Through the LIVESTRONG Leader program, we engage individuals across the globe who are passionate about and committed to making cancer a priority in their own community. LIVESTRONG Leaders are vital to the success of LIVESTRONG by helping raise awareness, recruit and engage others in the LIVESTRONG movement, fundraise and advocate to their elected officials at the local, national and global level. Below is an interview from LIVESTRONG Leader Jack Brajcich of Fukuoka, Japan.
What does LIVESTRONG mean to you?
LIVESTRONG to me means a group of people united for the purpose of helping and encouraging others to live happy and healthy lives. For the healthy, LIVESTRONG means keeping active, eating right, maintaining a positive outlook on life, and having a healthy social life and support network. For those battling cancer, LIVESTRONG is a support group that can offer advice for proper care and raise funds and a vast group of people who will be there to lend an ear or a hand. LIVESTRONG can also help and support not only those battling cancer, but also cancer patients families.
Why are you a Leader?
There are many reasons I am a Leader. I lost my father to cancer in 1994. My mother is a breast cancer survivor. As an athlete and cyclist, I was inspired by Lance Armstrong’s story and love now what the whole LIVESTRONG organization is doing to fight cancer. Cancer is a big concern in Japan, so in memory of my father, in honor of the 28 million people living with cancer and in respect of my adopted home country, I want to give something back to the community here and being a Leader is the right fit for me.
What are you doing in your community?
This year I became part of a team in Japan called Japan for LIVESTRONG. Together with fellow Leader in Japan, Binzee Gonzalvo, and several very active other team members, we created our own website and on May 28, some of us introduced ourselves to the public in a presentation on Unity, Knowledge and Attitude. Since then, I have helped start a walk and ride for LIVESTRONG Day in my city of residence, Fukuoka, Japan, captained Japan for LIVESTRONG triathlon and running relay teams, created the GLOBAL 28 campaign organized another Japan for LIVESTRONG supported night of presentations on sports, fitness and health, including one presentation by a cancer survivor, and started a Movember team. In December Fukuoka will also host a Japan for LIVESTRONG Christmas party bringing together local cancer advocates. Unity is Strength!