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This podcast has survivors, caregivers, family members, and medical professionals who have dealt with testicular cancer, and young adults with cancer. Listen to episodes for free here or through your favorite podcast app. For transcripts, hover over the lower right-hand corner of an episode block; click on the Podcast providers

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Season 3, Episode 1:

What Happens When the Chemo Stops Working – A Testicular Cancer Survivor Explains

In 2019 at age 39, Chris Smith, a father of three boys, learned he had advanced testicular cancer. He started treatment, and then, with only three sessions left, his blood markers increased. The chemo had stopped working. Chris moved ahead with advanced treatment, including high-dose chemo and a stem cell transplant. It worked.  In 2023, he continues to give back to other cancer patients near Asheville, North Carolina.  He visits the hospital where he had treatment twice a month and delivers warm blankets and snacks to cancer patients. As a successful real estate entrepreneur, Chris owns Modern Mountain Real Estate and hosts an annual golf tournament that his coworkers started during his treatment. All proceeds go to cancer patients.

 

Season 2, Episode 19, Special Movember 2022 episode:

Two Brothers and Their Dad Survive Testicular Cancer

Jordan Stine and Max Mallory never met each other, but have an odd connection: a scholarship and TC!

 

Jordan found a lump on his testicle two weeks after his wedding. He knew about testicular cancer because his dad and his younger brother survived the disease. Jordan followed the advice of his sibling, who told him to get through the day and what was right in front of him. He did, and he banked sperm as well. Now, eight years after his diagnosis and the father of three children, Jordan tells his story of cancer treatment, IVF, the grant he and his wife received to help cover IVF expenses, and life with a young family. After his testicular cancer journey, he looks forward to T-ball practice and living life “where his feet are that day.”

 

In 2016, Max Mallory’s family set up the Max Mallory Scholarship for majors in Media Arts and Game Development (MAGD) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, originally working with the wonderful Katie Kuznacik there. When she was promoted, Jordan Stine became Director of Philanthropy at UWW. A UWW alum, he’d starred on the UW baseball team from 2006-2010. The Max Mallory Foundation now provides an annual, two-year scholarship for a junior in the MAGD program and a cash prize for the annual MAGD Expo. It was only after Jordan began handling the scholarship that we discovered this serendipitous connection–we all want to provide awareness of testicular cancer!

 

Season 2, Episode 18:

It Started in Biology Class – A Dad Shares His Testicular Cancer Story

Something in his first semester, freshman college biology class, triggered Matt Froestad to visit the local hospital emergency department and ask about the lump on his testicle. His intuition paid off because he had testicular cancer- Stage 1A diagnosed in 2009. He returned to the hospital in 2011, his senior year, to learn cancer had returned in his other testicle – again Stage 1A. But Matt banked sperm before his surgery for this second go-round with cancer. Listen to Matt’s story of cancer, sperm banking, IVF with his wife, and the birth of his daughter.

 

Season 2, Episode 17:

The Healing Power of Motorcycle Track Racing for Testicular Cancer

Matt Finch grew up in a family that rode and raced motorcycles. He continues this tradition that helped him heal from his testicular cancer diagnosis and treatment at age 29. He had two children, aged 7 and 5 when he learned about his cancer. Four years later, he’s added another child to his family and spends his time as a police officer in Woodbridge, Suffolk, in the UK, with his children and partner Lucy, and on his bike to help raise awareness about this disease.

 

Season 2, Episode 16:

A Testicular Cancer Survivor Goes from Baseball to Culinary School

Caleb Kerbs played second base for a Division 1 baseball team at the University of Maine. His testicular cancer diagnosis happened during his junior year of college in 2018. He was lucky since his cancer was at Stage 1. Now, four years later, he tells his story of survival, meditation with Buddhist monks in Thailand, and culinary school.

 

Season 2, Episode 15:

Navigating Cancer and Stem Cell Transplants

With a master’s degree in social work, Christina Merrill saw how managing a transplant diagnosis upended the lives of patients and their caregivers. She founded the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation (BMCF) in 1992 to help patients and their caregivers facing bone marrow and other transplants. In 2018, she expanded all services to cancer patients and their caregivers. Christina talks about the BMCF financial and community services available to cancer patients, including testicular cancer patients.

