4/16/2014Social Network for Cancer to Crowdsource Webby Award Speech -- NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?expire=&title=Social+Network+for+Cancer+to+Crowdsource+Webby+Award+Speech+--+NEW+YORK%2C+April+1…1/2
Social Network for Cancer to Crowdsource Webby Award Speech
If you could send cancer a message in 5 words, what would you say?
NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When IHadCancer.comwon the Best Community Website from The Webby Awardsin 2012, it was a shock to their small team. They were a brand new social networking site, run by a group of people that couldbe counted on one hand, up against industry giants like Google and Tumblr. As the only cancer community nominated, winningthe award was not only a huge win for them, but also for the cancer community as a whole.Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140415/73242Upon winning the award, IHadCancer channeled their excitement into a campaign called #5Words2Cancer, inspired by TheWebby Award's famous five-word acceptance speeches. They asked their community what they would say to cancer if they onlyhad five words. The response was huge, and for the two years since, they have received hundreds upon hundreds of #5words2cancer submissions. The site and its community has grown significantly and powerfully since 2012, but with 1.5million people diagnosed each year, there are still millions more who need to be reached.That's why this year, in honor of their third Webby Award nomination, IHadCancer has decided to turn the campaign intosomething bigger. If they win "Best Community Website" again, not only will they will use the Grand Prize winner's#5words2cancer as their acceptance speech, but they will also fly the winner to NYC to join them in celebrating this great honor for the cancer community. By crowdsourcing their acceptance speech, they hope to bring a whole new meaning to the word
"community." Regardless of whether or not IHadCancer wins the award, four finalists will receive Misfit Wear able Shine
physical activity trackers, one winner will win an iPad, and more importantly, hundreds of messages to cancer will bebroadcasted to the world.The founder of IHadCancer, Mailet Lopez, hopes to be able to give others a voice through this contest and to show the worldust how strong the cancer community is."When you're diagnosed with cancer, you feel like you lose control of your life and especially your voice," Lopez said. "The goalof this contest is to give every survivor, fighter and supporter that control back. It's an opportunity to spread the message that noone is alone. Five words can be a lot more powerful than you'd expect."Lopez built the website after her own bout with breast cancer in 2008, to alleviate the fear of not knowing what's next. Sheleveraged the resources of her agency, Squeaky Wheel Media, to design and develop the revolutionary website in New YorkCity. Anthony Del Monte, the co-founder of IHadCancer and founder of Squeaky Wheel Media, never expected to be nominated for aWebby award once, let alone three times. "We're a very small team up against some really big dogs, so to be nominated three
Mailet Lopez, Founder of IHadCancer.com, shares her #5words2cancer with the world (PRNewsFoto/IHadCancer.com)