“Survivor” to speak at 2013 Leaves of Hope

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Ethan Zohn, cancer survivor, 2002 winner of the reality TV show Survivor, professional soccer player and cofounder of Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit that promotes HIV/AIDS prevention through the help of professional soccer players, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Leaves of Hope Run/Walk on Sunday, June 2.

Throughout his battle with cancer – twice beating a rare form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – Zohn has run marathons and served as an inspiration and a global ambassador for a variety of charities, including Stand Up To Cancer, LIVESTRONG Foundation, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation and BEYOND SPORT. His reach is vast and it is his mission to be the megaphone for the young adult generation battling cancer.  

“Ethan has been a source of such strength and humor to so many around the world in his own battle with cancer, and has provided unflagging support of others with the disease,” said Carol Salzmann, executive director of Lutheran Medical Center Foundation. “We are truly honored to have him bring that message of inspiration and hope to our community.”

Zohn will join cancer survivors at the run/walk, present race awards and offer meaningful words as the keynote during the Cancer Survivors Day Celebration. The event benefits loved ones, friends and co-workers experiencing cancer in our community by bringing together people of all ages, from children to seniors, with a common purpose to celebrate and honor cancer survivors while making a difference locally.

A motivational speaker and children’s author, Zohn also has appeared on Fear Factor and The Amazing Race, has been a guest host on MTV and VH1, and was featured in a documentary film A Closer Walk, along with the Dalai Lama, Bono and Kofi Annan.

Zohn co-hosted the 2012 Daytime Emmy Nominated ABC show Everyday Health, which launched September 2011, traveling the country covering stories on amazing people who have gone through a health crisis and continue to use the power of the human spirit to not only better themselves, but the communities around them.  He is also the co-host of OUTSIDE TODAY, airing on Outside Television Network. This morning chat show covers all aspects of living an active lifestyle. He also has appeared on Fear Factor and The Amazing Race, has been a guest host on MTV and VH1, and was featured in a documentary film A Closer Walk, along with the Dalai Lama, Bono and Kofi Annan.

The author of the children’s book series, SOCCER WORLD, Zohn believes that every crisis is the opportunity to do something good in this world.

From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. The Leaves of Hope and Cancer Survivors Day Celebration are meant to honor the courage and perseverance of our community’s cancer survivors and acknowledge the care and compassion provided by families, friends and health care providers. Throughout the world, communities celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day® as a way to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, fulfilling, and even inspiring.

Community and corporate support helps raise critical funds to benefit the Exempla Comprehensive Cancer Center at Lutheran including cancer survivorship program, genetic counseling program, clinical trials and patient care.

For more information on Ethan Zohn, please follow him on twitter @EthanZohn or on Facebook at Ethan Zohn Fan Page.