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Awareness and Prevention

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Awareness & Fundraising 

Save the Date Sunday, April 6 2025

We Invite You To Join Us To Help Us Celebrate Cancer Survivors, Caregivers, And Families, While Also Honoring Those That We Have Lost.”

Wordshop: a workshop in self-talk

Hosted by Head & Neck Cancer Alliance & SupermanHPV, all profit from this wordshop will go to Head & Neck Cancer Alliance.

This wordshop is open to the public and is for anyone ages 10 to 100+

Learn to catch yourself in moments of berating self-talk and to stop, edit, and rewrite that script into liberating self-talk.

Through storytelling and guided writing, participants will:

    • Learn to recognize the negative core beliefs in their everyday self-talk
    • Identify the words used in those internal conversations
    • Redirect themselves, in real time, into more productive narratives.

Thursday, May 2, 2024, 7:00 pm EST

    • Wordshops run approximately 60-minutes. Attendees will receive a link to join live as well as a recording link within 48 hours of Wordshop completion.

*Please note, CDE is not a therapist, nor is Wordshop intended to serve as therapy. Christine’s Wordshops are workshops in self-talk, designed to teach participants skills in managing and redirecting self-talk.


To attend the workshop.

My Story

I want to tell you my story

At the age of 44, I was diagnosed with HPV related Tonsil Cancer. With a wife and three kids, I was determined to survive. Now I want to stop anyone else from having to go through what I did. I want to protect future generations of boys & girls from HPV Preventable cancers.

Mendelsohn family photo- wife, daughter, and 2 sons

I share my story, workout to be strong, so those diagnosed with this cancer know they to can have an awesome life after beating cancer, and want them to understand that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean you need to hide in the shadows.

Jason Mendelsohn
HPV Oral Cancer

What is HPV Oral Cancer?

The same types of HPV that infect the genital areas can infect the mouth and throat. HPV found in the mouth and throat is called oral HPV. Some types of oral HPV, known as cancer-causing types, can cause cancers of the oropharynx (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils). Other types of oral HPV, known as non-cancer-causing types, can cause warts in the mouth or throat. In most cases, HPV infections of all types go away before they cause any health problems.

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Common Questions

What is Genital HPV?

Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.

What is Oral HPV?

The same types of HPV that infect the genital areas can infect the mouth and throat. HPV found in the mouth and throat is called oral HPV.

How Common is Oral HPV?

Studies have found that about 7% of people in the United States have oral HPV,

What are the Signs?

Signs and symptoms may include persistent sore throat, earaches, hoarseness, enlarged lymph nodes, pain when swallowing, and unexplained weight loss.

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Jason Mendelsohn and wife selfie in front of 'I'm a Cancervivor" banner
in the media

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Jason has been featured across the media to share his story and bring awareness to HPV-related cancers. 

Featured Articles/Videos

Survivor Stories

As I share my story, I have been fortunate to meet other survivors who have battled oral cancer. Each person I have met offers words of wisdom that will provide strength to those currently fighting to survive and/or struggling with their diagnosis.

Bill G. From Connecticut Survivor

"Pet scan news today my friend. There's another stage 4 throat cancer survivor in the house! I told my docs about you today and all you are doing and I offered to do anything I can to support the docs and hospital that saved my life. Gave out lots of hugs today. Tracked down all of my docs, nurses and radiation techs. I asked the techs how often they see a stage 4 get clean results. I was shocked to hear they rarely hear from patients. Blew me away. How do you not thank the people that saved your life?"

Gary L. - From Pennsylvania Survivor

Words of wisdom to help others: 1) Process the diagnosis its ok to be scared and upset at first. Those are normal feelings to have. 2) STAY OFF THE INTERNET, it will just drive you crazy. The message boards and self-diagnosing are not your friends. 3) Get your mind right (stay Positive) Prayer, stubbornness, & humor helped me stay focused on the positive. 4) Talk to someone who’s been there. I spoke to a guy who had just finished treatment before I started. I felt tons better after our talk. 5) Start healthy habits the heathier you are going into treatment the better off you will be. 6) Make sure you have a strong support system in place. 7) Keep busy, I worked through treatment and having that outlet was a welcomed distraction. 8) The last thing I want you to know is that you will be ok. You will get through this Be strong and fight hard.

Jim M. - From New York Survivor

Jim shared his seven goals that enabled him with belief set - managing state: 1. Beat it 2. Minimize impact to family 3. Maintain mental clarity 4. Maintain physical fitness 5. Deeper sense of appreciation for what really matters 6. Work straight through 7. Improve performance



The fundraisers below were focused on helping head & neck cancer patients who need transportation assistance to chemo and radiation, including specialized dental care – These patients need our support – All financial support makes a difference!

Click below to add your support for events benefiting patients with Head & Neck Cancer: 


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I created for one main purpose, to help those diagnosed with HPV related oral cancer maintain a positive attitude and become mentally strong while battling this cancer. When I realized that I was going to beat my stage 4 HPV related oral cancer diagnosis, I decided that one day I would help others by sharing my story and experience.

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