 

Season 2, Episode 14:

What Are You Reading about Testicular Cancer – Trends and Topics

In 2022, 10,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. Podcast host Joyce Lofstrom discusses testicular cancer headlines from news alerts and her experiences talking with cancer survivors. She covers the topics of harmful forever chemicals – PFAS as one – linked to testicular cancer, life after completing the cancer journey, healthcare insurance coverage, and finding and receiving the needed care during and after cancer.

 

Season 2, Episode 13:

Forget the Fear, Bring It Up and Talk about Testicular Cancer, Men’s Health

Bryan Stacy faced a testicular cancer and sexually transmitted infection diagnosis on the same day. A man in his early 30s, Bryan found his life soon changed with surgery, chemo and recovery for three months at his parents’ house. The testicular cancer experience led him to look at his life and what he wanted out of it. He left his job in Washington, D.C., moved to New York City, and founded two successful businesses as a creator of tech to help people feel safe and help men feel comfortable talking about their general health and sexual health. With those two businesses behind him, Bryan Stacy now has another business in development.

Season 2, Episode 12:

Byron Lane Lives Life with Humor, Honesty & Hope 

Byron Lane is an author, playwright, screenwriter, and testicular cancer survivor diagnosed in 2015 and 2020. His award-winning web series LAST WILL & TESTICLE, released in 2016, provides a humorous and introspective look at Byron’s testicular cancer experience. Lane shares his perspective as a cancer survivor and advocate in this podcast. In April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he learned cancer had returned, a diagnosis received two months before the release of his debut novel, A STAR IS BORED, described by the New York Times as “wildly funny.”  The book is about an uptight celebrity assistant struggling to manage his eccentric movie star boss, inspired in part by Lane’s time as assistant to beloved actress Carrie Fisher. With the upcoming book release, Lane says he had something to look forward to during his days of chemo and treatment. Lane is a two-time regional Emmy Award winner from his time as a television news journalist. As a playwright and scriptwriter, he authored the acclaimed play TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST and the feature film HERPES BOY starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. Lane lives with his husband, bestselling author Steven Rowley, in Palm Springs.

 

Season 2, Episode 11:

Back in the Air after Testicular Cancer – A Pilot’s Story

Richard Kentish is a UK training captain and examiner with Ryanair and a professional “with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry,” per his LinkedIn profile. He learned he had testicular cancer during the Covid-19 pandemic and managed his health with support from his wife and two young daughters. Now back in the air, Richard shares his emotional story of surviving testicular cancer, returning to a job he loves, and telling his story to as many people or organizations who will listen.

 

Season 2, Episode 10:

The Path Forward for this University Swimmer

Alex Obendorf learned he had advanced testicular cancer in 2020 during his senior year of college at the University of West Virginia. He left school and the final year of his swimming scholarship to return home for treatment. Alex had a 10-pound tumor wrapped around his aorta and other organs, a situation that required an 8- to 10-hour surgery. To show their support, his university swim team, coach, and team psychologist showed up at Alex’s door during his cancer journey. More than two years later, Alex shares his story of survival, mindfulness, and plans for the next phase of his life to give back to others facing similar healthcare challenges.

 

Season 2, Episode 9:

On the Other Side of Testicular Cancer

Byron Geldard learned he had testicular cancer at age 18. He survived and went on to a career with Young Lives Versus Cancer, a charity in England where Byron is the Fundraising Engagement Manager. He’s also a stand-up comedian who uses comedy to talk about cancer and survival. Find out how Byron moved on from his testicular cancer diagnosis to help children and other young people who have cancer.

 

Season 2, Episode 8:

Twice a Survivor, This Man’s Mission In Life: Stop Cancer

Todd Koza survived testicular cancer twice – once in high school and again some years later. He’s been cancer free for nine years. Now, he spends his free time raising awareness about all cancers, but especially testicular cancer, to help as many people as he can.

