Kevin’s Story

Today we celebrate our Inspiration, KEVIN CARLBERG

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to raise funds by selling Don’t Worry Be Happy shirts to help our struggling Cancer Warriors pay their bills. Show your support, pick the warrior of your choice today under Warriors Page and spread our message of hope, happiness and love.

When Kevin Carlberg was diagnosed with brain cancer he donned his “Don’t Worry Be Happy” shirt and wore it everywhere. He explained his life’s philosophy, “I’m happy and I want to make other people feel happy too, and know that you can survive this.”Embodying this simple mantra, he miraculously thrived, six years longer than ever expected. He inspired dozens of news stories, and helped raise millions of dollars for cancer research. This powerful message asks you to realize that “worry” over a future that may never come causes disease. Embrace the present, and choose wellness by being happy. Wearing this shirt will uplift you and those around you giving hope to those who need it the most. Surround every survivor with this message. Be the spark of hope and light that creates a miracle as it did for Kevin.

We Celebrate the life of Kevin Carlberg today

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

KEVIN MICHAEL JOHN CARLBERG

4/28/1977 ~ 8/29/09

Dont Worry Be Happy shirts celebrates the life of Kevin Carlberg today.  Not only is Kevin the inspiration behind the shirt,  we feel Kevin’s presence and support for all of those that DWBHshirts is able to help.  There isn’t a day that goes by that we dont think of you and miss you!  We love you Kevin.

  Have you read the inside of our Dont Worry Be Happy shirts?   Please do!

Inside of DWBH Shirt

 
Life is a marathon, and we take it one step at a time.
Get busy living. – Kevin Carlberg” I wear this shirt every time I go see Dr. Linda Liau. It’s my Lucky shirt. When you go to the hospital, you see a lot of people who are bummed out. I’m happy and I want to make other people feel happy too, and know they can survive this.”A faded blue T-shirt bearing the phrase that became his life motto, ” DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY.”Kev was an exceptional man. He was a man that inspired doctors and researchers to find cutting edge cancer treatments. He was a prolific musician who could bring a stadium to their feet. His talent and survivorship was so amazing, he inspired dozens of news stories, and with great pride, helped raise millions of dollars for cancer research. His faith was resolute, his smile unwavering. He had a magical way of making you feel you were epically unique and clever. He made his daughter, LYRIC, laugh and dance with contagious abandon and loved her with all of the might of the universe. He was chivalrous and witty, handsome and generous. he truly lived for the moment and emanated love to friends and strangers alike.

Kevin is once again healthy, walking again, singing and laughing, helping watch over ALL of Us.

“LIFE IS A MARATHON, AND WE TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME. GET BUSY LIVING”

Kevin Michael John Carlberg

 

Article About Kevin

In the Los Angeles Times

– By Kim Irwin 2007

Kevin Carlberg

Whenever he visits UCLA to see his doctor, Kevin Carlberg always wears the same thing – a faded blue T-shirt bearing a phrase that has become his life motto: “Don’t worry, be happy.”

That can be a tall order for someone diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer. But Carlberg, 30, manages to pull it off.

“I try to live more in the right now than anything else,” said Carlberg, who lives in West Hollywood. “I’m enjoying life. I don’t take anything for granted anymore.”

As lead singer and guitar player, Carlberg was on the road with his band, Pseudopod, in Colorado in November 2002 when he experienced severe head pain. He thought it was a migraine, but the pain kept intensifying so his band mates took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Later he learned he had glioblastoma and that his tumor – judging by its size and aggression – was about as bad as it could be. What he didn’t know then, and didn’t want to know, was that most glioblastoma patients live only about a year after diagnosis, even after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Carlberg was transferred to UCLA, where top neurosurgeon Dr. Linda Liau removed the tumor. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy, the conventional therapies to fight his disease. But he also went a step further. In May 2004, he enrolled in a brain cancer vaccine study being led by Liau, a researcher at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The leading-edge study uses the patient’s tumor to create individualized vaccines based on the tumor’s protein expression profile.

The then 25-year-old received several personalized vaccine injections and hoped the experimental therapy would keep his cancer from coming back. And it has.

Beating the odds, the young man has survived more than three times longer than the average glioblastoma patient treated with conventional therapies. And he’s made good use of that time.

He married his college sweetheart, welcomed a daughter, Lyric, into his life and in 2005, he ran the Los Angeles Marathon, raising money for cancer research at UCLA. He recently completed his first solo CD, a singer-songwriter debut with a bluesy, jazzy feel. Several tracks reflect his experience battling cancer. (You can find his new CD at http://cdbaby.com/cd/kevincarlberg).

Carlberg said enrolling in a clinical trial never gave him pause. He knew the treatment was unproven, but said he was willing to “do anything and everything” to fight his cancer.

