I personally cannot stomach waiting. I hate the feeling down to its very core. I am not talking about patience or perseverance, but rather the feeling of helpless complacency. Waiting, simply means life will choose the course. When I was seventeen years old, a soon to be high school graduate, I decide to stop waiting.
A mixture of teenage humor and a drive to make a difference prompted me to start a non-profit, for testicular cancer, called Sacks of Love. In the beginning, it was a rollercoaster. A good friend and I would walk around the halls of our school, with sharpie markers and two manila envelopes, collecting twenty-dollar bills and t-shirt sizes. We managed to desperately scrounge together a list of forty names and eight hundred dollars. Two weeks later we showed up to the cafeteria with a box of cheaply made t-shirts. Next thing we knew, we were in the Principals office answering awkward questions about the t-shirts with the “balls” inverted into a heart shape.
Since then Sacks of Love has developed into more than just a pet project of two seventeen year olds. Our team has helped to raise over $30,000 so far for awareness. We’ve distributed thousands of early detection materials, hosted several events including our own 5K run and filed to become a 501(c)3 federally tax exempt organization.
We use our humor to make a difference but the issue itself can be completely sobering. Last year, I spoke with a mother, who had lost her nineteen year old son to testicular cancer. She and he both were not aware of the risks till it was too late. I am glad that I choose not to wait. Men need to be aware and feel comfortable enough to talk about testicular cancer and get the resources they need. The disease, if caught early on is virtually one hundred percent curable, nobody should ever die from it.
About Sacks of Love:
Sacks of Love is a 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 2012, 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 detection 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.