 

Season 2, Episode 7: 

Biking Across the World and Giving Back as a Testicular Cancer Survivor

 

Connor O’Leary was 19 and a professional cyclist when diagnosed with testicular cancer. After treatment, he and his dad David, a cancer survivor, qualified for Amazing Race 22. This competitive biking event took this duo across the world in 2014, and they won the competition. Connor joined the Testicular Cancer Foundation as Chief Mission Officer in 2015, where he helps other survivors and their families have the resources and community so crucial during this health journey.

 

Season 2, Episode 6: 

A New Book and a Testicular Cancer Diagnosis – A Survivor’s Cancer Saga

It happened at the same time. Andy Storch released his book Own Your Career, Own Your Life and learned he had Stage 2 testicular cancer. Instead of promoting his new book, this testicular cancer survivor spent the next few months managing chemotherapy, adjusting his diet, and adding alternative treatments to his care regimen. Hear the story of this husband, father, and business owner who is on a mission to get the absolute most out of life and inspire others to do the same.

 

Season 2, Episode 5: 

How to Keep a Sense of Purpose, Navigate Testicular Cancer and Start a Business

Nathan Kaufer joins us between his first and second cycles of high-dose chemo and stem cell replacement treatment. An entrepreneur, he founded CatchItEarly to “deliver cancer awareness and information along with creative gear styled for a dream-chasing generation.” Nathan is a psychology student in his final quarter at the  University of California–Davis. He shares his testicular cancer journey to help other young men who face a cancer diagnosis.

 

Season 2, Episode 4: 

Run, Run, Run – Top Canadian Marathon Athlete Shares His Testicular Cancer Story

Running, teaching, running, testicular cancer…teaching….thyroid cancer… Jonathan Bradnam finished first among Canadian men in the 2021 New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, 2021. A teacher from Welland, Ontario, Canada, Jonathan survived two cancers, continued running during his journey, and began a running group for his students. His athletic ability and healthy living are part of his testicular cancer story.

 

 

Season 2, Episode 3: 

Taking Care of Life with Non-Traditional Yoga and Optimism – A Testicular Cancer Survivor’s Story

Tim Kenny decided to take care of life after testicular cancer with a positive outlook and nontraditional yoga. Learn more about this home inspector and yoga instructor who talks about his approach to life in Chichester, England, UK.  His optimism provides insights valuable to everyone touched by cancer, and listeners will learn more about why he likes and teaches nontraditional yoga.

 

 

Season 2, Episode 2: 

Be Vocal – From Testicular Cancer to Volleyball Championships to Giving Back

Owen McAndrews is a testicular cancer survivor, athlete, and experienced fundraiser for cancer. Diagnosed in high school with testicular cancer and during volleyball championships, Owen continued playing volleyball then and during college, where his team won championships in 2014 and 2015. Giving back became part of his life as an active participant in Movember and the American Cancer Society. Owen is a Solutions Engineer for Sprout Social in Seattle

 

 

Season 2, Episode 1: A Family Comes Together to Support Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Learn from a sibling’s perspective, that of Nick Giallourakis, about the cancer diagnosis of his brother Steven at age 15. The family came together and established the Steven G. Cancer Foundation to raise money for cancer research. Nick now serves as Executive Director of Elephants and Tea, a media company designed to build awareness of and help adolescents and young adults with cancer. Now, 16 years later, Steven has survived four cancer diagnoses … and the family continues to work together to help teens and young adults with cancer.

 

 

Episode 27: Michael Acosta: What Every Man Born with One Testicle MUST Know

One of our most gripping episodes ever. Michael Acosta was born with an undescended testicle. Even with the removal of that testicle as a baby, Michael had a higher risk for testicular cancer. He shares his story of cancer diagnosis at age 17 and now, more than 11 years later, his dedication to raising awareness about the disease.

 

 

Episode 26: Genetics and Testicular Cancer – Insights from a Public Health Researcher

Geneticist and cancer epidemiologist Charleen Adams, Ph.D., shares her insights on the genetics of testicular cancer and cancer, in general. She began her career as a chaplain in Manhattan, NY, a position that led her to study disease prevention through genetics. She is now a bioinformatics Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Lemos Lab at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

 

Episode 25: What Happens on My Cancer Anniversary?

