On today’s show Dr Fitness and the Fat Guy had on Matthew Zachary, host of The Stupid Cancer Show and creator of one of the best cancer websites focusing on young people called I’m Too Young For Cancer Foundation. Matthew is trying to improve the survival rate and quality of life in young people who are suffering with cancer. That rate has not improved in over 30 years.
Here is Matthew’s inspirational story in a nutshell – he was a 21-year old college senior and aspiring concert pianist and composer en route to film school to become a Hollywood film composer when he slowly lost use of his left hand, was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer (medulloblastona) and told he’d likely never perform again. Thirteen years, four albums and scores of concerts later, Matthew’s struggle to get busy living has inspired countless thousands.
Today, Matthew is an award-winning musician and composer, accredited thought-leader in public health, a leading authority on the youth cancer culture, a highly credentialed and coveted motivational speaker, and a burgeoning social entrepreneur with the founding of the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation in 2007, a pioneering nonprofit organization in the Web2.0/Health2.0 space that was recently ranked a TIME Magazine Best 50 Website for 2007.
A member of the prestigious Google Health Advisory Council, Matthew has 15 years of experience in advertising, youth culture marketing, information technology and visual communications for print and web in addition to strategic expertise public relations, consumer healthcare, nonprofit management and social media.
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