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A Film That’s Planting the Seed and Sparking Awareness

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2014

Image of Funeral Day the movie

Funeral Day, a darkly funny feature film, joins forces with the Testicular Cancer Society via the crowdfunding platform Seed&Spark.

Several clicks after seeing a Tweet from director/co-producer Jon Weinberg, Mike Craycraft, the founder of the Testicular Cancer Society, landed on a crowdfunding page on Seed&Spark for the independent film Funeral Day.


“I immediately had to reach out to Jon and see how the Testicular Cancer Society could get involved in helping bring the film to life,” says Craycraft. “The film’s storyline was so close to my own that it really hit home.”


Funeral Day is a comedy about a young man who believes he has found a lump on his testicle and thinks he might be dying, so he skips his friend’s funeral (who actually did die of cancer) in an attempt to start living his own life to the fullest.


“Since Funeral Day is a narrative film, partnering with an outside organization wasn’t the first thing on my mind. It’s something I associate more with docs,” says Weinberg, “But after talking to Mike, the ability to make a difference by working together seemed like an exciting opportunity.”


After feeling a lump the main character in Funeral Day refuses to go to the doctor. This reluctance to see a doctor is not uncommon in men. Craycraft, a testicular cancer survivor, waited seven months after feeling his lump before he went to the doctor.


“For seven months I ended up living like I was dying. I even threw my own ‘going away’ party because I was so convinced I was going to die. But I never told anyone that’s what I was doing, or that any of this was going on,” says Craycraft. “This film is going to be an invaluable tool in helping us not just raise awareness about testicular cancer but to help change how guys address their health issues.”


As part of the partnership, the Testicular Cancer Society will help bring the film to fruition. In return, the society will be able to incorporate the film into their testicular cancer education and awareness programs. Both the society and the producers of the film hope that by engaging in co-promotion, more men (and the woman in their lives) will become aware of testicular cancer and reduce delays they have in seeking care.


“We chose Seed&Spark as our crowdfunding platform because they are all about making a healthier environment in which to make films,” says Weinberg. “Now we not only have the opportunity to bring a great film to life, but actually help make men’s lives healthier too. And hopefully bring some laughs along the way”


To learn more about Funeral Day’s Seed&Spark campaign visit: 


Funeral Day is the debut feature film of co-directors Jon Weinberg and Ronnie Butler. It stars Tyler Labine (Deadbeat, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil), Tygh Runyan (Stargate Universe, the upcoming Versailles), Suzy Nakamura (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Horrible Bosses 2), Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Flashforward) and many others. It was written by Kris Elgstrand, an award winning screenwriter whose most recent film, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.



Testicular Cancer Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity to reduce the burden of testicular cancer by increasing education and awareness and providing support services to fighters, survivors and caregivers.

SPiN Turns Their Balls Blue in the Rally for Men’s Health

Ping Pong Club Partners With the Testicular Cancer Society to Spark Conversations

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – June 12, 2014) – To raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among males, SPiN, the international ping pong venue co-owned by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, announces the launch of Rally for Men’s Health, a month-long initiative spanning the month of June. For the first time, the company will turn their balls blue, engage high-profile personalities in matches, launch a social media campaign and offer specials to benefit the Testicular Cancer Society.

With obvious health benefits of physical activity and human connection, Men’s Health Month provided an opportunity for SPiN to demonstrate their platform as the “unplugged social network” which gets people moving, and their venue as a place to initiate conversations. “The Rally for Men’s Health was created in the true spirit of our organization,” says Pieter Vanermen, CEO of SPiN. “Using a little humor to tackle these very serious issues is another step in our mission to strengthen our communities.”

The venue’s first step is to turn their ping pong balls blue, with a donation pledged to the Testicular Cancer Society for every party who serves up the “Blue Ball Special” at their downtown locations in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Dubai. “One guy, every hour, every day is diagnosed with testicular cancer,” says Mike Craycraft, Founder of the Testicular Cancer Society, which provides education about the disease and support for fighters and survivors. “SPiN’s role in provoking conversation is exactly what we need to overcome that moment of awkwardness, potentially saving lives.”

The ping pong venue will also donate one dollar for every photo of a blue ball posted with the hashtag #SPiNBlueBalls on Instagram or Twitter.

The funds raised mark the SPiN Foundation’s first charitable gift. As the non-profit arm of the global ping pong company, the Foundation’s mission is to help their neighbors by focusing efforts on organizations that create opportunities and provide assistance to those in need. Proceeds will fund TCS’s “Chemo-Sabe Comfort Kits” for young men going through chemotherapy treatment.

For more details on SPiN’s Rally for Health, please visit For information on the Testicular Cancer Society, visit

About SPiN:

SPiN is a franchise of international ping pong venues that combine an unusual mixture of sport, design and entertainment. Offering unique day and nighttime entertainment, the clubs feature ping pong courts, a full bar, restaurant, pro-shop and private VIP room. Memberships are available but are not necessary to take part in the nightly events, tournaments, private ping pong instruction with professional players, and casual socializing and play. Created by owners Franck Raharinosy, Andrew Gordon, Jonathan Bricklin and Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, SPiN venues are currently located in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Dubai.

