Supporting Cancer Survivors
Cyria Group is proud to partner with Send Me On Vacation, a non-profit organization that supports breast cancer survivors by facilitating unique healing experiences, special events, empowerment workshops, and wellness retreats throughout the world. Breast cancer has physical, emotional, and spiritual impacts on all that suffer from this disease. Send Me On Vacation has long been dedicated to helping cancer patients in the healing process by providing the value of rejuvenation, renewal, and restoration with specialized dream vacations focusing on the mind, body and spirit.
To advance and support the healing process of breast cancer survivors
with unique vacation experiences that rejuvenate, renew, and restore the mind, body and spirit.
To directly affect the breast cancer healing process with enlightenment and empowerment.
Many women who have experienced treatment for cancer will tell you that when the physical aspects of the battle end, the emotional struggles begin. The adverse effects of the treatment can leave women, their families and friends in shambles. We believe that an essential step in surviving this experience is to provide survivors with a well deserved vacation to CELEBRATE LIFE!
We have helped thousands of people get out of their timeshares, and now you can help people by donating your unwanted weeks.
I am so looking forward to the Mermaid Journey. Through my journey with breast cancer I did not want to be thought of as a woman battling cancer, but rather a woman living with breast cancer. I don’t want to spend my remaining years focused on the disease. I want to focus on all the blessings I have. God bless you Cathy!
About the Founders
Ms. Backus is the founder and President of Send Me On Vacation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) charity that sends women who have recently completed breast cancer treatment on vacation to renew their body, mind, and spirit. She started her vacation industry career with Club Med as Director of Sales for North America. She also serves as Vice President of Sales for VacationGuard Inc., the leading provider of travel protection in the travel and tourism industry, has written and lectured in the vacation industry, and has been a keynote speaker at national women’s organizations, travel industry forums, and charitable venues. During the past 11 years, Ms. Backus has developed and marketed cutting edge travel insurance products. Ms. Backus has successfully developed an arm of Girls, Inc. called Collegeship, a program that helps underprivileged girls in Harlem, NY go to college.
Leland Eugene (Gene) Backus is a native Nevadan and graduate of UCLA School of Law. He has been chief trial counsel or regional counsel on some of the largest complex cases in the country from the MGM Fire Litigation where he was appointed Liaison Counsel to Agent Orange, asbestos, Dupont Hotel Fire Litigation, Pepcon Plant Explosion, Bone Screw Litigation, tobacco, diet drug and other medical/pharmaceutical complex and class action litigation. When asked what he specializes in, his answer is often the “complex and ugly.” He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for Nevada and the Mountain States. His law firm, Backus-Carranza Burden represents hotel, construction, healthcare, real estate, and insurance clientele.
Mr. Backus is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association in complex construction and commercial matters and has been selected as panel chairman in many large-scale disputes. He has authored several articles in the field of litigation, including ABA survey publications on pharmaceuticals and medical device litigation issues. Not only has he educated others in healthcare law and products liability internationally, he has lectured in construction law at the national level at both the esteemed Super-conference and the ABA Forum for the Construction Industry. He has helped educate judges and lawyers on civil rule practice; his peers refer to him as a “lawyer’s lawyer.”