Our host Joyce was 25, only 3 years older than Max Mallory, when she was first diagnosed with cancer. What should any cancer survivor do on a cancer anniversary? she asks in this episode. It was 43 years ago when Joyce was diagnosed and she says, “I always honor that day, in my mind and with something special, be it something as simple and delicious as a hot fudge sundae or lunch with a friend.” This 13-min. episode packs a punch–you’ll want to listen to this heartfelt story.

 

 

Episode 24: A Testicular Cancer Survival Story with a Dog, Quality Care and Giving Back

Brett Hoffland is a weekend TV anchor and reporter in the Twin Cities. He shares his testicular cancer survival story from the day his dog jumped on him to the end of chemo. Listen to his journey with insights valuable to all men, including the role of his dog Scoobie in finding his cancer early in the process.

 

 

Episode 23: Traveling the Testicular Cancer Journey as a Caregiver

Kristen Gautier is an elementary process coordinator and psychological examiner in special education and coaches junior varsity basketball. She traveled the testicular journey as a caregiver for her husband, Nate. She shares her story of caregiving and the importance of taking care of herself during the journey and now, with their first child soon to arrive.

 

 

Episode 22: It’s Been 5 Years Since My Son Died from Testicular Cancer

On the five-year anniversary of the passing of Max Mallory, who died from testicular cancer at age 22, his mother, host Joyce Lofstrom, talks about testicular cancer awareness five years ago versus today, what it’s like to lose a child, and how one can survive by transforming their grief into service to others. This isn’t a sad episode, despite the topic: you’ll find some great advice for anyone who wants to succeed; the startling and sudden turn cancer can take; and many other captivating details.

 

Episode 21: Testicular Cancer – A Story of Survival, Support and an Ice Cream Company

The correct diagnosis for Shane Kenny’s testicular cancer took almost five years. Once confirmed, he had surgery and began chemotherapy with support from his partner and fellow bartender, Sarah Pleitez. As the coronavirus shutdown began, Shane and Sarah introduced their new company…Big Shane’s Ice Cream. Sarah develops the recipes and Shane approves the flavors, all designed with favorite profiles of Irish foods.  See what it takes to navigate and survive testicular cancer and begin a business at the same time.

 

 

Episode 20: What to Know about Testicular Cancer and Men’s Wellness

Michael J. Rovito, Ph.D., focuses on testicular cancer research after his own cancer scare as a teenager. He discusses men’s wellness, testicular cancer, and testicular self-examination, emphasizing men’s quality of life, especially after surviving testicular cancer. He is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida.

 

 

Episode 19: From Beach Volleyball to Testicular Cancer – A Survivor’s Story

Grant O’Gorman represents Canada as a beach volleyball player; he’s been playing the sport for more than a decade. He is also a testicular cancer survivor who benefited from the worldwide break in 2020 sporting events due to the coronavirus. Listen to Grant’s story and his efforts to raise awareness

 

 

Episode 18: Listening to the Patient – A Researcher’s Point of View

Deborah Bekele is a medical anthropology doctoral candidate studying testicular and prostate cancer. Her Ph.D. focuses on men’s health promotion and advocacy. Listen to her insights on testicular cancer gained from her patient interviews on the podcast Don’t Give Up on Testicular Cancer from the Max Mallory Foundation.

 

 

Episode 17: The Power of Positive in a Testicular Cancer Journey

Anthony Mastrogiulio found his “cancer family” when diagnosed with testicular cancer. He used the power of positive throughout his journey of surgeries, chemotherapy, and testicular cancer advocacy. Discover who belongs to this important group, why they matter, and how Anthony helps others find support in their testicular cancer journey.

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Episode 16: From a Mom – When Will Sons and Husbands Talk about Their Balls?

Karen McWhirt lost her son Ian at age 20 to testicular cancer. At Ian’s request, she wrote a book so that other young men could avoid this cancer, check their balls, and talk about their health. Now, mothers, wives, partners, and so many people wonder when this conversation will begin.

 

 

Episode 15: Young Adults Discuss Losing a Friend to Testicular Cancer

It’s something young adults don’t often face: losing one of their own in his 20s. Two close friends of Max Mallory, Freja Hagemann and Erik Brundidge, share their memories of Max during college and after his testicular cancer diagnosis in this episode.

