Global Envoy program invites public figures (i.e. athletes, actors, politicians, musicians, business and community leaders, etc.) to become cancer activists, using their voices and public platforms to inspire individuals and rally support for cancer survivors worldwide.
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Evan Handler is an actor, author, journalist, and screenwriter. He currently stars with in Showtime's hit series "Californication." His first book, "Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors," details his remarkable recovery from a supposedly incurable form of acute myeloid leukemia when he was just 24 years old. His second book, "It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive," tells teh ironic story of his lengthy search to find meaning and enjoyment in the life he knows he's lucky to be living.
When he was first treated at New York Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he achieved a complete remission and went back to work, starring in the film "Sweet Lorraine." When the cancer returned, he checked into Johns Hopkins Hospital and underwent a bone marrow transplant. After nearly five months of hospitalization and six months of home recovery, Handler was offered a role at his first audition back in "The Winter's Tale."
Since that time, Handler has spent his time making personal appearances, being a health care advocate and an inspirational speaker. In addition, he has returned to his acting career and can be seen in the television shows "Californication," "Sex and the City," "Lost," "24," and "The West Wing," among others.
Dhani Jones is an athlete, artist, adventurer, and activist. He is also passionate about life, living, and helping others. In 1999, Dhani was a senior at the University of Michigan when he heard the news that his good friend Kunta Littlejohn had been diagnosed with Lymphoma. With hundreds of miles between them, Dhani searched for an avenue to support his friend but was ultimately at a loss. That following year, Dhani was drafted by the New York Giants and Kunta had some advice about being in the big city. He said, “If you want to be anybody, you have to rock a bow tie.” Dhani thought he was crazy and dismissed the idea.
As Kunta continued his recovery process, Dhani gave the advice a little more thought and in quiet support for Kunta, he started wearing one. In Dhani’s words, “I started to “rock” a bow tie, Kunta got better, and I was being recognized as the “Bow Tie Guy”. In May 2010, Dhani launched an initiative called Bow Ties for a Cause, which creates bow ties to raise funds and awareness for multiple non-profit organizations. Bow Ties for a Cause has generated more than $80,000 for 10 different non-profits, one being LIVESTRONG
In August 2011, Dhani met Lance Armstrong in Philadelphia and had the opportunity to make bedside visits with him at Abramson Cancer Center. There Dhani witnessed the passion of LIVESTRONG to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. This encounter solidified Dhani’s commitment to become a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy and he will serve as an advocate to give a voice to the diagnosed who suffer in silence.
As the story has come full-circle, Kunta’s successful battle against Lymphoma has inspired Dhani to take an active role in raising awareness about cancer. He understands the importance of working to reduce the cancer burden as 28 million people are currently living with the disease and 8 million lives will be lost this year. As a new LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Dhani has already demonstrated leadership in the global fight against cancer.
Dhani was a linebacker and team captain for the Cincinnati Bengals, and also played on the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles in his 10-year NFL career. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. After retiring from football, he combined his passion for sports and travel through a Travel Channel show, "Dhani Tackles the Globe," which aired for three seasons. He currently hosts the Spike TV show "Playbook 360." With his zest for life and his constant pursuit of substantive conversation, it’s no wonder that “Dhani” means thinking man in Hindi.
Lorena Rojas is an actress and breast cancer survivor.
For more than two decades, Lorena made her life as an actress in popular telenovelas on Mexican TV. But in 2008, her life changed when her doctor discovered a tumor during a routine exam. She was diagnosed with type II breast cancer.
Lorena is living proof that there is life with cancer and after cancer, but that’s because early detection from a routine mammogram, adequate care from her physician Dr. Mateos and a proper course of treatment saved her life.
After being told, “You have cancer,” she admits she was scared. She didn’t have insurance. Her job was unstable. But she knew that if she let fear take over, the cancer would win. She realized that by educating herself about her disease, she was empowered to live life on her own terms. Her family and friends rallied to support her in the fight of her life.
Her dad called with a special request. He wanted Lorena to read "It’s Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong, the cycling champion who survived advanced testicular cancer. So she did. She was so inspired by Lance’s story that she reached out to the LIVESTRONG Foundation, founded by Armstrong to inspire and empower people affected by cancer.
Since her own battle with cancer, Lorena has taken an active role in raising awareness about cancer, which will become the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010. Twenty-eight million people are currently living with cancer and eight million lives will be lost this year. Lorena is working to reduce the cancer burden as a Global Envoy for LIVESTRONG and serves as a committed cancer advocate who connects with constituents and demonstrates extraordinary leadership in the global fight against cancer. Lorena gives a voice to the diagnosed who suffer in silence. She takes a stand against cultural stigma attached to cancer and helps to spur grassroots mobilization.
