TCO Founder Jon Thomas Speaks at TEDxSpringfield

Our origin stories are what defines us. Superman, Batman, Spiderman—all our heroes, real and make believe, come from somewhere. Many of these stories feature hardship, loss and even failure.

Tap Cancer Out’s story is no different.

In October of 2013, Tap Cancer Out founder Jon Thomas was invited to Springfield, MA, to TEDxSpringfield, to talk about the beginnings of Tap Cancer Out, why he chose the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community to base his cancer-fighting charity within, and why those who truly make a difference in this world don’t wait for the perfect opportunity.

His 17-minute talk can be viewed below.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.