A cancer diagnosis is an isolating experience for both the patient and their family. Suddenly, you no longer share the same everyday occurrences as your friends, peers, co-workers and extended family. School aged patients spend so much time in the hospital and possibly traveling for treatment that their daily activities are vastly different from their friends. Parents are no longer worried about packing lunches, scheduling extra-curricular activities or which neighbor has the best looking grass. Suddenly you are trying to navigate your way through unknown territory without Google Maps and you feel isolated, like you are living in a cave, alone.
If you would like to be paired with a Family Agent or have an MIB Ambassador visit you in the hospital, please complete the form below and we will contact you.
If you are a seasoned osteosarcoma family and would like to be trained to give others the hope and support you had or wish you had- please contact Liz (Liz@MIBagents.org) and Casey (Casey@MIBagents.org).
Lead Family Agent: Liz Vallejo
Lead Ambassador Agent: Casey Crossan
The MIB Family Agents program are a group of experience osteosarcoma families and patients that are dedicated to supporting patients, parents, caregivers, siblings, extended family and friends of people with osteosarcoma. The goal of this group is to leverage their experiences with this terrible disease to help Make It Better for patients and families dealing with the diagnosis. Our Agents and Ambassadors are emissaries for hope and understanding. We are fellow OsteoSurvivors, OsteoSiblings and OsteoCaregivers and will be the safe ears and shoulders to help support anyone working through this diagnosis. We know the disease and have walked similar paths; however, we are not emotionally involved in the same way your family and friends are that sometimes makes it difficult to bear your heart to them as they are digesting and struggling too. We can connect via phone, email, direct messaging or in-person if possible. Supporting Agent email: Liz@MIBagents.org
The MIB Ambassador program was created to be a face-to-face connection for patients and caregivers to the osteosarcoma world. We are linking together OsteoSurvivors with current in-treatment OsteoWarriors and OsteroCaregivers in the same geographical area. One of the ways we are forming this bond is through our Warrior Totes and our Caregiver Go Bags. As our MIB Agents worldwide hear of an OsteoWarrior in treatment, we will reach out to that Warrior and ask if an Ambassador living in the same area can come visit. Our MIB Ambassador will bring a Tote and Bag including all the essential must-haves while staying in the hospital. These bags are filled with total awesomeness and are created and packed by fellow OsteoFamilies because we have been there and know what helps. However, the MIB Ambassador program goes beyond our awesome totes. We are connecting current patients with survivors and caregivers with caregivers. As Ambassadors, we are here to listen and we want new patients and their caregivers to know we understand and we are a safe place. We want to join them in their cave so they know they are not alone. Supporting Agent email: Casey@MIBagents.org
Prayer Agents are essential to the Missions of MIB Agents. This elite team of Agents are called upon both in time of great need as well as regular monthly times of prayer across the country and the world. Whatever your practice, you are welcome to join this team in prayer, a moment of silence, a candle lit, time in nature, a place of worship on a boat, train or bus. Please join us in supporting our Osteosarcoma Warriors who are doing battle and remembering our Osteosarcoma Angels who have passed fighting this beastly disease.
Lead Prayer Agent: Wendi Johns
MIB Agent GAMERS is an ongoing mission by Lead Chief Gamer Agent Matthew Allen. Qualifications to be considered as a Gamer Agent are that you have to be an OsteoWarrior and a Gamer. If you are in active treatment and need a partner to game with, fill out the form and you will be contacted shortly.
Lead Gamer Agent: Matthew Allen
My name is Matthew Allen and I am the Chief Gamer Agent for MIB Agent Gamers. My brother Mason passed from osteosarcoma in March of 2017, and I will always remember how much he enjoyed gaming, and how it was always a bonding experience for us. Gaming always lifted his spirits, and I think that every kid, no matter their situation or struggle, has a right to have fun. For me, gaming has always been a large part of my life, and as Chief Gamer Agent, I have made it my mission to bring the joy I feel when playing to everyone or anyone who needs it.