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At 27-years-old, Ethan Zohn won “Survivor: Africa.” But unlike a lot of other guys his age, he didn’t squander his $1 million prize on fast cars and wild trips to Vegas. Instead he founded Grassroot Soccer, an organization that combines soccer with AIDS/HIV education to kids in Africa.
The former soccer player has always been athletic, and planned to run the New York Marathon in 2009. But unfortunately, on April 30 of that year he was diagnosed with CD20-positive Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Even though he underwent chemotherapy in May of ’09, Ethan announced that the cancer had returned in September.
His friend, and fellow reality TV star, Ryan Sutter ran the Marathon on behalf of his friend.
This year, Ethan has battled the odds and is in remission. The ultimate survivor, finally plans to run the New York Marathon in November. And this time, he’s (playfully) going head-to-head with his pal Ryan.
Sutter, who starred on the first season of “The Bachelorette,” is racing Zohn to the finish line in support of his own charity. Per the First Descents website, the organizations mission statement is, “committed to curing young adults of the emotional effects of cancer and empowering them to regain control of their lives by experiencing outdoor adventure therapy through kayaking, rock climbing, and other outdoor adventure sports.”
We wish them both the best of luck. But we have to admit we’re rooting for Ethan to outrun, outwit, and outlast.