When I met with Michelle for coffee to learn more about RamStrength, she opened up to me about her family's close call with cancer when her brother was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease. "He would start to say to me, 'If I don't make it...' and I would stop him and say 'No, you're going to live'."
He did live. Marc Lubick went on to be a wonderful uncle to Michelle's four children, marry his beautiful wife, and work on the coaching staff for the Denver Broncos and then the Buffalo Bills. Despite his close call with cancer, Marc is living a full and happy life.
Michelle wants nothing more than to see other cancer survivors in Larimer and Weld counties go on to live their lives to the fullest. She spoke with me about how college savings accounts are drained by the medical costs and lost income while patients are in treatments. "We want people to be able to pay for their basic needs- their mortgage or their utilities. While they're undergoing chemo, they can't work."
RamStrength has three programs. One program focuses on helping cancer patients of any age to pay their bills while they are in treatment so they don't lose their homes or go hungry. The other two are geared toward pediatric cancer patients, with scholarships funded through the charity for students to attend Colorado State University and several camps for children battling cancer.
With a name like RamStrength and a slogan like "Fighting Cancer in Ram Country," the Lubick legacy of loving football and life runs deep. The foundation's next fundraising event is a game day tailgate which funded 6 scholarships for students affected by cancer in 2016. This year the event is titled "Kickin' Cancer" and is coming up on October 28 for the CSU vs. Air Force game. As of the date of this blog post, tickets are still available and can be purchased here: