Three-time “Survivor” participant Ethan Zohn is a survivor, alright. He has overwhelmed most cancers twice and is now partnering with a nonprofit group known as the Lymphoma Research Foundation. In a latest interview with Heavy, he talked about this essential work, which grew to become much more important within the face of the worldwide pandemic.
Zohn Is an Official Ambassador for the Lymphoma Research Foundation
Zohn advised us that he’s an “official LRF Ambassador,” which signifies that his position is to “encourage others dealing with a lymphoma prognosis and assist share the data and sources out there by way of the nonprofit.”
He joked that the LRF “noticed [him] cross out throughout the log problem on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ and get again as much as end” and that is once they realized they need to attain out to him. That, and the truth that Zohn battled a uncommon type of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009 and once more in 2011. His battle concerned a number of rounds of chemotherapy and stem-cell transplants earlier than he was declared cancer-free in 2012. So he can communicate from expertise concerning the toll a lymphoma prognosis can take and he’s proud to be working with the LRF.
“The Lymphoma Research Foundation is superior,” stated Zohn, including, “It’s the nation’s largest non-profit group devoted solely to funding revolutionary lymphoma analysis and serving the lymphoma group education schemes, outreach initiatives and help providers.”
Zohn Said That The COVID Pandemic Has Helped ‘Shine a Light’ On How Vulnerable Cancer Patients Really Are
When requested how the pandemic affected the LRF’s analysis, Zohn stated that COVID truly helped get extra recognition as to how susceptible most cancers sufferers may be.
“COVID helped shine a light-weight on how essential most cancers analysis is normally and confirmed simply how susceptible most cancers sufferers are,” stated Zohn, including, “This pandemic made me notice that entry to data is so essential, particularly for most cancers sufferers and survivors, and that organizations just like the Lymphoma Research Foundation present steering for occasions like these so sufferers might help get a peace of thoughts.”
He continued, “Organizations like LRF are researching the affect of COVID on lymphoma sufferers every day, so the analysis being performed will assist so many individuals for years to return.”
The “Survivor: Africa” winner additionally advised us that having most cancers is much like taking part in to “Survivor” in the best way that it “touches on each a part of you as a human being.”
“Like ‘Survivor,’ most cancers is a problem that touches on each a part of you as a human being — psychological, bodily, social, religious, environmental, monetary. But this sport we’re taking part in is for our lives and never a $1 million,” stated Zohn.
“When I used to be sick with Lymphoma, it was tough to seek out good data, packages, scientific trials, analysis and different folks my age dealing with a most cancers battle. So, I made a decision to go public with my battle as a result of I hoped the small print of my scenario could assist others on the market. LRF’s mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve these touched by this illness, and I wish to assist them additional this mission.”
Zohn additionally stated that shedding his father to most cancers when he was simply an adolescent had a profound affect on him as effectively.
“I misplaced my father to most cancers after I was 14,” stated Zohn in a press launch. “Through my very own battle with lymphoma twice, I’ve personally seen the affect of most cancers analysis and coverings. The analysis has come up to now in such a brief time period that I do know my dad could be alive in the present day. I’m deeply proud to be an Ambassador for the Lymphoma Research Foundation and if I can inspire even one particular person to study concerning the present analysis that’s being performed to assist save lives from blood most cancers, I do know we’ll have been profitable.”
For extra details about how one can become involved or for instructional sources, try the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s web site.
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