Lorena, a native of Mexico, is an avid bungee jumper at 58 leaps and counting who resides in Miami, Fla. She is proud to now find herself in a new starring role: as cancer advocate. She’s on a mission to help save as many lives as possible and invites anyone to join her.
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Eric Shanteau is a world-class swimmer and a testicular cancer survivor. On June 19, 2008, just days before he was to compete in the Olympic trials, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer at age 24. While still reeling from the shock of his diagnosis, he overcame adversity to earn himself a coveted spot on the U.S. men’s swim team for the Beijing Olympics. He had an important decision to make – postpone treatment to fulfill his life-long dream of being an Olympian, but risk his cancer advancing or miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start treatment? After consulting with his doctors, family and coaches, he decided to make the trip to China.
He had weekly tests leading up to the event to make sure his cancer remained stable. Fortunately, it did and he was able to participate in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, setting a personal best in the 200-meter breaststroke. Six days after returning to the United States, he had surgery to remove his malignant tumor. By Sept. 15, 2008, he was cancer free.
Since his own battle with cancer, Eric has taken an active role in raising awareness about cancer, which became the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010. Twenty-eight million people are currently living with cancer and it claims 8 million lives each year. Eric is working to reduce the cancer burden as a Global Envoy for LIVESTRONG to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. As a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Eric serves as a committed cancer advocate who connects with constituents and demonstrates extraordinary leadership in the global fight against cancer. Eric gives a voice to the diagnosed who suffer in silence. He takes a stand against cultural stigma attached to cancer and helps to spur grassroots mobilization.
Eric, a native of Georgia, is a graduate of Auburn University, 11-time NCAA All-American and three-time U.S. National Champion. He holds the distinction as the first male in the history of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American program to graduate with a 4.0 grade point average and a national title. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he trains with renowned swim coaches Eddie Reese and Kris Kubick. In 2009, Eric returned to competitive swimming and went on to set two American records in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and set the world-record in the 4 x 100-meter medley with his teammates Aaron Peirsol, Michael Phelps and David Walters. Even after his cancer diagnosis, this world champion finds himself swimming better than ever and is confident the best is yet to come.
Professional Soccer Player
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Graham Tatters is a professional soccer player and a lymphoma survivor.
Graham had trained his entire life to become a professional soccer player, and was well on his way as a star defender on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers. That all changed in 2005 when he started experiencing dizzy spells and coughing fits that left him unable to dash 10 yards down the field without gasping for breath. While doctors initially blamed his discomfort on everything from stress to the flu, Graham was stunned when they eventually found a nine-pound tumor in his chest and diagnosed him with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Graham’s medical insurance only covered the first month of treatment, which left him and his parents inundated with astronomical medical bills.
Later dubbed “Braveheart” by his teammates, Graham was determined to return to the field in full force despite a doctor’s heartrending prognosis that he would likely never run again. He did just that. In spite of a chemotherapy regimen that disrupted his nervous system and a potent dosage of steroids that caused him to gain 50 pounds, Graham returned to his team full-time as soon as he was cancer-free and even played a game during his third round of chemotherapy.
Since his own battle with cancer, Graham has taken an active role in raising awareness about cancer, which will become the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010. Twenty-eight million people are currently living with cancer and eight million lives will be lost this year. Graham is working to reduce the cancer burden as a Global Envoy for LIVESTRONG to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. As a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Graham serves as a committed cancer advocate who connects with constituents and demonstrates extraordinary leadership in the global fight against cancer. Graham gives a voice to the diagnosed who suffer in silence. He takes a stand against cultural stigma attached to cancer and helps to spur grassroots mobilization.
Graham, a native of Scotland, was named Most Valuable Player at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 and led the Wilmington Hammerheads to become regular season champions in 2009. After a brief stint with the Elgin City Football Club, he moved to Tampa, Fla., with his wife Dana to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He has since moved on to play for Hat Yai FC in Thailand and currently is back in Scotland playing for Inverness Clachnacuddin FC. Graham is playing better than ever and attributes his unwavering passion for life to his battle with cancer.
Seattle Seahawks Coaching Intern
Kenechi Udeze is a football coach and a leukemia survivor.
At the pinnacle of his football career as a defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings, Udeze was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in February, 2008. He spent 70 days in a hospital due to a precariously low white blood cell count that left him defenseless against infection. Doctors decided that chemotherapy alone was not enough and that he needed a bone marrow transplant. Remarkably, his brother Thomas was a 100 percent match. With proper care and a positive attitude, Udeze went into remission and his doctors performed a successful bone marrow transplant that July.
Since his own battle with cancer, Udeze has taken an active role in raising awareness about cancer, which became the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010. Twenty-eight million people are currently living with cancer and it claims 8 million lives annually. Udeze is working to reduce the cancer burden as a Global Envoy for LIVESTRONG to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. As a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Udeze serves as a committed cancer advocate who connects with constituents and demonstrates extraordinary leadership in the global fight against cancer.
