We aim to create a supportive community for male health
What We Do
Mission: Men + Awareness + Support + Pride
Sacks of Love is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that aims to spread awareness for male health issues, specifically testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among younger men. In 2013, 350 men in the United States died from this disease. However, when detected early it is usually not fatal. We encourage all men to perform self-checks regularly as demonstrated in our self-check materials. This will lead to early detections and ultimately save lives.
We want to create a community that brings together men and their families to support one another. This community can offer support and guidance to many men who are embarrassed or ashamed. Sacks of Love uses humor and positive messages to end the negative stigma surrounding testicular cancer and create environment where men are comfortable to share their experiences and get the resources that they need.
How We Started
Est. May 24th, 2012
By Co-founder: Nick Ost
Fueled by a combination of teenage humor and a desire to make a difference, Sacks of Love was founded by friends to help raise testicular cancer awareness. The journey started in high school where we collected $20 bills and t-shirt sizes in the halls. With a list of forty names and $800 we created our first shirts and were handing them out in the cafeteria a just few weeks later. Shortly thereafter, we found ourselves in the principals’ office answering many awkward questions about the t-shirts with “balls” in the shape of a heart on them. Thankfully, the idea was embraced.
Although we use humor to make a difference, the reality of testicular cancer can be very sobering. In 2011, we met with the mother of a 19-year- old who had passed because of testicular cancer. Neither the mother nor son knew of the risks or how to perform a self-check. Because of stories like this one, it is clear that men need to be more aware of the risks of testicular cancer and need to feel comfortable enough to ask the questions to get the resources that they need. If detected early enough, the cure rate of testicular cancer is
virtually 100 percent.
Nobody should ever die from this disease. Since our conception in 2012, Sacks of Love has raised over $30,000 for testicular cancer awareness.
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3 year survivor
Adam was diagnosed with TC at the age of 19 just weeks before moving away from home to attend college. After having a testicle removed, Adam was informed that the cancer had spread. He underwent chemo which was ultimately unresponsive. Adam had to have extensive surgery in order to remove the infected lymph nodes.
Joe was diagnosed with TC, this last November, while on his 8th deployment in Afghanistan. He was sent to Germany to have the tumor removed. In January, he returned home to undergo chemo therapy after the cancer spread to his abdomen and lungs. The whole time he has kept a positive attitude and stayed strong for his wife and 2 daughters.
Joe's TC was caught early on, his doctors estimated that the cancer was present 6 months prior to the discovery. After his orchiectomy, Joe made the decision to do radiotherapy. Joe's experience with cancer helped to strengthen his faith and open his eyes to the worlds beauty.
1 year cancer-free
Arron, a television show writer, was diagnosed with TC and had surgery to remove a testicle. The cancer spread and he underwent 9 weeks of chemo before being declared cancer-free. Through this experience he kept a detailed, entertaining and insightful blog. aaronlaughswithcancer.tumblr.com
Pete and Genell
Husband and father of two young girls, 32-year-old Pete, knew nothing about testicular cancer until March 7, 2014. His diagnosis put him out of work for about 4 months. Pete spent 6-7 hours, Monday thru Friday receiving chemotherapy. He then endured two surgeries because the cancer spread to his liver. Pete was overwhelmed by the support of his family and friends. His buddies even hosted a golf tournament in honor of his fight against cancer.
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