The first two months of the year are gone and I for one find it hard to believe that the year is passing so quickly. Time does that. It just rhythmically ticks on into the future with or without our consent. What about my plans, goals, and future? I have a big whiteboard in my study that I use as a calendar; it is now March (60 days into the new year) and I have not used it once. It still says January at the top with a blank grid beneath it. I don’t have time to plan my time!
So why all the fuss about time? Well this week’s Freshpreneur POP is about a young entrepreneur from Honolulu, Hawaii, Sharon Kim, who has created a planner to document, coach and buoy up the ones you love in what may be the last moments you have with them on this earth. It is a planner for cancer patients.
“While my mom was battling cancer, I realized that there was no tool to help us stay organized with all the information pertaining to her health,” explains Sharon. “My family and I were struggling to keep track of her medications, symptoms, mood, diet, etc. so I started to make my own daily planner for it. After she passed away, I quit my job and dedicated my life to creating a tool that'll help guide cancer patients and caregivers towards recovery.”
It’s called the CanPlan: A Planner Made, to Help You Fight Cancer Day by Day. The CanPlan can be used by both the cancer patient and the caregiver but is intended for the caregiver to use as a tool to document and motivate. The CanPlan tracks health, medications, appointments, expenses, exercise and diet. It also includes inspirational quotes, positive thinking exercises, and places to document your story, emotions and goals.
The CanPlan is a comfortable six-and-a-half by eight-and-a-half inches in dimension, has a cushioned leather cover and two page-marking tassels. It utilizes lay-flat binding and includes an elastic strap to securely close the planner. The CanPlan has six months of undated daily trackers (300 pages), 180 inspirational quotes, 22 pages of interactive positivity exercises, and 2016-2017 calendar spreads.
The value of the CanPlan is not limited to the physical book; rather the value is the synergy created between cancer patient and caregiver. Sharon commented “the end vision for CanPlan is to create a community of planners who can share their tips and collaborate on strategies to help fine-tune a constructive plan to beat cancer. If each person uses CanPlan and shares what worked and didn't work for them in their treatment plan, the possibilities for healing are endless.”
While it is recommended that cancer patients seek out and obtain the best medical assistance possible the CanPlan is a means for maintaining human dignity during an emotionally charged and painful period of life. With proper medical attention the CanPlan helps beat cancer emotionally if not aid in its physical remission.
The crowdfunding campaign has been very successful with 30% of the funding goal achieved in its first 24 hours. Sharon has received outreach and cancer stories from many people across the United States in support of her project “which has been a rewarding experience” for Sharon.
Looking toward the future Sharon wants to develop a CanPlan app that will enable faster and smarter tracking including biometrics. “I'd like my company to spearhead the creation of any tools that would make fighting cancer easier for the patient and caregiver.”
Please check out the campaign and leave a comment below to help POP it to cancer.
CanPlan’s Kickstarter Campaign Page