About the Testicular Cancer Society:

The Testicular Cancer Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises awareness for the most common form of cancer in men age 15-35. It is dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the disease and providing support for fighters, survivors and caregivers. Founded by Mike Craycroft, a clinical pharmacist who waited seven months before seeing a doctor and being diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, the mission of the group is to get people to talking about the disease.




Touch Your Junk, It’s the Biz

Testicular Cancer Awareness at the Carrington College California Health Fair

A Health Fair was held on February 21, 2013 on the Antioch, California campus of Carrington College California and was attended by over 150 students in their LVN Nursing program, Pharmacy Technicians, Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, and Medical Assistant programs as well as faculty and administrative staff.


The Health Fair included a display to spread awareness for Testicular and Breast Cancer and the importance of self exams. The display was playfully titled “Touch your junk, it’s the biz” and included anatomical models of the male and female anatomy as well as hands on displays that allowed participants to feel for lumps in the female breasts and the male testicles.


Those who were able to correctly identify the number and size of lumps were awarded with their own set of bouncing balls and/or chicken breast sandwiches. The Health Fair was a huge success and spread the word about testicular cancer to many people who were shocked at the statistics involved and who eagerly collected the brochures to share with their friends, family and loved ones. With a cure rate of 90-100% for early detection, it is a game we can all win with a little awareness and a monthly self exam!




Thanks to Carrington College California for including our brochures in their display.




GivingTuesday Reminds Us to Get Involved

We Give Thanks, We Get Deals but What about Giving Back?

Black Friday! Cyber Monday! Why is it that as soon as we finish our meal on Thanksgiving our focus shifts from giving thanks to what can we get?


Deals are great but can’t we do something to be greater?


#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.


Changing the focus of a nation from shopping to giving is a monumental task but you can help.


On Tuesday, November 27th, take a moment to see how you can give back. We realize that money is tight and time is limited but there are easy and inexpensive ways for you to Give Back and help make Giving Tuesday a success.


We have a list of 16 Easy Ways to Help the Testicular Cancer Society so considering doing a few this Tuesday and be a part of a changing movement.


Thanks for Your Support,




AOL Cause of the Day

Testicular Cancer Society was the Cause of the Day

On July 8th the Testicular Cancer Society was featured as the Cause of the Day on the AOL homepage as part of the AOL Impact program. The link went to our own Testicular Cancer Society AOL Impact page that contained additional information about our organization. With the millions of AOL homepage viewers this was a big step in helping us try to reach the 38 million men in the U.S. that are most at risk for testicular cancer. A huge Thank You to AOL Impact for helping us make a difference.

Testicular Cancer Society as Cause of the Day

Touch Your Nutz

A Charitable Touch Foundation has teamed up with the Testicular Cancer Society to help raise awareness for testicular self-exams with their TOUCH YOUR NUTZ – Jewelry That Cares!

25% of each purchase is donated to the Testicular Cancer Society via eBay Giving Works

Touch Your Nutz


A Charitable Touch Foundation understands that the key to successful outcomes with testicular cancer starts with early detection and treatment. This simple message in echoed in their high style, classic design TOUCH YOUR NUTZ – Jewelry That Cares! collection.


The TOUCH YOUR NUTZ line allows you to show your awareness, share your awareness, rock your style and support the Testicular Cancer Society at the same time.

Get your choker, wrist band and Key Ring today.

A Charitable Touch Foundation is donating 25% of your purchase to the Testicular Cancer Society via eBay Giving Works.


Sport Your Support Today. These are NOT your kid’s Awareness Bracelets so be an adult and show your support!!

Mike Craycraft

Together We Will Win Down With The Cause

Did the post title confuse you?

Well, we have posted about them before but now they are together on Ian’s Episode: Together We Will Win on The Ordinary Guy Network.


Take the time to listen to Karen McWhirt, author of  Together We Will Win and Jon Lewchenko, founder of Down With The Cause are together as they talk about testicular cancer. It was a great interview that hits home as to why testicular cancer awareness is so important. Listen today and then tell the young men in your life about testicular cancer tonight.


Also, be sure to check out Karen’s book, Together We Will Win and Jon’s organization Down With The Cause.


To learn more about Karen and Jon check out our previous posts: What happens When We Don’t Talk About Testicular Cancer and Are You Down With The Cause.


Remember, talk to the young men in your life about testicular cancer.




Skate4Cancer. Check Your Balls. Dream. Love. Cure.

In 2006, when I was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, I learned of Skate4Cancer (S4C). It was back when everyone was on Myspace and I was searching around looking for other people that mentioned being a testicular cancer survivor. I would try to strike up a friendship so that I could learn more about the disease and what to expect.

