What’s Your Fight? 10/6

What gets you out of bed in the morning? What has been or is your life’s greatest battle?

Before Daryn Clark (see: Homer’s Hero) was diagnosed with a rare and terminal brain cancer he founded What’s Your Fight?, an initiative to encourage people to identify their fight and to share it with others. A community of warriors developed, one where each member supported each other’s fights whether it meant getting in shape so they could play with their grandkids, finish the last round of chemotherapy or just get a job. Daryn’s fight was for health. He believed it was the foundation upon which he could be the best possible son, husband, father and business owner. As late-stage cancer, radiation and chemo stripped his health, he continued going to the dojo not so much to train himself but to improve the health of his students, particularly those with Cerebral Palsy. His new fight was to give to others what he could until he could.

In honor of Daryn and his ongoing battle, we are seeking first-person essays on any past and present fights in your life. Topics may vary widely and can range from strife to triumph and anything between.

Submissions on the theme of What’s Your Fight? and related pitches and inquiries may be made to Cameron Conaway, Contributing Editor, The Good Men Project, through this contact form. Completed submissions should be received by Saturday, October 6 for consideration. All accepted essays will receive an official What’s Your Fight? t-shirt, the proceeds of which will go directly to Elizabeth’s Hope, an organization working to cure rare brain cancers in children.

Read more Calls For Submissions.

Images courtesy of the author

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About Cameron Conaway

Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter, an award-winning poet and the 2014 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona. He is the author of Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet, Bonemeal: Poems, Until You Make the Shore and Malaria, Poems. Conaway is also on the Editorial Board at Slavery Today. Follow him on Google+ and on Twitter: @CameronConaway.

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