Discovering The Beating Path

Two cancer survivors embark on a journey across the West to show that there is life after cancer. A beautiful one.

*We have raised $1899 so far with our fundraiser/ donation page!! Thank you everyone for your support!!

Most people think surviving cancer is the war. That is only the battle. The true battle is living life as a cancer survivor.


This documentary will explore what the cancer community offers, whether it is camps, support, and or success stories. It will follow the journey of two survivors as they embark on a journey across the West July 1st- August 12th.It will be a road trip from Chicago to California and back. On the road they will be couch surfing, and documenting all the new experiences they encounter. They will show how the cancer camps provide a positive environment, and that everyone has loving heart. The success stories will provide hope, and inspiration to all. By going to camps, and talking to survivors will show that there is a life after treatment.


The producer/director Evan Bartlett was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was four months old. Now he is 21 years old. He started reaching out to other cancer survivors, and discovered that they had/have similar struggles. Through out all of the struggles they managed to keep a positive outlook on life.

We will keep the gallery updated with the I Survived Cancer webseries, and new video updates.


In 2008, the National Cancer Institute estimated that there were 12 million Americans alive with a history of cancer.

 In 2012, it is estimated that  1,638,910 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer.  About 577,190 Americans are expected to die. 

We believe with the right knowledge, and support that anyone can survive cancer. 


Couch surfing is a network full of kind travelers. We have set up 1-2 people in each state to stay with. We have spoke to all of the hosts, and they are more than willing to be part of this documentary. For a better understanding check out:




June 2nd- Fire Department Car Wash (Edwardsville, IL)

June 29th- MAD ART Fundraiser (St.Louis, IL)

*Two other fundraisers are being planned. More info will be provided soon.



Our fundraising efforts for Discovering the Beating Path documentary hit a milestone! An amazing family donated a new camera! While another fearless female is organizing coupons for food on our journey! This means at the very least, we are able to make it to California and back to film your stories!

However, we still need your help to procure the final items. The 2nd Camera, sound equipment and most important, production insurance. Thank you everyone for your continued support in this one of a kind project that's sure to change lives. A final push will make this happen, please consider a making a donation & spreading the word so we may better show you, Young Adult Cancer Survivorship is a beautiful thing.


Director/ Producer:                                                                            

Evan Bartlett was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was 4 months old. He is now 20 years old. He goes to Columbia College of Chicago for film. 

Line Producer:                                                                                       

Elijah Accola was diagnosed with a stage 2 Malignant brain tumor in 2011 at the age of 19. He is now 20, and a year cancer free. He is studying to become  a Special Education teacher at SIUE.

Associate Producer:

Amanda Hitt was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in 2009 upon repeated miscarriages. She is now 35 years old and a full-time YA advocate, nonprofit ambassador, and does peer review for the Dept of Defense Medical Research Program.

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