Huck Cancer is an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament and grassroots fundraiser for LIVESTRONG. Cancer touches us all. The Huck Cancer Ultimate Frisbee Tournament was born when our dear friend Eric Arons was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009. When friends approached Eric about doing something in his honor, he unselfishly (and very characteristically) turned the spotlight away from himself and suggested we set up something fun as a fundraising event to help people with all kinds of cancer. These simple ideas evolved into the Huck Cancer Ultimate Tournament, which kicked off its first event in March 2010 and is held every March in San Francisco. With over 100 participants annually, the tournament has been a great success, raising more than $250,000 for LIVESTRONG since 2010.
Eric Arons and his family chronicled his journey on his blog 42 Staples. Eric didn’t let cancer slow him down much. No matter what he did—physics, ultimate frisbee, kayaking, camping, bicycling, music, community activism—Eric’s generous spirit touched those around him, and we are all better for having known him. He passed away on June 13, 2013.
It’s Not About the Bicyclist: A personal statement from Eric Arons
It’s not about the bicyclist. Or at least it shouldn’t be. I realize many people felt hurt and deceived by recent issues surrounding Lance Armstrong. I understand these strong reactions. But I continue to support the LIVESTRONG Foundation because LIVESTRONG has moved way beyond its original founder. And it has been steadfast in its mission of inspiring, supporting, and empowering cancer survivors. When my wonderful friends first organized Huck Cancer four years ago, I wanted the beneficiary to be an organization that supported people with all kinds of cancers, not just my cancer. After all, different cancers have affected each of us, in one way or another. In researching different organizations, LIVESTRONG demonstrated the most broad support with the best efficiency around. In the past few years I have met several cancersurvivors and have always been impressed with how passionately LIVESTRONG has responded.* In fact, during my own repeat performances, I’ve received lots of comfort and support, encouraging me to LIVESTRONG.
* There are several interesting stories from different survivors worth checking out. One is by Brian Rose. It is a story of sarcastic wit, so hang onto the ride. Another on NPR touches on opinions from both sides with regard to Lance, but both still support the ongoing work of LIVESTRONG.
And finally, the LIVESTRONG organization sent us a personal letter reinforcing their original goal.