Udeze gives a voice to the diagnosed who suffer in silence. He takes a stand against cultural stigma attached to cancer and helps to spur grassroots mobilization.
Udeze, a native of California, helped the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans win the Rose Bowl in 2004 as defensive end and was a first-round draft pick and five-year starter with the Minnesota Vikings. He trained countless hours after going into remission in hopes of returning to the field in 2009, but neuropathy, a common side effect of chemotherapy, caused debilitating numbness and sensitivity in his feet. This complication prevented him from resuming play at the professional level, and he chose to retire.
After his playing days, Udeze moved into the coaching ranks as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Washington for three seasons. He has since been hired as a coaching intern with the NFL's Seattle Seawhawks and is coaching the defensive line. Udeze recently graduated from USC with a degree in sociology and says he is even more fulfilled being a cancer advocate than he was playing football.
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Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired
Ethan Zohn is the 2002 winner of the reality television show Survivor. With his $1 million prize money, Ethan co-founded Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children, a tailor-made SKILLZ curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention. Since it’s founding GRS has caught the attention of (and now partners with) Nike, the Gates Foundation, FIFA Futbol for Hope, (RED), Elton John Foundation, Daimler Chrysler and DeBeers, and ‘graduated’ over 340,000 youths. By the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014, the organization’s goal is to graduate one million African youths from the program.
In August 2008, Ethan officially launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED an international, youth-led movement to raise money and build awareness for his foundation and mission to end HIV/AIDS in Africa, by embarking on a world-record-breaking 550-mile journey on foot, from Boston, Mass., to Washington, D.C. – dribbling a soccer ball the entire route. Ethan is also the national spokesperson for America Scores, an organization that helps inner city kids participate in educational soccer programs. Other extensive charity work includes the Colon Cancer Alliance, Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO), Autism Speaks, Global Conservation Act, St. Jude Hospital, and Maccabi USA.
In May—less than 30 days after his diagnoses with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was made public on the cover of People Magazine—Ethan was asked to serve as National Ambassador for “Stand Up 2 Cancer” and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Most recently, Ethan spearheaded the national awareness and fundraising campaign called “Survivors Stands Up 2 Cancer”, an alliance between CBS, Survivor and SU2C.
In recognition for his charitable work, Ethan has been awarded the Nkosi Johnson Community Spirit Award by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, the Heroes Among Us Award from the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Health Department, and the Auxilia Chimusoro Award from the U.S. State Department in Zimbabwe. In addition, he was awarded The 2007 Peace Abby “Courage of Conscience,” the 2008 A Caring Hand’s “Philanthropic Achievement Award,” and was named one of People Magazine’s “Helpers of the Year” in 2005.
Originally from Lexington, Mass., Ethan graduated from Vassar College in upstate New York, going on to play professional soccer for Highlanders FC (Zimbabwe), Cape Cod Crusaders (Massachusetts) and Hawaii Tsunami (Hawaii). Ethan also played for the 1997 and 2001 U.S. National Maccabiah squads.
Off the field, from 1998 to 2002, Ethan was the Assistant Coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Men and Women’s soccer teams. In 2003, he was Head Coach of the U.S. National Maccabiah team at the Pan-American Maccabiah Games, in Santiago, Chile.
Ethan resides in New York City.
Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired
Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired is a passionate cancer activist and the mother of a cancer survivor.
Princess Dina Mired has led the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) in Jordan as director general since 2003. In her capacity as director, she founded and developed the Foundation’s fundraising and development department making it now one of the best fundraising institutions in Jordan. KHCF has succeeded in enlisting every segment of society in the fight against cancer and is now the largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to the fight against cancer in Jordan. Princess Dina has also restructured and expanded KHCF's health care program for cancer coverage, making it the only non-profit cancer coverage program in Jordan that also offers early detection services.
Since her son’s battle with cancer, Princess Dina has taken an active role in raising awareness about the disease, which will become the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010. Twenty-eight million people are currently living with cancer and eight million lives will be lost this year. Princess Dina is working to reduce the cancer burden as a Global Envoy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Austin, Texas-based organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. As a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Princess Dina serves as a committed cancer advocate who connects with constituents and demonstrates extraordinary leadership in the global fight against cancer. Princess Dina gives a voice to the diagnosed who suffer in silence. She takes a stand against cultural stigma attached to cancer and helps to spur grassroots mobilization.
As one of the leading figures advocating for early detection and screening of breast cancer for women in Jordan, Princess Dina is the honorary chairperson of the Jordan Breast Cancer Program. She is an honorary member of the Mediterranean Task Force for Cancer Control and honorary co-president of the Global Task Force for Expanded Access to Cancer Control and Care in the Developing World, promoted by the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School.
