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Cancer Sucks

GIBS Cancer Sucks! Campaign

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In 2015, the Gibs Grooming family was hit directly when Big Smooth’s wife, Steph, was diagnosed with a unique form of cancer. Mike was the best father he could be for his kids and the ultimate advocate for the woman he loved. Last fall, Steph lost her life and everyone on Team GIBS lost a friend. And a little bit of their heart . 

 

 

 

Upon Steph's diagnosis, we created this space. We knew we weren't alone, and we knew so many others had "Stephs" in their lives they need to celebrate. Cancer doesn't affect its victim. It riles a family and ripples through friends, coworkers, a network and even a young brand's social media.

 

Steph is gone, but her spirit is not. We've used this page to raise money for cancer awareness and talk about losses and survival and tears and tragedy. That's the silver lining. So the page stays. Your stories honoring your Stephs are welcomed and encouraged. 

 

I am a cancer kid, my father beat prostate cancer twice. My mother had a 70% percent chance of dying from breast cancer. She beat it.  Movember, No Shave November, Pink Ribbons and more...

 

We at GIBS Grooming are those true stories. There is not a single hand you can shake today which hasn’t been touched by cancer. Let's keep talking about it. 



Cancer sucks. Cancer sucks big time.

 

 - Gib

 

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GIBS GROOMING: WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN BY RACHEL BROWN

Note: this article first appeared in The Layer in February 2105. For GIBS Grooming ...

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GIBS GROOMING: WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN BY RACHEL BROWN

Note: this article first appeared in The Layer in February 2105. For GIBS Grooming chief executive officer Brian ‘Gib’ Long, it’s been a long, strange trip to the grooming industry. Entrepreneurial in nature, he has instinctively capitalized on voracious consumer demand throughout his career. And there are no more voracious consumers than hungry Deadheads outside of Grateful Dead concerts, where a teenage Long made enough hawking veggie burritos and tie-dye T-shirts to support himself on the road following the band for some six years.

Retired from the tour and settled in Colorado, where he could snowboard at will, New York native Long figured he’d bring a taste of his hometown to Rocky Mountain country. He opened Gib’s Bagels and helmed it for 15 years. Even while he was running the bagel operation, he dabbled in side projects. Long established a juice bar and brokered private jets. “I love business. I like the deal. I like developing ideas. I think I was born that way,” he says.

Long’s entrée into beauty came about circuitously through his passion for fly fishing. He sensed an opportunity upon noticing girls patronizing Gib’s Bagels were decorating their hair with the same feathers used to tie flies to catch fish. He launched hairfeathers.com to profit from the trend. After that, Long started Haircolorchalk.com. Surprisingly, the beauty business suited him. “Typically, guys like me and Mike [Howland, Long’s partner in GIBS Grooming] are not in the beauty industry. That’s part of our story that people love. "We are out of the box,” he says.

As Long was thinking about what to do next, Tom Vaught, a voiceover artist and Long’s friend from his Grateful Dead days, introduced him to the concept of beard oil at the International Beauty Show in New York. “He has a big beard, and he was walking the show and put some oil treatments in his beard. He said, ‘I really think you need to try this.’ I put some oils in my beard, and it felt good. He’s like, ‘You should make a beard oil.’ So, I looked into it,” recounts Long.

Long discovered beards were gaining in popularity. Traditionally the province of the outdoorsy “Duck Dynasty” types, hipsters and professional athletes were also sporting beards. If he could create great beard oil, there’d be a lot of men to sell it to. “There was a whole beard movement coincidentally happening while the idea from my friend Tom came about. It seemed like a good fit. Men were putting more energy into making their beards look cool,” says Long.

At the beginning of last year, Long turned to Donna Federici, owner of beauty consultancy Intawishin and former executive vice president of sales and marketing at Sexy Hair Concepts, to help transform the beard oil idea into a brand. She encouraged Long to call the brand GIBS Grooming. Gib is Long’s nickname. “It comes from my brother. When I was growing up in New York, everyone had a nickname. Mine was just Gib. I wish I had a better story, but I don’t,” says Long. In the brand, GIBS stands for guys into beard stuff.
Along with Federici, Long tapped Greg Rubin, CEO and owner of beauty product manufacturer Garcoa Industries, and Mike Nave, a consultant and editor of the Beauty Industry Report, to assist in the formulation of the beard oil. In June of last year, GIBS Grooming released its beard oils. They contain a blend of sunflower, olive and Argan oils, and are available in three masculine scents: VooDoo Prince , Bush Master and Manscaper , which has an earthy, yet sweet pipe tobacco smell that’s Long’s favorite.

“For somebody that has a beard, their biggest fear is residue, and the absorption has been perfect. We handpick the oils, and they are perfectly blended in ratios that make a superior product,” says Long. “Other oils don’t absorb as well. They leave a residue.”

