The Oncology, Nutrition and Exercise (ONE) Group at Penn State College of Medicine has compiled these resources that may serve as sources of inspiration to those living with and beyond cancer.
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Phil's Camino: So Far So Good
“Phil’s Camino” is the feature version of an award-winning short about free spirit Phil Volker, a man living with Stage 4 cancer and dreaming of walking the 500-mile spiritual pilgrimage across Spain called Camino de Santiago.
“So Far So Good” is the feature version of an award-winning short about free spirit Phil Volker, a man living with Stage 4 cancer and dreaming of walking the 500-mile spiritual pilgrimage across Spain called Camino de Santiago.
Unable to make the trip, he does the next best thing: He builds a camino in the forest behind his house, starts to walk and traces his progress on a map. Phil’s journey is one of hope, acceptance and freedom and can inspire anyone who has ever dreamed of doing something that sounded impossible.
Upon reaching “Santiago de Compostela” – without ever leaving his backyard – Phil gets a clean scan and his doctors grant him a “chemo holiday,” or permission to miss one chemo treatment. He now has 28 days to go and walk the ancient route in Spain. Along the way, he realizes his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within.
Watch the trailer
(Approximately one and a half minutes)
Watch the full film
(Approximately 30 minutes; enter the password Pc30 to view)
- Filmmaker’s site about the film – Learn more about the Phil’s Camino project and how to support it.
- The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows website – See more about the organization that made it possible for the film to be provided at no cost.
Those who watch Phil’s Camino are asked to complete a short survey after viewing. Responses will be shared with The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows, which made it possible for the film to be provided at no cost.
Team members from The ONE Group (Oncology – Nutrition – Exercise) occasionally share their first-person updates on news of interest in their team blog. These are the most recent posts.