Cure Panel Talk Show for

Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Matthew Zacchary & Suleika

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The Cure Panel Talk Show on 8 August, 2013 @ 6 pm ET

The Cure Panel Talk Show is excited to launch its panel series for Young Adult Cancer Survivors.

The show hosts Matthew Zacchary of Stupid Cancer and Suleika Jaouad, NYT columnist/ cancer ninja.

Matthew Zachary is a 17 year pediatric brain cancer survivor. He foundedStupid Cancer , an advocacy, support, and research organization that works for survivors and care providers with the aim to end isolation, improve quality of life, provide information regarding resources to young adults with cancer, and form a community where young adults in cancer world can share and help each other.

Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the very young age of 23 years. Suleika underwent a stem cell transplant for her cancer and post chemotherapy she is getting better every day. Her weekly columns on battling cancer in the ‘Well’ section of NYTimes, ‘Life, Interrupted’ has a large fan following.

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Ethan Zohn

Ethan Zohn is soccer player and the 2002 winner of the reality television Show Survivor. With his 1million dollar prize money, Ethan co-founded Grassroot!Soccer!(GRS), a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African

children, through a tailor made curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention. In April 2009, Ethan was diagnosed with CD 20+ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has undergone two stem cell transplants to control his cancer. Ethan serves as a National Ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Ethan is also a Global Envoy for LIVESTRONG and MOVEMBER.

Erika Lade

Erika Lade is an Project Manager at Azul 7, a design consultancy working to make the medical system more human. She also holds a Master of Arts in Food Studies at New York University where her research focused on the prison food system and its industrial ties. Erika is a breast cancer thriver and advocate for young cancer patients.

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Karen Crowley

Karen is a stay at home mom who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005. She chronicles her cancer journey in her blog, Adventures of Cancer Girl.

Heather Von St. James

In 2005, at the age of 36, and only three months after giving birth to a beautiful daughter Lily Rose, Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Upon learning of this life-altering diagnosis, Heather, together with her husbandCameron, embarked upon a search to find the best mesothelioma treatment care available. Their search eventually led them to Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon at the Boston based Brigham and Women's hospital. Dr. Sugarbaker recommended a relatively new surgical procedure called extrapleural pneumonectomy, a groundbreaking treatment option offered through the International Mesothelioma Program. Although there were some risks associated with the procedure, it also carried promise for the best possible outcome. Heather, with full support from her husband and family, agreed to have the surgery.

Today, Heather Von St. James is a seven year mesothelioma cancer survivor and continues to provide unending inspiration to mesothelioma victims around the globe. She carries out her mission to be a beacon of hope for those afflicted with mesothelioma by sharing her story of faith, love and courage both as a keynote speaker at conferences and through social media forums.

Cameron Von St. James

Cameron is husband to Heather Von St. James, survivor advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, and father to Lily Rose. He, along with Heather and young Lily, had their world's turned upside down when Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, just 3 1/2 months after the birth of his only child. When faced with the very real possibility of raising Lily on his own, he fought alongside Heather in her battle with mesothelioma. It was his determination and refusal to compromise on doctors or treatments that led them to Boston to receive radical surgery from esteemed mesothelioma surgeon, David Sugarbaker. Heather continues to thrive 7 years later.

Through out the next few years, while being a caregiver to Heather and dad to Lily, Cameron returned to school full time to finish his degree. He worked full time, went to school full time and graduated with high honors at the top of his class in June of 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology. He was soon offered a position at US Bank as Network Analyst and continues to pursue his career.

Like Heather, Cameron is passionate about bringing awareness to mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure. It is his hope that sharing his story will help others those battling cancer and their caregivers who provide them care and guidance in their journey.

The Cure Panel Talk Show for Young Adult Cancer Survivors @ 6pm ET

Thursday, Aug. 8th 2013 at 6pm

This is an online event.

Young adult cancer survivors will share their stories with Matthew Zacchary and Suleika Jaouad.

Callers may also be given the opportunity to ask the panel questions live on the show. Send in your questions for the panel to

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The Cure Panel Talk Show Format

  • 6.00 pm - Conference call starts.
  • 6.00 pm - Moderator welcomes and introduces experts and panelists.
  • 6.03 pm - Expert speaks on the topic.
  • 6.23 pm - Panelists begin discussion.
  • 6.50 pm - Discussion is opened up for listeners.
  • 6:59 pm - Moderator thanks experts, panelists, and participants.
  • 6.00 pm - Call comes to an end.

About Cure Panel Talk Show

Cure Panel is organized by CureTalk, a blog dedicated to discussing the future of medicine and the latest treatments under development. Cure Panel Talk Show is a series of monthly conference calls that will feature leading medical experts in conversation with patients/bloggers/researchers/health consumers. The panel will discuss latest cures under development of a given condition like Myeloma, Prostate Cancer.

CureTalk is a blog of, an online platform to connect patients to clinical trials of new treatments.

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