When I stopped treatment for melanoma, I faced dilemmas. How do I recover my strength? And how, after being wrapped up in the pattern of blood work, infusions, CT scans, and doctor’s appointments, could I reinvent my life?

AwakenCARE offers a 90-day program for recovery. I wish I’d had this back in August.

Sara Gause worked for fifteen years in cancer care but realized there’s a huge gap between “Congratulations! You’re cancer free” and what happens next as survivors try to rebuild their lives. That’s where AwakenCARE comes in.

Through the program, the individual learns Mind Health by working on: reducing stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression, as well as eliminating the fear of cancer recurrence.

The second phase is Body Health. With Sara’s help, the individual works to eliminate side effects, achieve and maintain optimal weight, plan healthy meals, cleanse and reduce future toxin exposures, and exercise.

The third phase is Purpose. I felt rudderless after treatment. With this phase, the survivor discovers gratitude, takes inventory of emotional states, and lives with intention.

This isn’t an instant fix. This is a 90-day program that begins with a phone consultation in which Sara discusses options and pricing. Next is a one-hour intake appointment to help create a plan tailored to the individual.

From there, Sara helps survivors keep on track toward goals through motivation and coaching.

For more information, find Sara at

On Eagle’s Wings

Summit Aviation is impacting cancer survivors’ lives, one Flight Camp at a time.

A vision of Ben Walton, founder of Summit Aviation flight school near Bozeman, Montana, Big Sky Kids Cancer Survivor’s Camp works with four young adults each year. They experience flying through some of the most beautiful vistas in the world, including Yellowstone National Park.

The four campers participate in all aspects of flight instruction, from ground school to takeoffs and landings. The goal is to expose them to flight, not necessariy to push them into full-time flight training.

The camp is a chance at an incredible experience after stolen opportunities for some due to cancer treatment. For others, it’s about removing limitations and revealing new skills and abilities.

Begun in 2014, the camp works with Eagle Mount, a charitable organization established in 1982 to help children with disabilities and cancer. Every summer, Eagle Mount identifies four young adults who have overcome cancer and brings them to Summit. Over the course of a week, the kids learn every aspect of flying: ground school, preflight, takeoffs, and landings.

Summit Aviation needs $12,000 per student to sponsor the camp. For more information and to donate, visit the webside ( or visit the fundraising page (

Adapted from AOPA Pilot magazine, January 2019