner. Hopefully that will be your experience, too!

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