The oils have been a hit. “In one year, we have done what usually takes people three or four. I couldn’t be happier,” reports Long. GIBS Grooming will be adding to its product repertoire soon with Whisker Wash Beard and Face Wash, and Sharp Dressed Mane Shave Gel. “I definitely want to flesh the brand out, but we never want to lose that cool edge,” says Long.

GIBS Grooming is not as far removed from Long’s Grateful Dead roots as it would seem. “I like the [beauty trade] shows. I like being on the road. It reminds me of being on the Dead tour. You see the same people from show to show, and there’s camaraderie. Tom [Vaught] was my partner in crime when we were on the Dead tour. He said, ‘I thought the dead tour was bizarre, but this is really far out.’” There is one big difference: Long’s beard is much better maintained.

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I Won't Stop Until Cancer Doesn't Exist - Miguel Martinez

Hello,

My name is Miguel, I am a cancer survivor. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with...

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I Won't Stop Until Cancer Doesn't Exist - Miguel Martinez

Hello,

My name is Miguel, I am a cancer survivor. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which was 5 years ago. One of the 4 tumors was actually wrapped around my spine, hindering me ability to walk, and made me completely numb from the waist down.

It took me 11 months to walk on my own again, no crutches or walker. I essentially had to re-learn to walk. Aside from not being able to walk, I had to deal with chemo, radiation, and all the crazy things that stem from that. Hairloss, bloating, all the different medications, bloodwork, bone marrow tests... I can go on forever.

For me, chemo lasted 7 months, once every two weeks. It was awful, but I powered through it. That was by far the most difficult thing I'd ever dealt with in my life. But I always kept a positive attitude. I also had an amazing support system helping me keep that positive energy.

Once I was in remission, I signed up for Relay For Life, then joined the committee for the next two years. It almost feels like my duty, as a survivor, to help other cancer patients. You can't imagine what it feels like to be told that you have cancer. My goal with joining the RFL was to make a difference, which I'm constantly doing because I won't stop until cancer doesn't exist any more. That's what I love about you guys, and this campaign. It really means a lot to me, but also to countless others.

Thank you for letting me share my story!

- Miguel Martinez

 

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My Pappy - Joe Sites

This story is about my grandfather, Pappy.

He was a hard-working husband, father, and grandfather. He was rough around the...

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My Pappy - Joe Sites

This story is about my grandfather, Pappy.

He was a hard-working husband, father, and grandfather. He was rough around the edges, but you always knew that he loved his family. Christmas time was always special to him. Grandma and Pappy always went all-out, decorating the inside and outside of their home, and we had such a wonderful time every Christmas Eve with the entire family at their home.

Unfortunately, he had two major vices, drinking and smoking. He was always careful to go outside to smoke when we were around, but despite constant nagging to get him to quit, he smoked up until his last day. After years of suffering, a combination of emphyzema, lung cancer, and liver disease took him from us, and in a way, took some of the joy of Christmas along with him.

Christmas Eve family get togethers have never been the same since he passed away 10 years ago. The only good to have come from his cancer is that most of the smokers in my family have quit, and none of the grandchildren have taken up the habit.

So, F*CK CANCER for taking away a bit of Christmas joy, and my Pappy.

- Joe Sites

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Keep on Fighting! - Josh Figueroa

My aunt gracie got breast cancer 3 years ago.

My family wasn't so close, but this brought all of us closer...

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Keep on Fighting! - Josh Figueroa

My aunt gracie got breast cancer 3 years ago.

My family wasn't so close, but this brought all of us closer together, and, as sad as this is, it was beautiful seeing my family stick together and cheer my aunt.

Unfortunately she lost her breasts, but beat cancer. God bless all of you and f*ck cancer! Keep on fighting!

- Josh Figueroa

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One Tough Old Lady! - "Wero" Ismael Rodriguez

So my gmom, 84 years old, has breast cancer, has been fighting it, and has taken chemo! The doctor told ...

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One Tough Old Lady! - "Wero" Ismael Rodriguez

So my gmom, 84 years old, has breast cancer, has been fighting it, and has taken chemo! The doctor told her her heart was too weak to keep going, but guess what, she went home, got strong again, and is now on the road again to beat it! One tough old lady!

- "Wero" Ismael Rodriguez

 

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My Mother Was A Warrior -Jeremy Macapagal

Cancer sucks, because 1 year ago January 10th, is the day that it claimed the life of my mother.

My mother...

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My Mother Was A Warrior -Jeremy Macapagal

Cancer sucks, because 1 year ago January 10th, is the day that it claimed the life of my mother.