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At only 22 years of age Ryan Dungey has won every title in the sport of motocross. In 2009 Ryan stormed onto the motocross scene winning both the Lites Supercross Championship and the 250 Motocross Championship. The world would quickly learn that he was just getting warmed up. In 2010 Ryan became the second motocross rider in the history of the sport to win the 450 Supercross Championship and the 450 Motocross Championship in his rookie season. He then went on to lead the U.S. to victory in the Motocross Des Nations that same year.
Ryan’s success continued in 2011. He once again lead his country to victory at the Motocross Des Nations and with victories on both tours he finished the season 3rd in Supercross and 2nd in Motocross. In 2012 Dungey made a pivotal decision to rejoin his longtime mentor Roger DeCoster at the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team. In just the second race of the 2012 Supercross season Dungey delivered KTM its first ever Supercross victory.
All of Dungey’s tremendous success is not without a lot of hard work and encouragement from a family of racers. His dad, Troy, was an amateur racer and his siblings, Jade and Blake, were amateur competitors as well. They all travel with Ryan ensuring he is well supported during his mission to have continued success in motocross.
When he’s not out on the track, Ryan has become an integral part of Nike’s LIVESTRONG Campaign for cancer awareness. Ryan’s work with LIVESTRONG occupies a special place in his heart having lost his grandmother to cancer in 2005. Ryan’s career is dedicated to her memory.
Ryan Hunter-Reay is the most successful American driver currently competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series with more than twice as many race wins as all of the other current American drivers combined.
Hunter-Reay won the IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year award in 2007, despite only competing in six of the seventeen events, and Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors in 2008.
In January 2010 Hunter-Reay was signed to drive for Andretti Autosport, where he won the prestigious Long Beach Grand Prix and Andretti Autosports first win under the sole ownership of Michael Andretti.
The #28 depicted on his race car is a show of support for the estimated 28 million people living with cancer worldwide. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who lost his mother to colon cancer in 2009, continues to be a leader in the fight against cancer and serves as a global envoy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation and as an ambassador for 'Racing for Cancer', an organization founded in 2010 to help build awareness in the global fight against cancer.
Omar Bravo joined Sporting Kansas City for the 2011 season and is one of the most decorated and beloved players in Chivas Guadalajara history. He left Chivas Guadalajara as the club’s 2nd all-time leading scorer, with 108 goals in league competition for the club and 14 goals in 35 career Libertadores matches.
Bravo has netted more than 150 goals in more than 450 top-flight matches for club and country. He is a veteran athlete who has played in both the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Bravo currently plays for Cruz Azul in Mexico.
Carly Fiorina worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school and began her business career as a secretary for a small business. She became the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She was named Fortune’s Most powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years.
During her tenure at HP, Carly led the reinvention of this legendary company, tripling its rate of innovation, achieving market leadership, transforming its cost structure and accelerating growth. Despite controversy and opposition, she successfully acquired and integrated Compaq Computer, in what is now seen as the most successful high-tech merger in history. Under her leadership, HP doubled in revenues to $88 billion and generated 11 patents a day, with significantly improved profitability and cash flow. HP became a leader in every product category and market segment in which it competed.
Carly is politically active. In her own first-time candidacy, she ran against four-term Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in California in 2010. She served as Victory Chair for John McCain and a co-chair for Mitt Romney. In addition, she serves on the Board of the American Conservative Union.
Carly is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, competitiveness and job creation. She provides commentary on these topics and more as a regular contributor for CNBC. She also is actively engaged in policy formulation and philanthropy. Among her many activities, she Chairs Good360, the world’s largest online product donation marketplace. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Health Coverage Education. She is a Co-Chair of the US Leadership in Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as on the Leadership Council of the Initiative for Global Development. She is a founding supporter of the African Leadership Academy and a founder of The One Woman Initiative now aligned with the efforts of Opportunity International. She has also served on the Defense Business Board, as the Chairman of the CIA’s External Advisory Board and on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State. She has been a member of the Boards of Kellogg Company, Cisco Systems, Merck and Taiwan Semiconductor. She is a cancer survivor who openly tells her story, acting as a Global Envoy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Carly earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She and her husband Frank live in Virginia and California. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.
Lillian Dube is a distinguished actresses who has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, and has appeared in television, films and the theater.
She has been honored with awards such as The Star Tonight Award for best actress, Astera Award for best actress in drama, the Artes Award for best actress as well as a Lifetime Achiever Award which she received in 2004.
Lillian has appeared in "Curl Up and Dye," a theater production that toured Scotland and Germany. She has also appeared in the films "Cry the Beloved Country," "Sweet & Short," "Sharks I’m Gatvol," "Zulu On My Stoep" and "African Skies." She is best known for her portrayal of Sister Bettina in "Soul City." Other television appearances include "Generations," "Soul Buddyz" and
Lillian is a breast cancer survivor who uses her experience to spread awareness about the disease.