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Healthcare Fundraising Speakers, Celebrities and Entertainers
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Brit Hume
Brit Hume
One of America's most respected TV journalists and two-time winner of the "Best in the Business" by the American Journalism Review, Brit Hume is a Fox News senior political analyst. His deep insights on Congress, The White House and issues affecting the nation have earned him bi-partisan respect during his career.

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Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(Topics: Substance Abuse; Family Depression, Domestic Violence) With an illustrious career encompassing stage, film, and television, Ellen Burstyn won the Tony Award as "Best Actress" for her starring role in "Same Time, Next Year," but it was her Academy Award-winning performance in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" for which Burstyn is best known. Lecturing throughout the country on a wide range of topics, Burstyn is especially committed to women's health issues and domestic violence awareness. She also shares her personal story of overcoming substance abuse and dealing with a family member who suffered from depression.

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Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper
(Topics: Mental Health Advocate; Suicide) Anderson Cooper 360, a fast-paced weeknight news program, affords Anderson the platform to address the issues facing Americans today. He's faced quite a few himself. Born into a family of wealth and fame, watching his father die during open heart surgery after a series of heart attacks, and living through the tragedy of losing his older brother to suicide brought Anderson to a better understanding of loss and survival. He chronicled his stories in his best-seller Dispatches from the Edge.

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Steve Garvey
Steve Garvey
As one of the most successful Major League Baseball players of all time, Steve Garvey is the reigning National League "Iron Man", fifteen years following his retirement from baseball. Garvey, the man who once played in 1,207 consecutive baseball games, now utilizes that same drive and leadership to motivate audiences around the world to become the best and most successful people or corporations they can become. Steve Garvey's playing field has changed from the baseball diamond to corporate boardrooms and lecture halls, but the integrity, intensity and the devotion for which this future Hall of Famer is famous for is the same.

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LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the legendary country music group, The Gatlin Brothers, grew up on stage, ultimately choosing to follow her heart and "sing a different song" apart from her brothers. Through the years, her journeys have included supporting her husband as he continues to survive a cancer diagnosis; encouraging her father as he battles heart disease; wrestling with Alzheimer's as it touches her loved ones; and watching diabetes and it's raging affect on the lives of children close to her. LaDonna has that unique ability to combine a strong message on a variety of healthcare topics with her show-stopping music making her an instant hit with audiences all across America.

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David Glickman
David Glickman
By putting the "med" in comedy and the comedy in medicine, David Glickman offers a hilarious program of jokes, songs, and props designed to positively address the situations and frustrations that the typical healthcare professional deals with in his or her job. You've never seen a funnier way of looking at medical technology, patient relations, managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, medical specialists, healthcare bureaucracy, a patient bill of rights, JCAHO, HIPAA, and much, much more. It's non-offensive, non-invasive humor that's always clean and always clever. When Glickman presents "Dose of Healthcare Humor," he will do whatever it takes to ensure that your entire event is an amazing success!

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Naomi Judd
Naomi Judd
(Topics: Mental Health/Depression; Domestic Violence, Hepatitus C) Wiith a down-to-earth style that appeals to people of all ages, Naomi Judd draws from her own life experiences to address her audiences. She offers a unique perspective as a single mother, victim of domestic violence, skilled registered nurse, highly successful singer/songwriter, actress, author, and television and radio personality. Her recent memoir, "River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope" is an inspiring story for others who are struggling with mental health issues. Judd also has also helped raise awareness of Hepatitus C Virus. Always the entertainer, Judd incorporates wit and wisdom into her speeches and speaks her mind with words that come from her heart.

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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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Deborah Norville
Deborah Norville
Topics:Womens Health, Healthcare Philanthropy, Alzheimers, Arthritis. As anchor of the top-rated syndicated newsmagazine "Inside Edition" since 1995, Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy Award winner. Also an active volunteer, she has served as Director of the Greater New York City Council of Girl Scouts since 1989 and is on the Steering Committee for the Alzheimer's Association's Rita Hayworth Gala, a cause particularly close to Norville's heart, as her grandmother suffered from the disease. She also works with a national program to raise awareness of the need for early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, which her mother battled. Norville is the author of two children's books, as well as the semi-autobiographical Back On Track: How To Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve, a self-help work directed at women who have experienced a crisis and are suffering from depression as a result.

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Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Dr. Oz, two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning "The Dr. Oz Show," is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

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Seth Siegel
Seth Siegel
Seth M. Siegel is a leading expert on water conversation and distribution, a businessman, activist and writer. Siegel has co-founded numerous companies including Beanstalk, Sixpoint Partners and Vringo. He has also produced on both Broadway and television, and has served as branding agent for many celebrities.

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Art Ulene, MD
Art Ulene, MD
Since 1975, Dr. Art Ulene has spearheaded the use of media and technology to promote public health. He appeared regularly on NBC's "TODAY Show" for 23 years, and led several nationwide health campaigns in collaboration with the American Medical Association. In 2010, Ulene founded BUCKAPOUND.com, a unique web-based weight loss program for the worksite, and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. Ulene takes healthy aging to new heights, inspired by his own 75th birthday celebration at the 19,340 foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. His direct style inspires and challenges audiences to action. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors for the USC Davis School of Gerontology, and the Advisory Board for the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University.

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Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen
A Legend of the stage and screen, Ben Vereen is best known for his iconic role as Chicken George in the ground breaking television miniseries, Roots. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse's Pippin, Ben has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty, with starring roles in such Broadway productions as Wicked,Chicago,Jesus Christ Superstar,Hair,Jelly's Last Jam, and I'm not Rappaport. He is currently touring his one man show, An Evening with Ben Vereen,throughout the US and Europe.

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Bill Walton
Bill Walton
A basketball superstar and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Bill Walton made sports history playing for UCLA when he led the team to two NCAA championships and a record 88-game winning streak. He inspires audiences with tales from his improbable life and career as he talks about his legendary coaches and shares their leadership secrets. The most-injured player in NBA history, Walton was forced to quit the game he loved. He decided to pursue broadcasting, but first had to overcome the lifelong stutter that afflicted him. A catastrophic spinal collapse represented the toughest challenge of Walton's life. His 37th surgery put him back together but it was a rocky road that led to his triumphant recovery.

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Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
Throughout her performing career, Vanessa Williams has maintained a reputation as one of the most respected and multi-faceted entertainers in the world. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures, and has sold over four million albums worldwide. She is also a champion for the cause of educating women on the prevention of heart disease, which has been a part of Williams' family.

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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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