Life threw a curve ball in February 2019. Geoff Pastrick, one of our founders, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare, highly aggressive, fast-growing type of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It was a fight he and his family never expected, but one they fought head on, keeping a positive outlook and never giving up. Shortly after his diagnosis, discussion started on how he and his family could give back and help others fighting this battle. Taking note of what was lacking during treatments, clinic visits and hospital stays as well as what made them a little easier, they made a plan and Primed 2 Fight Foundation was born.
"In the end, I hope to be a positive light for people going through this,
or anything else, that may not have the unbelievable support staff I have fighting with me on my side. "
February 10, 2019
9 days after his cancer diagnosis
Wristbands which family and friends would wear in support of Geoff's fight were designed soon after his diagnosis. Thinking about his business, Prime Athlete Development, the phrase "Primed 2 Fight" was decided upon as our fight motto.
With a long history of coaching and as a former offensive lineman himself, Geoff started Prime Athlete Development in the spring of 2015. He provided high school level training, college level off-season training, NFL Pre-Draft training, and NFL/CFL off-season training. Even though he was unable to continue training after his cancer diagnosis, Geoff remains a mentor not only in football but in life for his PRIME ATHLETES.
Empowering cancer patients and their families while enhancing their quality of life as they fight cancer. We provide support and encouragement for cancer warriors and their families.
My life was changed on February 1 of this year when I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. After nearly a 7 month fight I was declared in complete remission. However, I did not fight alone.
While in the hospital, there wasn’t a day that went by that either my wife, my sister or my parents were not there with me. This included taking my daily walk with me around what we call the “C Block”. Unfortunately, this was not the case with the other patients. We would see most patients walking alone. We noticed that many patients did not have anyone in their rooms with them. We noticed that of the family members and caretakers that were there, many did not know what to do first or how they would navigate this part of their loved ones life, or this part of their life.
I believed very early in my treatment that this was happening to me for a reason. I felt it in my heart that this was happening to me to serve a bigger purpose. It wasn’t only me, but my wife, sister and brother-in-law felt the same way. After many discussions we decided we had to do something to turn this experience into a positive.
Cancer sucks. Well known fact. But it sucks even more when you or someone you know is going through it. My heart seriously aches at each and every clinic visit, which are daily some weeks . Until you sit in a cancer clinic and see all the people (young, old, black, white, men, women--it doesn't matter who you are because this stupid disease does not discriminate) who are getting treated for this horrible disease, it doesn't really hit you. And then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Stops you dead in your tracks and takes your breath away.
There is too much cancer in this world. There are too many people suffering. There are too many bio-hazard stickers, too much medical waste, too many disposable masks, too many paper gowns and booties, too many IV bags, too many too many.
As the healthy caregiver, you can't help but feel an intense urge to do something to make a difference. And not only for my brother but for all the families fighting this disease.
Stephanie Parker, Geoff's sister
Instagram post, 3/12/19