Come Closer to the Campfire – We’ve got one heck of a story to tell.
Once upon a time, there were two hard-working urban cowboys. These cowboys were in the prime of their lives and were looking forward to a time when they would be able to sit back and enjoy the sunset.
As they headed down that well worn and dusty trail toward retirement, dreaming of fun in the sun and full-sized cowboy martinis, they didn’t have a care in the world.
Then, without warning, everything changed. Both men were diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and the Campfire Boyz Foundation was born.
The Campfire Boys Foundation is a music project with a single mission, to educate and assist men afflicted with this disease.
We have a single mission: To wage all out war against prostate cancer. But we’re not doing battle in the usual way, our weapons are music and laughter.
The Campfire Boyz Foundation was founded May, 2011 by Steve Rishel and Bill MacDonald, fellow prostate cancer survivors. The Campfire Boyz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
With little experience or knowledge, Steve and Bill resorted to what they knew best to raise money. They formed a musical performance group called The Campfire Boyz, produced a CD of original songs for sale and hosted private fund-raising events.
Since its formation the Campfire Boyz Foundation [“CFB”] fund raising has focused on research and development of a cure for prostate cancer. However, beginning with 2017 CFB is directing its efforts towards raising funds in order to provide financial assistance to those that are in need while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. A special Patient Assistance Fund [“PAF”] dedicated to helping these men and their families has been established at Cancer Lifeline. Cancer Lifeline, of which Bill is an administrative board member, is a local non-profit that has been providing information and support to Western Washington cancer patients since 1973. It is Cancer Lifeline’s trained professionals that will process financial assistance applications on behalf of the Campfire Boyz Foundation.
Steve succumbed to prostate cancer October 29, 2014. To honor the charismatic co-founder Steve, Bill and the Board of Directors have resolved to re-double their efforts to support this important and worthy cause.
1 in 6 men will be affected by prostate cancer
If you’re a man over the age of 40, a man of African descent, or you have a family history of prostate cancer, you are at an increased risk for the disease and we strongly encourage you to get screened.