My mother was the heart and soul of my family, the proverbial rock. She fought cancer for 3 years, a rare form of liver cancer at stage 4. 2 and half years ago, we were preparing for the worst. But the warrior that she was, she fought it off to being stable!! Stable for almost a year, we thought things were on the up and up. It was just a tease. The cancer came back stronger but in a different area. They tried chemo, and other therapies. They just wouldn't work. So they finally decided to put her in clinical trials. Unfortunately they didn't work either.

I've never know anyone like her to fight something off so horrible, only for it to come back. I try to tell myself that she didn't loose her battle, or that it didn't claim her. More so that she was tired, and it was her time to rest. Basically leave it in God's hands and he would guide the way. I miss her very much. Every day is new to me without having her around.

But life as funny as it is... We were blessed with a daughter a short time after. Now my mother looks over us every day. And has been the guardian for our daughter. Bitter sweet, but life has a way of balancing out. With one life gone another comes. So when it comes down to it, CANCER STILL F****IN SUCKS

- Jeremy Macapagal

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Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

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Bearded, a Grandfather & a Veteran - Joshua Davis

My grandfather, Aubrey Almond, was a great man.

He served 22 years in the United States Air Force,...

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Bearded, a Grandfather & a Veteran - Joshua Davis

My grandfather, Aubrey Almond, was a great man.

He served 22 years in the United States Air Force, and 19 years making rounds, from .22 cal to .50 cal, at a local weapons manufacturer. He was one of the smartest men I know, and had a glorious beard. He was the main reason why I enlisted in to the United States Army.

Going into my 3rd enlisted year, he was struck with pancreatic cancer and fought for 9 months before he lost his life. He is always missed and always loved.

He was the man who taught me how to be a great man. I still visit him everytime I go home.

- Joshua Davis

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I Will Always Admire My Sister - David Chamberlin

Hello bearded brethren,

I am here to share the story of my beautiful sister, Mindy. She was...

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I Will Always Admire My Sister - David Chamberlin

Hello bearded brethren,

I am here to share the story of my beautiful sister, Mindy. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2014. She was a fighter, she took it head on, and had it removed. In spite of the difficulties with the removal of a brain tumor, she fought on, even in spite of the stoke that hit her in February. Shortly after that though, the tumor returned, and on September 14th, it sadly took my sister.

I cherish her and admire the fight she put up. I will always admire her for that, and the life she lived prior. I will always remember her, and the life she inspired in me.

- David Chamberlin

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Cancer Sucks! (And So Do Cigarettes)- Chad Greenig

In just over the last decade, I've lost three family members to cancer. Sadly, all 3 of them were...

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Cancer Sucks! (And So Do Cigarettes)- Chad Greenig

In just over the last decade, I've lost three family members to cancer. Sadly, all 3 of them were lung cancer, due to smoking, in which they could still be alive today if they would've stopped when it was detected early on.

My Grandmother was the first to go, and she had cancer of the lungs 3 times before she passed. She was a great influence in my life, and I know she was always happy to know that I am highly allergic to cigarettes, and that I wouldn't be like most of my family, smoking their life away.

My Uncle was the next to go from lung cancer. Him and I weren't close for most of my life, as he was a mean dude, but as I got older, him and I started to share a bond of music and cars. I was at my Grandfather's house a few days before my Uncle passed, and he seemed to be doing well, probably the meds. A few days later, he passed away in his sleep on the couch. I got to the house where the family was, just minutes after he passed, and I remember thinking how I wish there was more time for us to share.

Lastly, my Grandfather passed not long ago. He didn't keep in contact with the family for a few years, and never let us know he was dying of the same vicious cancer that took his wife and son.

Cancer sucks in so many ways, and although I am blessed to be allergic to cigarettes, I still have a hatred towards them for losing family. I honestly feel that this particular cancer will hit another family member at some point, as many of them are hardcore smokers. It makes it hard to be around smokers in general, but the death that it causes is substantial. Cancer Sucks!

P.S. Thanks for being such a caring company. It truly means a lot.

- Chad Greenig

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I Will See Him Again - Jeremy Alexander

So about three years ago my younger brother, at the age of 27, was diagnosed with melanoma after his mole,...

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I Will See Him Again - Jeremy Alexander

So about three years ago my younger brother, at the age of 27, was diagnosed with melanoma after his mole, from his childhood, one day fell off, even after getting it checked out and it being all good.

Well then, all of a sudden, two months later, a lump pops up under his right armpit area. Then it was all downhill really fast from there, with numerous trips to the cross cancer hospital. Wow, what an emotional roller coaster!

Well then one day my mom needed help getting him to the hospital, which sadly was a horrible visit. Because that was when the hammer came down, and him only having 24-48 hours. So yes, cancer can screw off lol..

I just thank god for the time we had together and that I will one day see him again...

- Jeremy Alexander

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