From Stage IV to Center Stage Film

$10,255 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 94 people in 36 months

Hello friends,
We are now in the second stage of the process of producing the documentary. All footage has been filmed. Now it is time for the task of editing, choosing the perfect music, and making sure it all lines up and the message gets out there.

You may or may not know about my book, "From Stage IV to Center Stage" published in 2011. It has been an inspiration to people all across the country.
Now it is time for the next step in supporting and inspiring the cancer community. That step 
is to get this documentary produced.

We have all been touched by this dreadful disease. I believe we all need to come together to do all we can to help this community find ways to cope, learn and heal. I am counting on you and anyone else you know to help support this project by donating to help us reach our goal of $35,000 in order to get the final steps completed.

Every dollar you donate is tax deductible through the Arts & Education 501c3. You will recieve a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

For those of you who are seeing this for the first time:
In 2005 I was diagnosed with Stage IV throat and neck cancer. I was given three months to live. I am humbled and grateful to be alive. 

My ability to  "Befriend" cancer and learn what it came to teach me, as opposed to "Battling" cancer, were the greatest contributors to my survival.  At the time of diagnosis I was told, should I live, I may never sing again. Well...Just 22 months post diagnosis (June, 2007) I sang the National Anthem before a sell-out crowd of 37,000 Red Sox fans at Boston's Fenway Park. It was thrilling! It was a fabulous platform for me to inspire thousands of people in just a few moments. Almost ten years later people still seek me out to help either themselves or someone they know dealing with cancer because they remember that night at Fenway.

Since the time Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971 the rate of cancer has almost tripled. We refer to everything having to do with cancer as a "battle." This milataristic metaphor might be helpful to some but it may not be the best metaphor for others. A cancer diagnosis is stressful. Using all your energy to fight, taxing your adrenal glands and every other part of your body, is not the best use of limited energy. Because of our media and medical profession cancer patients are not always aware of another option than battling.
I feel there is another metaphor, actually maybe a few different metaphors, that are more aligned with the individual dealing with cancer. The only way to heal is to find ways to relax and let the body heal. Fighting against something means there is a winner and a loser. At the time people are diagnosed there is so much stress being told they have to fight adds more stress.

There is so much new information to share on every level: mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically around cancer and it needs to be front and center from someone like me who has lived through it.  There are no documentaries out there with a story like mine.
There are no documentaries out there that teach people how to relax by using different modalities like Sound/Vibrational healing, Reiki, Reflexology, Meditation and many others to help them wend their way through the process with more ease and grace.
The most important aspect of healing is finding a way to homeostasis especially during a stressful and choatic time. This documentary will be a gift to the cancer community. It will be a tool that patients along with their caregivers can use during their journey and long after.

I am excited about getting this out by the end of this year and we need your help.
Please help me help many?
Take a few minutes to donate. 

Any and all support is greatly appreciated. There is no amount to small. There is no amount to great.

May it return to you ten fold. 

Much gratitude and many blessings,

Denise and the Team at The Cancer Project
+ Read More
Hello to all, we are about 90% complete with all filming for the upcoming documentary. I have realized by watching all the Oscar buzz over the past month that good films take time and money. I am excited to say I have surrendered to accepting the time it takes to make it the best it can be. I can sometimes want to rush the process but not this time. This time is too important. We have a great team working on this film and my only job right now is to raise more money. PLEASE, if you have not had a chance to donate please do so now. Also, please forward this to anyone you know who may be interested in supporting this important project. Thanks so much. In gratitude, Team Denise
+ Read More
Hello to all. Happy New Year. We are rounding the corner on filming and looking to begin editing some time at the end of this month. We have hired a fabulous marketing guru who is going to make sure this film gets national distribution. This costs lots of money. Please, if you have not had a chance to make a donation and you would like to, please do so now. All donations are tax deductible. And, if you would, please share this on your page and ask others to do the same. Thanks so much. Many blessings to you and yours for a healthy and happy new year. Love, Team Denise
+ Read More
We had a great time last Saturday at the studio in Danvers filming the second to last filming for the documentary. Marsha and I had fun chatting about the craziness of the PMC ride of 2005.
We are just about to the point of starting to edit, or at least starting to organize all the footage. If you would like to donate and receive a tax deductible donation for the end of the year, this is a great cause. We would so appreciate it. Love and blessings, Team Denise
+ Read More
We are so excited as we prepare to film Dr. Savastio, my naturopath who was my "go-to-guy" throughout treatment for cancer. This is happening Saturday morning. Thanks to all who have helped so far. Any and all donations are so appreciated. Love, Team Denise
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$10,255 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 94 people in 36 months
Created August 25, 2016
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
John Moses
9 days ago


Melinda Lejman
15 days ago

I donated because Jackie Woodside shared this campaign on FB. Best of luck with your project!

Jackie Woodside
15 days ago

I love Denise and her message is important for our world!

Julie McConchie
1 month ago
Wendy Sobel
1 month ago

I wish it could be more but hopefully it all helps!! Wonderful project!

2 months ago
4 months ago
Peter Clark
4 months ago
Patricia Conte-Nelson
5 months ago

It's an opportunity to share love with others. Love and blessings, Patricia xo :)

Sharon Balkus
5 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.