Juaquin Chavira was 28 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and found a BRICK sized tumor growing in his stomach. The professional roller hockey player's life stood still when doctors gave him an expiration date. In a remarkable journey of perseverance, strength and support from his teammates, Juaquin is cancer-free.
A handful of kids from West Covina, California, started playing roller hockey together at a very young age. They played in their driveways and at public parks, just for fun. As teenagers they entered small tournaments and began to win quite a few. Eventually, they became one of the best youth squads in the State. They kept at it, and as adults went on to win a number of local professional tournaments.
The Los Angeles Pama Cyclones are now one of the best roller hockey teams in the world. Having won six NARCh Pro Championships, many of their players represent the USA in tournaments around the globe.
In the summer of 2011, LA Pama Cyclones team leader, 28 year-old Juaquin Chavira, was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
This was devastating news to the Los Angeles Pama Cyclones organization, its players, and their families. One of their own, on top of the world and seemingly physically fit, was facing a life or death struggle.
The cancer had developed rapidly and by the time they found it, it had spread to Juaquin's stomach and was the SIZE OF A BRICK. He didn't detect it early enough, doctors said, and was facing impossible odds. On top of that, he had no health insurance. It was bleak. Juaquin was going to die.
But his teammates wouldn't let that happen.
They helped create a foundation called JuaqStrong.
JuaqStrong received overwhelming support. The MLRH (Major League Roller Hockey) donated proceeds of their opening night to JuaqStrong. Rink owners in Southern California created tournaments just to fundraise. Even players from rival teams pitched in. The entire roller hockey world came together to support Juaquin. It was incredible.
Tens of thousands of dollars were raised and Juaquin was able to pay for his medical treatments (including chemotherapy and an orchidectomy). It was the most difficult time of his life.
During his recovery, Juaquin got back into action with the Cyclones. Exercise is good for cancer patients, he was told. Besides, there was no place he would rather be.
Eventually, they got the good news.
Juaquin was cancer free.
The "brick" was gone.
Today, not only does Juaquin play with a deeper conviction but the entire organization has more unity and passion than ever. After all, they could have lost a member of their "family."
The Los Angeles Pama Cyclones were a great pro roller hockey team who had proven they could beat any opponent. Now they know that they can overcome anything, together.
OUR GOAL FOR THE FILM
We hope this inspirational story will raise awareness for testicular cancer, communicate the importance of early detection and remind people that anything is possible through teamwork.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This film is only going to be amazing with your help. Any contribution is welcome and appreciated. So thank you for considering! In addition, we want to thank people who are particularly generous and have created an incrementally exciting system of rewards, called perks.
Grab a JuaqStrong The Movie t-shirt, get your name in the credits, become a producer, buy a brick, or take a chance on a mystery item!
Have a look at the sidebar to see the perks that are available. Some of them only have a limited number. So get them before someone else does!
The more people who participate, the more chance we have of getting the story out.
Please Tweet this, “Like” us on Facebook, and email this Indiegogo link around. Let your friends, teammates, support groups, and co-workers know about the film and this campaign.
WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR
Making a film is incredibly expensive. Hopefully we can hit our goal and make an inspiring documentary. The more we can raise, the bigger and better our film will be. We need the funds for cameras, lenses, lighting, cast, crew, animations, locations, sound design, editing, color correction, score, and many other miscellaneous expenses.
Frequently asked questions:
What if we don’t reach the campaign goal?
We are committed to making this movie no matter what happens or how much we raise.
Can we exceed the goal?
YES! We hope to. Indiegogo will allow as much money as is given before the deadline.
How will you get my address? How will you get my t-shirt size?
Once we cross our deadline, we will immediately begin manufacturing and completing perks for everyone involved. You will get a message from us requesting information from you like your t-shirt size/choice, address, etc. At that time, please reply to us as soon as possible so that we can complete your perk.
Can I contribute anonymously?
Yes. You can adjust how your name and contribution amount is displayed publicly on the campaign page’s Funders tab. You will be able to elect your contribution’s visibility status during the Share stage of the contribution process, right after you submit your payment information. At the top of the screen, you’ll see your Contribution Summary details. Next to your name and amount, select the “Change your visibility” link to view the options.
Can I increase my contribution once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your perk to a different one, or increase your donation amount. Just go to our campaign page to enter a new amount or choose a new perk.
Can I gift a perk?
Of course! If you would like to donate to the film but give the perk to someone as a gift, go through the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to request things like your t-shirt size and address. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the perk. We will make sure they are the person who receives it.
Where will the film release?
After our donators recieve their Special Edition DVD's of the film, the "theatrical" version will be released on our website (www.juaqstrongthemovie.com). We will also enter the film in a number of film festivals. We will keep everyone posted on any festivals/showings. We think it is important to get this message out, particularly to men in their twenties.
How do we contact you?
You can contact us through our production company's website contact page: www.wintergass.com/contact-us We will get back to you. We promise!
Is JuaqStrong The Movie a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?
Unfortunately this film is not set up as a non-profit. Donations are raw gifts. Non-tax deductible.
This film will be directed by Brian Winterton and produced by Bruce Winterton through their production company WinterGass, LLC.
For more information about us, please visit: www.wintergass.com