The Story of Pro Snowboarder and B4BC Ambassador Megan Pischke’s Courageous Journey with Breast Cancer Told for the First Time
In October of 2012, pro snowboarder Megan Pischke Porcheron was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer ironically just one month after hosting a surf and wellness retreat for breast cancer survivors – one of many she had hosted in her 17 years as a long time ambassador for the non-profit Boarding for Breast Cancer. In the months that followed, Megan invited B4BC to document her experiences with both western and non-traditional cancer care, including the controversial cold cap therapy, which allowed her to keep her hair despite chemotherapy.
On Wed., January 21 the former X Games athlete will share her story in the documentary film, Chasing Sunshine, a rare and real life look at cancer, the rigors of treatments and the beautiful side of survival. The B4BC documentary, made possible by The North Face, makes its U.S. debut in Pischke’s home state of Colorado.
“Without a doubt, my experiences as a pro snowboarder and B4BC ambassador have prepared me for this next part of my journey,” said Megan, entering her second year in remission. “I am humbled by the outpouring of love since my diagnosis and have gained a deeper appreciation of the importance of community and connecting with the world around you during the most vulnerable of times. Every morning I open my eyes, I am so grateful for another day.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House. Find more information about the event here, and claim your free ticket in person at the Wheeler Opera House. For a sneak peek of the film, view the Chasing Sunshine trailer.
Following the premiere, guests are invited to celebrate at the official premiere after party and fundraiser presented by B4BC, The North Face, Vans, and ASYMBOL. Join Megan, her husband and pro snowboarder David Carrier Porcheron, B4BC team riders and Olympians Jamie Anderson, Kaitlyn Farrington, Elena Hight and others at Aspen’s exclusive Caribou Club for a night of art, entertainment, and fun. View and bid on photography and art prints by Thomas Campbell, Mike Basich, Vanessa Stark, and ASYMBOL artists Laura Austin, Chris Brunkhart, Jamie Lynn and Mike Parillo. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages by Stranahan’s Whiskey and Ole Smokey while you try your hand at blackjack or walk away a winner with raffle prizes from The North Face, Nixon, Oakley, Vans, Volcom, VonZipper and more. Doors open at 9PM. Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at the door and can be purchased at www.chasingsunshine.eventbrite.com or The Belly Up box office, with net proceeds benefiting B4BC’s Chasing Sunshine Project.
About Chasing Sunshine
Chasing Sunshine, a project by Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), is dedicated to breast cancer survivors everywhere. Both inspirational and educational, the program provides valuable content and wellness experiences that seek to improve the quality of life of individuals touched by this disease as they make the transition from patient to survivor. To donate and learn more, visit ChasingSunshineProject.org.
Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a youth focused 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through outreach, prevention and support programs. To learn more, visit B4BC.org.