About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

What if you could manage adversity with grace and good humor?

Marlys Johnson



Married to my husband, Gary, for 41 years; two children and six grandchildren. Served as Survivorship Coordinator at St. Charles Cancer Center. While Gary was living with terminal cancer, we founded a non-profit and - working around our day jobs - traveled across the country sharing what we were doing to live well with metastatic disease. When Gary died in Nov 2014, my adult children encouraged me to take an early retirement, get back into speaking, continue blogging, write a second book.

An overview of our season of adversity that included joblessness and a live-in parent sinking into dementia before the cancer diagnosis, followed by lessons learned on how to live well through the hard - self-care, the incorporation of gratitude and good humor, looking for ways to give back, how our faith came into play.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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Multimedia Partner

Hand In Hand Productions

Media Partner

The Source Weekly

Other Partners


Mug Revolution


Mt. Bachelor

Connexion Printing

Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

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