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
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
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.
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
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
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.