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Celebrities and Medical Speakers on Cancer Topics
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Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter
(Topics: Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Cancer), One of TV's favorite mothers, Meredith appeared on the popular show, "Family Ties". While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, and other challenges while raising five children. Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also released her memoir, "Untied". From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.

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Tony Dow
Tony Dow
(Topics: Depression, Mental Health Advocacy), Few Hollywood celebrities have a more compelling story than Tony Dow. A two time cancer survivor who also has successfully battled depression, the former star of "Leave It To Beaver" has been an advocate for mental health for many years. He has testified before Congress, was a spokesperson at the national convention of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, and was the subject of a documentary on KQED-TV about the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Dow has made tremendous progress and his story is inspiring to all audiences.

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Susan Ford Bales
Susan Ford Bales
(Topics: Family Substance Abuse; Cancer, Heart Disease) Presidential daughter and advocate for awareness of substance abuse, breast cancer and her own experience with heart disease. .The daughter of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Susan Ford Bales' adolescence was spent in the White House during one of the most turbulent times in American history. In addition to speaking about living in the White House, Bales also addresses the impact of substance abuse on her family. She is also one of the nation's most visible advocates for breast cancer awareness, and shares her own story of experiencing cardiac arrest in 2010.

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Tembi Locke
Tembi Locke
Actor, Mom, Writer, Artist, Chef's wife and now a young widow, Tembi Locke shares her passionate love affair with her husband and the heart-rending diagnosis that taught her how grief can "transform" and resilience "emerge!" Her creation, "The Kitchen Widow" is a modern take on the age-old kitchen table conversation - an inspirational online platform dedicated to raising awareness about how we can support each other through times of illness and grief. Tembi reminds us to reclaim the lost art of comforting the soul. Using the tools Tembi learned at the side of a chef, she chops, tastes and transforms the raw ingredients of loss and gratitude into something generous and sustaining.

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Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash
A rare breed, a writer who knows how to tell a story as powerfully on stage as she does on the page, Ms. Nash is seen in hundreds of national magazine articles for publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Self, Shape, Child, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers' Digest. Her specialty, for more than 20 years, has been writing about the small moments that give life meaning. On stage, Jennie brings her personal story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what adversity can mean in their own lives and in the lives of those they love.

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Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
When Kathy Bates speaks, she is applauded not only as an Oscar winner and one of Hollywood's most sought-after performers but for what might be the most challenging and inspirational role of her career: cancer survivor. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012 - for which she underwent a double mastectomy - she is now in remission and more upbeat than ever!

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Scott Burton
Scott Burton
Scott Burton presents an upbeat, empowering and inspiring program on finding value and passion in life and on the job. He is a headlining comic and bestselling author who has worked with Seinfeld and Leno, written for prime-time television, and is a World-champion juggler. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with a high grade, stage four cancer. What Burton found in the battle was not loss, but life! He turned his fears into strength, his tragedy to comedy. This is not a talk about cancer - it's a talk about potential. Burton's high-energy and very entertaining program goes beyond the fear of cancer or struggle in life and calls for joy, laughter, and expression of self every day.

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Linda Ellerbee
Linda Ellerbee
(Topics: Substance Abuse; Cancer) Enlightening and entertaining audiences for more than 25 years, Linda Ellerbee is best known as the former anchor of the late-night news program "NBC News Overnight" who is now producer of the highly-acclaimed "Nick News" on Nickelodian. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Ellerbee underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy, and has since been telling her story of living with breast cancer. Using her trademark wit and wisdom, she describes the often amusing yet always heartfelt reactions of her friends, family and colleagues when they heard of her diagnosis. Her personal story of battling the disease is a source of inspiration and strength to many.

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Steve Ford
Steve Ford
The son of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Steve Ford has had a successful 20 year career as an actor in Hollywood. Offering an insider's view of life in the public eye, he shares how his family dealt with Betty Ford's bouts with alcoholism and breast cancer, as well as his own successful battle overcoming alcoholism. His program is described as a cross between The History Channel and The Book of Virtues, Ford continually focuses on the importance of character, integrity and right choices. His one-of-a-kind presentation inspires people to be open to change and transformation and addresses aspects of the person as a whole, including both career and family roles.

