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It was November 4th 2014 that Nathan began a new adventure in life. He was given the news that he was diagnosed with cancer. Despite living an active lifestyle inspired by the great outdoors, in his early 30’s, the journey in climbing the mountain of cancer had begun. A mountain Nathan quickly choose not to climb alone.
Over a campfire, Nathan began sharing the news he was given, an emotional moment that followed with an invitation for those close to him to join him on a new adventure in life. An adventure of survival, and a journey that would require the support and encouragement of family and friends to climb this mountain as a team and someday beat cancer.
During chemotherapy infusions, Nathan began traveling vicariously into the great outdoors through the lens of some of his favorite Adventure Photographers. Using the power of VSCO and Instagram Nathan was able to wander outside of the hospital walls and enjoy a sunset, the view from atop a mountain, or the oceans coast. These small gifts of adventure empowered Nathan to get healthy and back outside to explore the great outdoors cancer free. The memories of growing up in the Pacific Northwest, camping, fishing, and hiking with his brother and sister helped inspire Nathan to keep moving forward. On June 16th 2015, Nathan and his team was given the news. They had officially reached the summit and as a team beaten cancer.
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Today Nathan is cancer free, and inspired by a new adventure in life that is driven to give back and create an outdoor experience for children who are currently inside the hospital fighting for survival. To make this possible the STALYON brand was created and a new journey began. A journey designed to build community and bring those who have a love for the great outdoors together for a truly epic adventure.
Partnering with some of the worlds greatest Children's Hospitals, STALYON and our incredible team of high impact individuals give "The Gift of Adventure". A unique outdoor experience brought inside to the kids who need it the most. Kids while in the hospital are able to receive ADVENTURE CARDS, a program designed to give each child a special photograph with their name written on the back, outdoor inspired posters and unique stickers. A powerful way to encourage and empower each child as they fight towards good health.
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"I was doing chemotherapy, I had started to not feel good that morning and they made me smile. Everyone in my family is in love with the photo's they gave me."
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Today we invite you to be a part of our brand & community in using Adventure for Good. The items we create are made to inspire you on your journey as you get outside and serve as a reminder on what is really important. Giving.
With every STALYON purchase, you GIVE towards empowering a child currently in the fight against cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
This is our mission. It is what we strive to do as a brand and community. Past the designs of our products, the quality, style and fit…there is something greater at stake. Something only a few experience. A experience we hope you or your family never have to embark on. Especially for a child. Gathering perspective, Life is simply too short to not do something that can help another. It is the sole reason we exist. With a love for the great outdoors this is our gift and our burning passion to give back. We hope you share the same values and choose to be a part of our journey in truly making a high-impact. To be with us at the campfire. To be a voice for us out on the trail. To use your purchase power for good. Wherever you are today, in the city or out on the trail, we wish you nothing but the best and hope you choose to be a part of our fire. A fire driven by adventure. Carpe Diem!