Memphis man to be a leader in the men’s cancer support community

Steven Barker was diagnosed in 2019 with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will be a Wolfpack leader for a one-year term.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It is estimated that in 2021, there will be 1,898,160 new cancer cases and 608,570 cancer deaths in the United States according to the American Cancer Society.

There is an online community that focuses on men diagnosed with cancer called “Man Up To Cancer”. This support group that encourages men not to isolate themselves upon receiving a diagnosis was founded in 2020 by Trevor Maxwell, a stage IV colorectal cancer survivor from Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Recently, the community selected 18 members to reach out and expand to other parts of the United States and Canada. One of the 18 is Memphian Steven Barker, a husband and father of two who was diagnosed in 2019 with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Barker has undergone chemotherapy and is now in NED (No Evidence of Disease).

“Man Up To Cancer saved my life, but it was actually after I beat my cancer. Finally, I had found the people who had “fed me”. The camaraderie of other members is unlike any other social media platform I’ve ever experienced, ”said Barker. “The best support needed during and after treatment comes from other men who have been or are now. I have made incredible friendships in this space, and offering the same support to others has given my life incredible purpose. “

Barker will serve as Wolfpack Leader for a one-year term. A Wolfpack Leader connects with local cancer centers and provides direct support to other cancer patients, survivors and caregivers facing all types of cancer.

Man Up to Cancer is made up of a website, podcast, social media and a Facebook group of over 1,300 men, known informally as “Wolfpack”.

“The heart of Man Up to Cancer is being strong enough to accept help. We’re trying to reverse the script on what it means to ‘refuel’, ”Maxwell said. “This is why the Wolfpack Leaders program has such great potential. These men represent all parts of the United States and Canada, and they become role models.

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