I first made the acquaintance of Tambre Leighn about a year ago. She had a trial account and was poking around, and asked some of the big questions. Language translations? Content licensing? Independent branding for sub-accounts?
It was clear that she had big intentions. A month later I was on a conference call with Tambre and a few of her colleagues, featuring more hard hitting questions concerning security, infrastructure, reseller arrangements, and oh by the way how well could your system handle 10- or 20-thousand users all doing the same program1?
I let her know afterwards it was a pleasure to be on that call, being hit by the big questions is the stuff of having my creation be under serious consideration for the sake of serious plans. To this she replied:
When you lose the love of your life, the only thing left to do, if you’re me, is to play the biggest game ever inspired by his legacy. 14 million plus survivors, many struggling with the collateral damage of cancer, are out there in need. Yes, big is fun and awesome…more to come ;)
And that was my first real taste of the passion and flair driving the Well Beyond This program.
Well Beyond This is a cancer survivor’s program, helping people thrive with, through, and beyond the disease. I personally have been thus far fortunate enough to not have been afflicted by cancer, but even from this sideline position I find the intention and focus of the program to be uplifting, making it one of those “Oh I’m so glad that exists in the world” sort of things.
WBT recognizes that patients of conventional medicine are left largely on their own when it comes to dealing with depression, stress, fatigue and so forth, and fills in the gaps by giving participants the tools to strengthen relationships, cultivate motivation and coping mechanisms, and empowering a happier and more balanced life.
Last month Tambre was in town, coming to Denver for CancerCon. Given the past months of strategy conference calls, developer collaboration, and the successful launch of the pilot program, I was honored that she could fit me into her busy visit.
Over a hot bowl of noodles (Tambre gets adventuresome points for trying pho for the first time) I got better acquainted with the history and background of the project. Tambre lost her husband to cancer some years ago, and despite her and her husband having the luxuries of being rather fit, financially stable, and surrounded by a loving and supportive community, found the ordeal incredibly difficult and taxing. It made her think wow, what if you’re not so blessed by circumstance going into it? How do you deal with that?
It gave her the drive to create something to help support others, both patients and their loved ones, in powerfully dealing with the disease. Armed with the training and methodology of IPEC Coaching, she created the Well Beyond This program as a means to help the millions of others out there.
If I was honored to get to meet her for lunch on this visit, that quite pales compared to the honor I feel getting to play a part in bringing this program to life by virtue of CA being its delivery platform.
We lingered over our lunch and good conversation for a lovely two hours, finding no shortage of things to talk about in the intersection of our works. I even learned she’s a seasoned dancer and invited her out to my usual Friday night out of swing dancing at the Denver Turnverein. (She was keen but didn’t make it out–had a private party invite come up for the night. I totally get it–private parties are the best during an out of town conference, amiright?)
Thanks Tambre for making time to hang out–I’m inspired by what you, Ed and the rest of the gang are up to, and again, am super honored to play a part in it!
- Incidentally, pretty well–I can throw more hardware at the situation generally much faster than such numbers can be rallied. Would have to make a few interface changes, though. ↩
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