#Lifewins - Chemo clothing for men

$11,258 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 121 people in 46 months

We're raising money to develop cancer clothing for dudes, dads, and bro's.

During my cancer, I sat in chemotherapy rooms with men in their 30's, 50's, and 70's but the cancer/chemo business is centered around women - wigs, hats, reading material... all of it.  

When I went bald and weak it hit me .... Hey! Men don't want to look sick either.



From pulling down our collars to reach the port, to sleeping in chemo chairs, to our balding heads - males deserve to have clothing and comfortwear designed specificially for the chemo months. 

That's what #lifewins is all about. 

Your donation will fund the develop of our port-access designs.
We've already made the beta versions but we need more investment to develop the sport and wick versions (ideal for sweating chemo patients ;)




My Story

After removing a 12cm" mass from my chest I began my battle with chemo and radiation. As of this writing I've defeated stage 3 Thymoma. 




Through my experience I was asked to remove my shirt, put on gowns, and pull down my collar.

My hair fell out and they said "Men look good bald" wihtout ever bothering to ask me if I wanted to be bald at all. I was tired of ruining shirts and showing my belly every time I met a doctor. 

Now, I'm creating cancer clothing for men going through chemo. I'm also developing a line of athletic gear for post- chemo patients who are back in the gym or running.



From shirts with port access, to sport hats, and gym clothing. When you donate to #lifewins you are donating to a cause that gives us our life back ... even through chemotherapy. 

Click the videos to see my journey and see if donating is right for you. Follow me on the web at #lifewins. 



We will continously update this page with news, videos, and photos as they become available to us. 


We thank you for your kindness, compassion, and prayers. God bless you all!

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Last year I was too sick to attend #Vidcon2016 but this yea #lifewins.

Radiation therapy ended 3 months ago and the never-ending saga of cancer continues benchmarked by new escalations in healthy but also an increase of side affects. It feels like I’m learning who the new ME is.

Related: Follow Owen on Facebook: http://facebook.com/owen.hemsath

There’s a re-birth feeling that accompanies rehabilitation from cancer and chemo. It reminds me a lot of when I found Jesus— that light that entered my body changed how I saw the world and my place in the world. Greens were greener. Blues were bluer. I support only a born- again Christian could fully understand it…

The things that were true before I had cancer are no longer true:

I could run a 5k in 30 minutes
I could chest press 150 no problem
I could tan
I could drink a full cup of coffee

Related: Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Here: http://bit.ly/ohgmailyt

It’s amazing how caffeine just kicks my a$$ these days. The sun terrifies my skin. The gym mocks me with its weights and heavy things. Alas… that’s when I’m reminded that #lifewins. I’m reminded that through this clothing line cancer crushers like me can retain our dignity and find our strength through recuperation.

As I reach and break through my new limits I’m still seeing the need so intently for shirts to wear at the gym. They should tell our story with the hashtag:

#Sincechemo

So when I’m at the gym gasping for breath after just a few reps and I’m embarrassed and I’m sad and I’m a little scared that the meatheads are judging me… I can rest assured that the back of my shirt clearly reads:

3 Months #sincechemo

Watch the video for more and be sure to keep in touch by Subscribing to my YouTube Channel.
Even the simplest little bit hurts..
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It’s been 2.5 months since my radiation proton therapy ended and breathing is a bit of a problem. I’m noticing that whenever I start physical exercise where my lungs demand more oxygen, they actually feel very restricted. 

It’s like I can’t get the air. 

Not quite asthmatic although I imagine it’s similar. What’s happening to me is more in the esophageal area- where the beam was focused.

Combine that with a late - night snack habit and you've quite a chubby fellow. Well... chubby-ing...

I wanted to start exercising more aggressively. I've never run a 5K in under 30 mins so I'd like to train for a 25-min 5K and then maybe move to a 10K but let's face it...

I can't breathe.

We're still making the chemo shirts! In fact I've got a contact nearby who has done something similar for breast cancer survivors. Once we get a beta shirt made we'll open this beast up for donations and get into production.

#Lifewins baby!
You won't believe what it feels like...
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Carnies are some of the best people I’ve ever met. No, that’s not true. Carnies jump out at your kids to lure them into throwing a ping-pong ball in a goldfish bowl for $15. It’s insane! Last year I was sick in bed with chemo so I didn’t get to go the fair to protect my family from being pulled in by these snake charmers.
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It’s been a year since I received my cancer diagnosis.

On June 12 of 2015 I took this image and posted in on my Facebook. The doctors removed a 12cm tumor from my Thymus gland (Stage 3 Thymoma). The tumor had already leached onto my heart.

The surgery ended up a sub-total resection; a % of tumor remained near my heart. Three weeks later chemo began. 6 cycles later (1 week on, 2 weeks off) I started 36 daily sessions of radiation to stand before you today as healthy as a horse who beat cancer.

I am healthy but I’m not better.

Cancer (I’m learning) is a multi-step process that requires ongoing development and maturation of your body, mind, and soul. The body must adjust to the tumor and then to the medicine. The mind must control the body continually as new stimuli enter it. The soul must face death while watching others cross into it.

One year later my biggest challenge has been the side affects of chemo and whether or not it’s changed me into a different person. Like a solider return from war, how could I ever been the same after that.

The One Year Report:

1. A report on my health (medically) and colloquially

2. How I've been able to make a living through cancer and chemo

3. My biggest post-cancer struggle right now
One Year Cancer Update
They ripped me open
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Jean-Christophe Bougle
42 months ago
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Hey Owen, it's great to see your energy and positive spirit! All the best.

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Michael Domitrz
42 months ago
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Thank you, Owen, for continuing to share your strength and courage with all of us.

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Tammy Moore
35 months ago

Wonderfully said, thank you for the reminder and SOOOO glad this is behind you now. Onward and upward as they say. Really happy for you too!!!

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Kathy Kerns Hedrick
41 months ago

Just watched your new video and I'm so happy to hear the good news that you are cancer free. I wish you luck with the remainder of her treatments and continued health.

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Theresa Matzke Hemsath
46 months ago

Thank you so much to all those who have contributed. We don't know how much this is going to cost us, and we hope to get a definitive number in the future. All of your contributions are such a blessing. I'm so humbled and thankful.

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Hi Owen, I have been following your Youtube videos about SEO and want to thank you for making them. While learning a bit about you I discovered you had cancer and felt very sad. I will pay for you and donate 10USD. I really wish I could give more but I don't have a job or income right now as I am trying to start my company. God Bless you Owen, get well soon.

TH
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Love you big brother.

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Jean-Christophe Bougle
42 months ago
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Hey Owen, it's great to see your energy and positive spirit! All the best.

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Michael Domitrz
42 months ago
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Thank you, Owen, for continuing to share your strength and courage with all of us.

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Tammy Moore
35 months ago

Wonderfully said, thank you for the reminder and SOOOO glad this is behind you now. Onward and upward as they say. Really happy for you too!!!

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Kathy Kerns Hedrick
41 months ago

Just watched your new video and I'm so happy to hear the good news that you are cancer free. I wish you luck with the remainder of her treatments and continued health.

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Theresa Matzke Hemsath
46 months ago

Thank you so much to all those who have contributed. We don't know how much this is going to cost us, and we hope to get a definitive number in the future. All of your contributions are such a blessing. I'm so humbled and thankful.

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