While searching around I ran into Skate4Cancer ( and I was immediately attracted but it wasn’t just with their Myspace page. I began seeing S4C in other people’s Myspace names and immediately felt like I knew them. S4C was a young, positive voice in the fight against cancer. It was a gathering of people with similar experiences and desires and it was just what I had been looking for. S4C was one of the organizations that I learned from and wanted to emulate when forming the Testicular Cancer Society.

So why am I sharing all of this with you now?

I am excited to share that the Testicular Cancer Society has teamed up with Skate4Cancer as part of their “The Cure Is Knowledge” Check Your Balls Campaign. It excites me that almost 5 years from the day I first found S4C and found hope in their messages that I am now in The Cure Is Knowledge fight with them. The Check Your Balls Campaign is aimed to help educate young men on the importance of self-testicular exams as a way to help fight against testicular cancer. I was able to share my story on their campaign page as well.

With testicular cancer “The Cure Is Knowledge.” Testicular cancer has highly effective treatments yet there are still young men dying from the disease. The reason for this is the lack of knowledge. Too many young men don’t know that they are at risk for testicular cancer, they don’t know how to do or aren’t aware of the importance of self-testicular exams and if they do notice something wrong they don’t seek medical attention soon enough. These delays in diagnosis lead to more complicated treatments and even death.

More on Skate4Cancer

Skate4cancer is an organization founded on the importance of engaging youth in cancer prevention. The skateboard world raised them, so working at a street level is what they know and their grassroots approach reflects it. By spreading this excitement and contagious way of thinking through epic skate marathons around the world, S4C has nurtured a strong, supportive community which they are dedicated to expanding.

Armed with the understanding that 80% of cancers can be prevented with early detection and healthy lifestyles, their “The Cure is Knowledge” campaigns propose that the only cure currently available is knowledge. They aim to create a public awareness of these forms of cancer, emphasizing the importance of understanding our bodies and family histories.

By creating educational campaigns that are easy to understand, they hope to inspire youth to incorporate preventative methods into their busy lives. Their goal is to bring together a community in support of these movements that passes the knowledge on to others. By instilling positive habits in young people they can create a generation of people that are well informed on preventative healthy living and familiarity with their bodies.

Skate4Cancer was somewhat of a crazy dream of Rob Dyer’s and this year they celebrated their 8th anniversary. Check out their short-documentary about the last 8 years.

Are You Down With The Cause?

Since joining the crazy cancer community almost 5 years ago I have learned a few absolutes that exist with Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer.

  1. Cancer really does suck. Down With The Cause
  2. You’re never too young to have cancer.
  3. The earlier you are diagnosed the better.
  4. We Need More Awareness!!!

I am excited to announce a new campaign to help with the awareness part: Down With The Cause

Down With The Cause is a non-profit organization helping spread awareness of ovarian & testicular cancer among college students by college students. This new and upcoming movement, started by Jon Lewchenko in the Chicagoland area, is sure to be a hit. Besides raising awareness of ovarian cancer and testicular cancer amongst college students, Down With The Cause will also aid the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the Testicular Cancer Society.

We are excited to be working with Jon and co-promoting ovarian and testicular cancer awareness. There are approximately 22,000 cases of ovarian cancer per year and 1,100 of those cases occur in women younger than 35 years old. Testicular cancer is the number one cancer for males aged 15-35. It is time that we come together and make a stand for both causes together.

So get down with your bad self and get Down With The Cause.
Help spread the word, raise awareness and support a new cause.

Testicular Cancer and Cell Phones

The jury is still out as to the risk of testicular cancer caused by cell phones. Instead of jumping into this debate we would rather give you the answer to a different question:

Can cell phones help battle testicular cancer? YES!!

Testicular Cancer Checker, a new free application for iPhone and iPod touch users has been launched by PSJ  Investments Limited from the UK. This app allows you to schedule monthly reminders to conduct self-testicular exams. The user can set the date and time that is convenient for the monthly exam so that it isn’t missed. If someone isn’t sure how to do a self-testicular exam the app takes care of that as well. The app gives detailed instructions and guidance and most importantly reminds the user to see a doctor quickly if a lump is detected.

The Testicular Cancer Checker is available in the AppStore for FREE. Don’t just download the app but be sure to share it with other men. Not only does it serve as a reminder to conduct regular exams but it can also be used to educate other men on how exactly to conduct a self-testicular exam.

Using the app can help you and sharing the app could help save another man’s life.

Would you feel awkward telling another guy about the Testicular Cancer Checker?

Well, why don’t you have him ask you about it?

There is no better way to trigger a conversation about cell phones and testicular cancer than with a little ball swag.

Don’t just protect your iPhone (and balls) but make a statement with Phoneballs!! Yep, silicone iPhone protectors are now available that come with testicles dangling from them. Not only can you protect your phone and create conversation about testicles and testicular cancer but 10% of the proceeds are donated to the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.

There you go, all the tools you need to use your phone to fight testicular cancer.

Now get out there and spread the word by talking balls!!!

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