From Stage IV to Center Stage Film

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Raised by 66 people in 20 months


Hello friends,
I got cancer. I didn't die. So I wrote a book.

My book, "From Stage IV to Center Stage" published in 2011 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 produce a documentary called...

"Stage IV Cancer to Center Stage In Life"

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 $75,000 in order to produce a fabulous documentary.

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

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 this project! 
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Raised by 66 people in 20 months
Created August 25, 2016
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Toni Delisi
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Can't wait to see the final product!

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Can't wait to see the finished product. Best of luck in finishing it!

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