Here is Joey Boats brain cancer survivors story.
Joey was diagnosed with a Pilocytic Astrocytoma in 2005 and after being in remission he was diagnosed again in 2013. After fighting again he won the battle. He has been cancer free now for over 6 years. Having gone through a terrible ordeal, Joey intends to give back and help others.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Joey and hearing his plans going forward.
Hi Joey, how are you doing?
I’m doing excellent, I’m feeling healthy, strong, and young.
What do you do now in your life?
I work for a nonprofit organization called Toolbank. I also volunteer with another nonprofit called Team Rubicon. Because of my service with Team Rubicon I’ve been awarded two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
“I’ve been awarded two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards”
Who Is Toolbank?
Toolbank was started in Atlanta in the 90s and grew from Toolbank Disaster Services, they help other nonprofit organizations with utilization of tools in disaster response, with seven other affiliates including the one I work for in Cincinnati Ohio. At Toolbank, I run deliveries of tools and like items to other non-profits in my city so they themselves can do projects to perform outreach in the community. My most memorable moment with Toolbank so far is when I was added to the staff this past spring.
Who Is Team Rubicon?
Team Rubicon is a veteran-led disaster response agency, I help with the logistical aspect of disaster response. Team Rubicon was started in 2010 by a man named Jake Wood, after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Jake just wanted to help those folks so he got some friends together, that he served within the U.S. Marines, and went through the Dominican Republic and out of their action came Team Rubicon. It’s now grown into almost ten thousand volunteers of mostly military veterans and also civilians and first responders.
“Ten thousand volunteers of mostly military veterans and also civilians and first responders”
Some of my most memorable moments with Team Rubicon are during every operation I go on! But the standouts are Operation Hard Hustle in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and Operation Silver Sun in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence. Team Rubicon is Global, with Team Rubicon USA, Team Rubicon Global, Team Rubicon UK, Netherlands, and Australia.
What motivates you?
My motivation is my chance to every day, make a difference, plus I have beaten cancer, TWICE!!!
Who is your personal hero or are your heroes?
I really don’t have one person or persons I look to as heroes, but I’ve put the ethics of those I look up to and respect into my personality. That has helped with my willingness to serve, to make a difference and to stay healthy.
What would you say is the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?
Well 40 days after my second operation I ran a half marathon, I’ve free climbed several mountains in the American Rockies, I’ve sought the wisdom of the Navajo and the Lakota.
“I’ve free climbed several mountains in the American Rockies”
What is the toughest challenge a survivor faces?
Having a true support system, that comes with 100% support, love, and understanding.
What is next on your agenda?
To write a book, which is harder than it sounds.
Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?
To Never give up, you’re always in the fight.
Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything?
After seeking the wisdom of a Lakota priest I was given a name, He Who Flies with Hawks.
What an amazing amount of opportunities Joey has come across and taken.
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