Name: Steven, Ben & Nikki
Title: Radio DJ's for the Morning Air Show
Company: WXBQ Radio
BigWig Fun Fact: Guess which Fun Fact belongs to which BigWig
This BigWig loves Orioles baseball, Cowboys Football and all types of Cheeseburgers... wait is this a dating profile?
This BigWig loves southern-style BBQ..yet had never grilled anything until July of 2017.
This BigWig had a NASCAR license..
Fundraising Goal: $2,000
Why are you participating?
The WXBQ Morning Air Show is proud to help raise money in the community and help spread the word about early detection. They all feel honored to participate in the BigWig campaigns ultimate goal. To work towards a world where children don't lose their mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends to breast cancer.
Steve- Steve is proud to join his morning show friends in helping Susan G Komen of the Tri-Cities raise funds in their never-ending quest to defeat breast cancer. To Steve, the people who are fighting the battle against the disease as patients, doctors, those doing the research...and the team at Susan G Komen...those are the real Big Wigs. Those are some of his heroes and heroines. Stroud considers himself to be just a goofy radio guy who looks pretty fly in a pink woman's wig. “If I have any influence on our WXBQ fans, I ask you to consider joining the Morning Air Show so we can raise a lot of money to help family, friends and others battling this horrible cancer.”
Ben - When Ben was asked to join the BigWig initiative, his commitment and drive to participate in this endeavor was intricately connected to his personal journey as a cancer survivor. Ben has always participated in important public health initiatives and targeted organizations (e.g., Make-A-Wish) because of his natural drive to give back to his community. However, in April 2018, Ben was diagnosed with bladder cancer. By the time he was diagnosed, he was literally teetering at the point where things could go south very quickly. However, the wonderful physicians and nurses who provided him with medical care and chemotherapy especially were instrumental in providing him with a game plan to begin the fight. The wonderful oncologist, urologist, nurses, and volunteers were helpful to always be available to answer question and to provide immediate care and support when he experienced some tough bouts during his course of intense chemotherapy. Their efforts gave Ben a chance to continue his life’s journey with a good quality of life post-treatment and to have a second chance of life as a productive adult. Being a BigWig is important to him because it is through his participation where he can help spark public awareness, provide information that may help motivate someone to see a physician, and, most importantly, to let individuals in the midst of their personal journeys or fellow survivors know they are not alone. Ben is a cancer survivor and a proud BigWig!
Nikki - Just like so many others, cancer has had an impact on Nikki through her friends and family. Having lost several close family members, both young and old, to different forms of cancer (Nikki’s grandmother lost her battle with liver cancer, a cousin lost her life to a pediatric cancer at 13 and her daughter’s best friend lost her fight against a brain tumor when she was just 12) they are the main reasons that working with the American Cancer Society, Make A Wish and St Jude have been so important to her over the years. When it comes to breast cancer, Thomas’ family has felt the impact there as well. Her aunt is a breast cancer survivor. And sadly, Nikki lost a friend to breast cancer less than a week before her 35th birthday. Her friend left behind three young children. Just before she passed away, she shared that she had put off her screenings and ignored symptoms because she hoped they’d go away. By the time she sought help...it was too late. With several other friends who’ve battled...and continue to fight breast cancer, helping raise awareness and money through the Big Wigs program is incredibly important to Nikki.