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Dr. Max Gomez
Dr. Max Gomez
Max Gomez, PhD., is a 9-time Emmy award winning medical correspondent with more than 32 years of experience. An expert moderator, speaker and emcee, Dr. Gomez is renowned for his clear, concise presentations of complex medical information to a wide range of audiences. Dr. Max is committed to helping the public understand and navigate the world of medicine and healthcare and science. A native of Havana, Cuba, Dr. Gomez speaks Spanish. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University, with a Ph.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. --

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Marion Grodin
Marion Grodin
(Topics: Substance Abuse, Cancer) As the daughter of Charles Grodin and one of the decade's hottest comics, Marion Grodin has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including "The View", MSNBC and CBS Radio, where she hosted a show for two years. But life had its highs and lows. At an early age, Marion was part of the drug scene and by 14 she was getting high every day and by college was completely addicted to alcohol and narcotics. This sent her on a downward spiral into profound mental illness. Add to her life a diagnosis of breast cancer. She believes that her "community" of friends, family and support groups were her lifeline. In her memoir, "Standing Up", she shares her life stories and how she now loves using humor even more to help others.

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Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
An Olympic Gold medalist, four-time World Champion, and four-time United States Champion, Scott Hamilton's amazing career has spanned more than two decades and has literally transformed modern figure skating. Several hurdles were thrown in his path, including a childhood spent in and out of hospitals with a disease that stunted his growth, the wrenching decision to leave home at age 13 to train with other Olympic hopefuls, the pain of watching his beloved mother die from breast cancer, and his own bout with testicular cancer. Motivated by the love and support of millions around the globe, Hamilton has become a hero in the best sense of the word.

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Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
An Emmy Award-winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, loves to make audiences laugh. Best known from "The Carol Burnett Show" and her six year run on "Mama's Family," loyal TV fans can still see her daily on reruns around the country. Ms. Lawrence decided that the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Lawrence is a strong advocate for women's health and hosts the annual "Walk for the Cure" in her hometown where all proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research at Long Beach Memorial Center. In addition she serves on the Board for Miller Children's hospital.

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Joan Lunden
Joan Lunden
Womens Health, Healthcare Philanthropy, Childrens Health. Joan Lunden was the longest-running co-host on early morning television, co-hosting "Good Morning America" for 17 years. Most recently the host of A&E's weekly series, "Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden," she is now host of the CBS primetime series "Wickedly Perfect," a competition searching for America's next great style maker. A bestselling author, Lunden has written four books, including Joan Lunden's Healthy Living and Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood. She is passionate about disseminating wellness information and inspiring people to take charge of their health and happiness, speaking to audiences across the country on a variety of topics, including women's health, children's nutrition, fertility and surrogacy, dealing with change, and the television media.

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Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller remains the Most Decorated Gymnast in American History. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame - Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008). In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. On the platform, she shares her own cancer journey and how she used lessons learned through her Olympic training to forge ahead in the midst of the most challenging obstacles. She speaks about the importance of caregivers and the incredible role they play.

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Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
Womens Health, Heart, Dental Health, Cancer. Known to millions as Clair Huxtable from "The Cosby Show", Rashad earned two Emmy award nominations and a People's Choice Award for "Favorite TV Female Performer". Most recently, she became the first black actress to win a TONY award for her role in " Raisin in the Sun." She has also appeared on Broadway in the musicals, "Dreamgirls,", "The Wiz," and "Into The Woods." She is vocal in the fight against diabetes and is dedicated to women's causes, including heart disease, domestic violence awareness and was a spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for her close friend who died of the disease. She was a recipient of Harvard University's Foundation Award.

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Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer
Broadcast journalism's most experienced Washington reporter, Bob Schieffer has been anchor and moderator of "Face The Nation," CBS News' Sunday public affairs broadcast, since May 1991. He also serves as CBS News' Chief Washington Correspondent and the current interim anchor of the "CBS Evening News." Covering Washington for CBS News for more than 30 years, Schieffer is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation's capital -- the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. Schieffer was recently treated for an aggressive form bladder cancer - a diagnosis made on his 66th birthday. Now cancer-free, Schieffer is committed to stressing the importance of early detection. "...I want to make sure people know that if they seek help early, it can be treated. You can't wish cancer away," he said.

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Paula Zahn
Paula Zahn
Formerly the host of FOX's "The Edge," Paula Zahn is currently the anchor for CNN's weeknight primetime evening program, "Paula Zahn Now." Based in the network's New York bureau, she also hosts "People in the News," CNN's feature-format program with People magazine. Zahn, who shares her story of the effect cancer had on her family, is the recipient of an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit Achievement Award, the Second Annual Cancer Awareness Award by the Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness, and a citation from New York's Beth Israel Medical Center for her contributions to the battle against breast cancer.

