The Movement

In early 2012 Patrick Ryan, a counselor at Duffy Counseling Center, was diagnosed with cancer. Below is a little bit about his journey and how “The Movement” came into fruition.

On May 14, 2012, Patrick was exercising and felt a dull aching pain in his groin. He visited two doctors and was told that it was “nothing” and that he should take anti-inflammatory medications for a week.

On June 4, 2012, Patrick was diagnosed with testicular cancer and was told that he needed to have the tumor removed immediately.

June 5, 2012, Patrick had surgery to remove the tumor and it was confirmed that he would need to have chemotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells in his body.

June 21, 2012, Patrick had an infusion of chemotherapy and was out of commission for approximately six weeks. As of October 5, 2012, he is cancer free.

“The Movement” first originated as a Facebook page for friends and family to post pictures and to show support. Over time, it evolved into a motivator for young men and women to “get ‘em checked” through yearly physical examinations as well as monthly self-exams. The scariest part is that his tumor was not palpable, rendering traditional physical examinations useless. If it were not for advanced screening techniques such as ultrasound, he would have been misdiagnosed with a muscle strain or hernia.

For Patrick, it was the summer from hell but, he is back stronger than ever and with motivation to make a difference in the lives of others. Patrick continues to work to raise cancer awareness and grow The Movement.

Support the Cause

As a result of the Facebook page, Patrick is proud to say that one young man took his advice and “got ‘em checked.” His cancer was detected early enough for him to make a full recovery. Patrick feels that if a Facebook page can save just one life, your help just wearing the t-shirt, spreading the word and motivating others as well as your loved ones can save many more.

Support the cause by purchasing a Movement t-shirt. The shirt is made from a soft and light cotton / polyester (60/40) blend — ideal for warm weather or exercising.

All profits go directly to The Virginia Hospital Center to support cancer research and treatment.

The Movement T-Shirt

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 The Movement Women’s Tank

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 The Movement “Keep Calm and Get ‘Em Checked” Shirt

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