From surviving to thriving.

“From Surviving to Thriving.” – this is the core mission of The Cancer Warriors Podcast. Hosted by cancer thrivers Rick Bassman and Amanda Kelly and featuring guests from across the spectrum of the cancer world, this podcast will lend perspective and insight to help cancer survivors, thrivers, and warriors, as well as their caregivers and loved ones, navigate the often confusing, overwhelming, and complex journey from diagnosis through treatment, recovery, and survivorship. All modalities and viewpoints are on the table, including advances in Western treatments, alternative modalities, and holistic and integrative approaches to healing and recovery.

With the right mindset, crisis transforms into opportunity, and a journey of empowerment unfolds. We know from experience that despite the odds, there is an abundance of hope, and no matter what, there are gifts, lessons, silver linings, and nuggets of gold to be discovered on the journey. Above all, our intention, hope, and mission are to inspire, uplift, and offer hope in the moments of darkness to serve as a reminder that the Light Always Wins. 

Episode 3 –  with Bailey O’Brian & The Cancer Warriors Podcast

Bailey O’ Brien was the All-American success story; a success on every measurable level.  Until she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and came to terms with the idea that she was letting her circumstances and her surroundings control her very existence.  Faced with a literal life-or-death proposition, Bailey uncovered a new self, one who simultaneously discovered surrender, while taking charge like never before. 

Today, Bailey is a survivor living life on life’s terms, and helping countless others to do the same.

Episode 2 –  September 26, 2023 –with Chuck Keels & The Cancer Warriors Podcast

While living the American dream, Chuck Keels received the shocking news that he had advanced stage 4 cancer, with a very limited time to live. The initial despair and defeat he felt quickly gave way to a resolve to not only survive but to thrive.  While on his “cancer journey,” and with a newly discovered positive attitude about life, he met and married his equal, Hannah, who was also dealing with stage 4 cancer and an equally grim prognosis.  Those who experienced Hannah and Chuck together often defined their relationship as “divine.” While fighting for their lives, Hannah and Chuck created The Living Hope Cancer Foundation, which grew quickly to inspire thousands.  Hannah, the truest symbol imaginable of hope, passed in late 2022. 

Today, Chuck continues to grow the foundation he and his wife started together, and with his light shining brighter than ever before, conveys hope and inspiration to people across the globe.

Episode 1 –  September 29, 2023 –with Introducing Rick & Amanda Kelly & The Cancer Warriors Podcast

In the inaugural episode of The Cancer Warriors, Rick Bassman and Amanda Kelly preview what they hope and intend to deliver through this podcast, including everything from Western medicine to alternative Eastern treatments, and “attitude vs circumstance,” to the ingredients needed to not only survive, but to thrive.

Also in Episode 1, Amanda and Rick dive into their personal cancer stories, including their reactions when first learning of their diagnosis, their ensuing treatment, and their outcome today. This segues to an exploration of their conviction that hope –and a fulfilled life—are always possible.