A Ballsy Sense of Tumor Has
Been Nominated Won for Hilarious Patient Leader in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards
About a week ago, I turned 27 years old. If you missed my birthday, it’s not too late for you to give me a present – or even an additional present (looking at you, Mom). Take 27 seconds out of your day to help me out.
ABSOT has been nominated for Hilarious Patient Leader and Instagram Best in Show. If you don’t feel like reading this entire post, simply click here to endorse me. It seriously takes just a handful of seconds. If it takes less than 60 seconds, please use the remaining time to do a self-exam. (Please note: Endorsements closed in August 2018, but read to the end of this post for an exciting update)
Endorsing me isn’t about stoking the flames of my ego. Although I am writing this as I sit by my firepit, so essentially it’s a fireside chat – move over, FDR.
It’s about elevating ABSOT’s mission – open, frank, educational, and humorous discussions about testicles and men’s health as a whole.
By endorsing me for this award, you will help get the ball rolling on bringing this topic to a wider audience.
I’ve dedicated a vast majority of my free time since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2016 to raising awareness of testicular cancer. Among the efforts I’ve led or participated in are:
- Writing, hosting, and producing a testicular cancer PSA for high school students.
- Developing, administering, and analyzing a survey about testicular exams at the doctor’s office
- Speaking at the “Ship’s Got Balls” event, the world record attempt for largest simultaneous self-exam
- Attending the HealtheVoices conference to connect and learn with other health advocates
- Winning the I Had Cancer Award for Best Awareness and Advocacy Blog of 2017
- Being recognized by The Mighty as one of “15 People Who Raised Cancer Awareness” in 2017
- Writing over 10 guest articles for other publications
- Being featured on over 25 different websites to help spread my mission
- And sharing numerous blog posts, Instagram pictures, Facebook posts, and tweets that all revolve around ball(s).
This year, the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will be honored at an in-person celebration in October co-hosted by the Society of Participatory Medicine at the Connected Health Conference. This would be a huge accomplishment for ABSOT and the work we do here.
By connecting me to health leaders and other influential members, having this opportunity would continue to amplify conversations about men’s health.
I may be one man with one blog (and one ball), but together, we can make sure that the ball isn’t dropped on this topic. In addition to attending this celebration, the finalist in each category receives a feature on WEGO Health’s blog and social channels and special access to WEGO Health opportunities throughout the year–including chances to speak at or attend conferences. All of these opportunities would help further ABSOT’s mission.
I generally don’t ask for much from my readers, beyond requesting that you do a self-exam every month, but I’m now looking to you to help endorse me for this award. I am one of 25 nominees in this category. The three nominees with the most endorsements by August 17th, along with two additional nominees chosen by judges, move on to the final judging.
OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE
I ended up being a finalist in the Hilarious Patient Leader category, because let’s be honest, I am incredibly funny. I’m also very humble, but mostly funny. I mean, I laugh at all my own jokes.
As you may have guessed from the above video, I ended up winning the category and got to travel to Boston to the Connected Health Conference in mid-October to network and accept my award. It was a whirlwind of an adventure, with many laughs, connections, and opportunities for networking. Hopefully, this helps elevate the work of ABSOT to more prominence.
ABOUT WEGO HEALTH:
WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics.
The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100 thousand inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition.
A self exam is how most cases of testicular cancer are detected early. Click the image for video directions or click here for a larger version
ABSOT is endorsed by the Laughter Arts and Sciences Foundation, a registered 501.c.3 charity. To make a tax-deductible contribution to help continue ABSOT's work with testicular cancer awareness and men's health, click the image below.