“My view was that I had to go in there and kick butt,” he said. “So that’s what I did from square one.”

To monitor for recurrence, Carlberg gets a scan every three months. So far, the scans are clear. He’s cancer free.

“I feel like I can be a good role model for people and maybe a source of inspiration for some,” said Carlberg, who married his wife, Meritt, on Jan. 25, 2003, about two months after his diagnosis. “Through my music, people will know that I have survived and am surviving and I’m spreading the word that way.”

Part of the proceeds from sales of his CD will fund cancer research at UCLA. It’s his way to give back, he said.

“Dr. Liau is my hero,” Carlberg said. “I always felt safe with her. She’s amazing.”

While pursuing his solo career, Carlberg plays “Mr. Mom” to Lyric and cherishes every moment he gets to spend with his daughter, who will turn three in June.

And what about that T-shirt?

“I wear it every time I go see Dr. Liau. It’s my lucky shirt,” Carlberg said. “When you go to the hospital, you see a lot of people who are bummed out. I’m happy and I want to make other people feel happy, too, and know that you can survive this.”

His live-in the-now philosophy helps him maintain his sunny demeanor.

“It can be scary when we go in for the scans, but Meritt says we can handle anything if we just take one day at the time,” Carlberg said. “Life is a marathon, and we take it one step at a time.”


Article About Kevin

Taken from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kevin Carlberg

Whenever he visits UCLA to see his doctor, Kevin Carlberg always wears the same thing – a faded blue T-shirt bearing a phrase that has become his life motto: “Don’t worry, be happy.”
That can be a tall order for someone diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer. But Carlberg, 30, manages to pull it off.
“I try to live more in the right now than anything else,” said Carlberg, who lives in West Hollywood. “I’m enjoying life. I don’t take anything for granted anymore.”
As lead singer and guitar player, Carlberg was on the road with his band, Pseudopod, in Colorado in November 2002 when he experienced severe head pain. He thought it was a migraine, but the pain kept intensifying so his band mates took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Later he learned he had glioblastoma and that his tumor – judging by its size and aggression – was about as bad as it could be. What he didn’t know then, and didn’t want to know, was that most glioblastoma patients live only about a year after diagnosis, even after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Carlberg was transferred to UCLA, where top neurosurgeon Dr. Linda Liau removed the tumor. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy, the conventional therapies to fight his disease. But he also went a step further. In May 2004, he enrolled in a brain cancer vaccine study being led by Liau, a researcher at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The leading-edge study uses the patient’s tumor to create individualized vaccines based on the tumor’s protein expression profile.
The then 25-year-old received several personalized vaccine injections and hoped the experimental therapy would keep his cancer from coming back. And it has.
Beating the odds, the young man has survived more than three times longer than the average glioblastoma patient treated with conventional therapies. And he’s made good use of that time.
He married his college sweetheart, welcomed a daughter, Lyric, into his life and in 2005, he ran the Los Angeles Marathon, raising money for cancer research at UCLA. He recently completed his first solo CD, a singer-songwriter debut with a bluesy, jazzy feel. Several tracks reflect his experience battling cancer. (You can find his new CD at http://cdbaby.com/cd/kevincarlberg).
Carlberg said enrolling in a clinical trial never gave him pause. He knew the treatment was unproven, but said he was willing to “do anything and everything” to fight his cancer.
“My view was that I had to go in there and kick butt,” he said. “So that’s what I did from square one.”
To monitor for recurrence, Carlberg gets a scan every three months. So far, the scans are clear. He’s cancer free.
“I feel like I can be a good role model for people and maybe a source of inspiration for some,” said Carlberg, who married his wife, Meritt, on Jan. 25, 2003, about two months after his diagnosis. “Through my music, people will know that I have survived and am surviving and I’m spreading the word that way.”
Part of the proceeds from sales of his CD will fund cancer research at UCLA. It’s his way to give back, he said.
“Dr. Liau is my hero,” Carlberg said. “I always felt safe with her. She’s amazing.”
While pursuing his solo career, Carlberg plays “Mr. Mom” to Lyric and cherishes every moment he gets to spend with his daughter, who will turn three in June.
And what about that T-shirt?
“I wear it every time I go see Dr. Liau. It’s my lucky shirt,” Carlberg said. “When you go to the hospital, you see a lot of people who are bummed out. I’m happy and I want to make other people feel happy, too, and know that you can survive this.”
His live-in the-now philosophy helps him maintain his sunny demeanor.
“It can be scary when we go in for the scans, but Meritt says we can handle anything if we just take one day at the time,” Carlberg said. “Life is a marathon, and we take it one step at a time.”

– By Kim Irwin2007