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  • Barbra Streisand is the latest celebrity to raise awareness of women and heart disease. It is the nation’s number 1 killer and has not gotten the attention that many other diseases, such as cancer have, she says. The fact is that a woman dies every minute from heart disease and it actually kills more women than all cancers combined.   Streisand, to her credit, has created an organization, Women’s Heart Alliance, which has initiated a study on how heart disease affects women. Because the symptoms appear differently in women than men, many women are unaware of their risks and also that they may have heart disease.
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  • How many times have we seen and heard about celebrities suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol and then relapsing after spending time in rehab – too many, I’m afraid. In his memoir just out, “I’ll Be Right Back After This”, Sportscaster and TV celebrity host, Pat O’Brien, tells of his numerous attempts to overcome his addictions.  O’Brien recently told People Magazine (Sept, 1, 2014) that he had hit bottom and almost died, and his last stint in rehab in 2008 taught him to be honest with himself. He is now six years sober and goes to twice-daily AA meetings. 
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  • Robin William’s death by suicide is just another sign that we need to address mental illness. Luckily more celebrities are stepping up and speaking out about mental health, including Meredith Baxter on substance abuse, LaDonna Gatlin on attempted suicide, John Larroquette on addiction, Susan Ford Bales on substance abuse and author Terri Cheney on Bipolar Disorder to name a few.

    The time has come for our society to realize that we have an epidemic.  There are more people than ever suffering from mental illness and the National Institute of Mental Health says that suicide now kills twice as many people as homicides. 
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  • In his latest NY Times Best seller, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork remarks on how little we appreciate the work our heart does for each of us. Every day it pumps about 100,000 times. Try squeezing your hand 100,000 (or 100 times!) and you’ll start to respect the amount of work your heart does every minute of every day.  Using about the amount of pressure it would take you to squeeze a tennis ball, the muscles in your heart push your entire blood volume – about 6 quarts total – throughout your body three times every minute.  Heart disease is more than a statistic in his ER world. 
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  • We are excited to announce Dr. Travis Stork’s newest book, The Doctor’s Diet – Restore Health & Lose Weight to be released on January 1, 2014.* Unhealthy eating is an epidemic and it very well may kill you! Finally, a flexible and workable diet plan is available that will help readers lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and add years to their lives.

    The Doctor’s Diet is Dr. Travis Stork’s solution to unhealthy eating — a nationwide problem that contributes to a death toll higher than that of car accidents, drug abuse, smoking, and gun violence combined. Dr. Travis is genuinely concerned about what he considers to be a true crisis, so he created a flexible and workable diet plan that will help readers feel instantly more energetic and healthier while the pounds come off – ultimately, giving people the tools they need to extend their lives and live them to the fullest potential.
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  • Dr. Travis Stork, ER Doc and co-host of the Emmy-award winning show,  THE DOCTORS shared life saving lessons with Prevention Magazine this month.

    On his first night as an attending physician, moonlighting in the ER of a rural southern hospital, Travis Stork, MD, got his first postgraduate lesson in life and death. “A father frantically ran into the ER carrying a young boy who was unresponsive and barely breathing,” recalls Dr. Stork, the Emmy-nominated cohost of the award-winning talk show The Doctors and the author of The Lean Belly Prescription. When the child’s breathing became more faint and his lips started turning blue, Dr.
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  • It’s another Saturday night in the E.R. The PA system barks a warning, announcing an auto accident with multiple injuries. I hear the sirens and know this is the “golden hour,” the critical 60 minutes that determine whether they will live or die.  Two ambulances arrive at the door and I have to determine immediately what’s wrong so what is one of the first vital signs I check?  How much they weigh.  C’mon Travis, you’re thinking, you don’t check vitals?  Well, sure, I’m looking at a lot of things simultaneously, but often one of the most important indicators of how well a patient will manage a health crisis is how much excess weight he or she is carrying. 
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  • Author Jane Heller, who has written 13 comic novels, has taken on the subject of caregiving, which she knows well. As caregiver to her husband, Michael, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, she has been able to find the humor in this subject and has written the nonfiction book, “You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits”. This topic is becoming more important and crucial as the baby boomers age and find themselves in the position of caregiver for a parent or spouse. Many are unaware of what faces them in this role and find out through experience what is entailed.
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