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Episode 14: Three Kids, a Musical and a Book – After Testicular Cancer

Tom Willner wrote a musical during his chemo treatment for testicular cancer. He banked sperm, and his wife was pregnant with their first child at the same time. Now, some 20 years later, he’s written a book and continues to share his experiences as a patient through a company he co-founded to bring his story to others.

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Episode 13: Surviving the Loss of a Sibling to Testicular Cancer

John-Mark Mallory lost his only brother, Max, to testicular cancer. He shares experiences during Max’s illness, his grief process, career path, and, now, plans for the Max Mallory Foundation as its executive director. Listen to John-Mark on how to survive the loss of a sibling to testicular cancer.

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Episode 12: A Pharmacist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Tells His Story

Michael Craycraft, survivor and pharmacist, explains why he delayed telling others of symptoms; why the pharmacist is a key part of the medical team; and how he started the first national organization, the Testicular Cancer Society.

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Episode 11: Vulnerability Is Actually A Strength in the Testicular Cancer Journey

One of our most honest, emotional interviews: marathon runner (before and after his diagnosis) Nate Gautier talks about the power of vulnerability when facing cancer.

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Episode 10: Who Says Men Won’t Come Together for Testicular Cancer?

Jason Greenspan decided to set a world record for men coming together in one place to check their testicles for testicular cancer. Hear his survival story and the event he held during his senior year in college – all to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

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Episode 9: A Poem and Facts about Testicular Cancer

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, we have a 7-min. podcast with two key elements: total stats on testicular cancer, and “Orchids,” a poem Max Mallory wrote about the TC experience. Listen in!

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Episode 8: Surviving Testicular Cancer Three Times – Then and Now

Tim Buckland survived testicular cancer three times! And it was not recurrences, but three different types of testicular cancer. Hear his amazing story and how it led him into biochemistry and researching cancer.

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Episode 7: It’s OK to Talk about Your Balls and Testicular Cancer

Jason Birckbichler approaches his testicular cancer diagnosis with humor in his blog A Ballsy Sense of Tumor. Jason talks about life before, during, and after cancer, and why men should be comfortable talking about their health.

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Episode 6: Go to the Doctor – How I Survived Testicular Cancer

Travis Garski shares his journey of survival with testicular cancer, an experience he describes, in part, as a kind of “ego-death.” After a snowboarding vacation, he went to the doctor suspecting something might be wrong. He then traversed the nine weeks of chemo to reach good health and a new outlook on life. Listen to his story.

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Episode 5: Beyond Cancer – A Young Woman’s Journey to Help Others

Mallory Casperson, founder of Lacuna Loft, shows how her experience as a young adult with cancer and few resources led her to create a unique organization that provides online support worldwide for young adults with cancer, and at no cost. Host Joyce Lofstrom tells of her own experience as a young adult with cancer.

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Episode 4: A Mom Talks about Testicular Cancer

Joyce Lofstrom, host, tells of the journey with her son’s testicular cancer. Any person facing testicular cancer will get great ideas on getting the best info, better ways to talk with your doctor, and other tips for parents and patients who want to hold down the panic and get the best path for treatment. What you ask for, or even demand, can make a big difference.

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Episode 3: Life Goes On – One Testicular Cancer Survivor’s POV

Adam Johnstone’s survival story is amazing: multiple dangerous surgeries and arduous chemo. Hear the journey he faced, and how it led to his own participation in Imerman Angels (he was Max’s “angel”). He also gives advice on parents and young men who might feel uncomfortable talking about “that” part of the body.

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Episode 2: A Conversation with a Testicular Cancer Survivor and Entrepreneur: Jonny Imerman

Jonny Imerman, a testicular cancer survivor, talks about his cancer journey and Imerman Angels, which he established after his cancer journey to provide one-on-one support for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

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Episode 1: Why We Never Gave Up on Testicular Cancer – with Chuck Mallory

This podcast series launches with the story of Max Mallory who died at age 22 of testicular cancer. His dad, Chuck Mallory, talks with podcast host Joyce Lofstrom, Max’s mom, about Max, the Max Mallory Foundation and why this podcast series will help listeners understand more about this rare but prevalent form of cancer that targets boys and men most often from their teenage years through their 40s and older.

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