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Giving Back - Supporting Cancer Awareness

How Your Purchase of Odd Balls Supports Cancer Thrivers

Jon Carter standing outside
Jon Carter, founder of Odd Balls

My name is Jon Carter, the founder of Odd Balls, and I am excited to share with you our commitment to giving back to the community. We believe that our success should not only be measured by our financial growth but also by the positive impact we can make in the world. As a skier and a cancer thriver, I wanted to create a company that not only supports outdoor adventures and long-term health but also raises awareness about testicular cancer and gives back to nonprofits focused on supporting young adults impacted by cancer.

Supporting Cancer Awareness: The Importance of Education

Testicular Cancer Ribbon

Back in the fall of 2021, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It was a challenging time, but I I came across something profound: functional mushrooms. With their help, I endured surgery, chemotherapy treatment and multiple biopsies. Now, I'm using Odd Balls as a platform to raise awareness about the disease and the power of functional mushrooms.

We're proud to support the Testicular Cancer Society, an organization dedicated to educating the world about testicular cancer. Education is the first step towards prevention and early detection, and we want to ensure that everyone knows the signs and symptoms, and understands the importance of early detection.

Funding Research: The Power of Your Purchase

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Research is critical to understanding and curing cancer.

When you purchase Odd Balls, you're not just buying a tasty snack. You're contributing to a cause. A portion of our profits will go towards nonprofit cancer institutes like the Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society. These organizations are at the forefront of cancer research, working tirelessly to find a cure. Your purchase helps us support these incredible organizations and the important work they do.

Post Treatment: When the Real Battle Begins

Overcoming a cancer diagnosis is just the beginning. For many young adults, the real battle begins after treatment. There are challenges of returning to work, maintaining relationships, dealing with economic difficulties, and perhaps the most daunting of all, living with the fear of the cancer returning.

That's why we're proud to support First Descents, a nonprofit organization that provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer. They understand the challenges that come after treatment and provide a supportive community where survivors can connect and heal. Our contributions will support their programs, helping survivors to reclaim their lives and connect with others who share similar experiences.

Participants in a Kayak Class by First Descents
Jon Carter, our founder, with fellow participants on the Rogue River in Oregon. First Descents puts on different adventure courses for cancer patients, caregivers, and others.

I had the opportunity to join one of their kayaking adventures on the Rogue River in Oregon in 2022 and to say it was life changing would be selling it short. It truly is miraculous what they give to participants in such a short time.

Environmentalism: Air, Land, Water

At Odd Balls, we're not just about people. We're about the planet too.

We understand that the health of our air, land, and water directly impacts our overall health. That's why we're committed to doing our part to protect the environment. We strive to limit our footprint and give back to local environmental nonprofits. Because at Odd Balls, outdoor adventures is a part of our soul, which is why it’s critical to do our part to protect it.

Join Us in Giving Back

We're not just a company. We're a community. And we believe in the power of giving back. After my own diagnosis, I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in our community and the world.

Thank you for being a part of our journey and for helping us make a difference. At Odd Balls, we believe that every adventure should be a force for good.


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