My Person of the Year 2009: Ethan Zohn
But this year?
The person of 2009 is Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor Africa and champion to the cause of HIV/AIDS. Before I ever met Ethan, he earned my utmost admiration by taking his reality-TV show winnings from Survivor and directing them at preventing HIV infections in Africa. The picture of health, Ethan was diagnosed with a rare form of Hodgkin’s Disease earlier this year. Right now he is in the midst of a month-long stay in a bubble in the hospital to give his body the ultimate chance of being cancer-free from here on out. His partner, Jenna Morasca, posted an update on December 17th on her blog, detailing their challenges and the good news they got after a dry spell of all things good news related.
Last year’s pick, The Miz, actually had his most awesome year yet in 2009 after getting my nod, so I felt like I’d send that good streak of fortune to Zohn. It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, but Ethan’s been extremely brave and open about his journey this year. Here’s to a healthier and happier 2010 for Mr. Zohn, my 2009 Person of the Year. (That shirt stands for “Ethan Zohn Fuck Cancer!”)
If you’d like to send a “Get Well Get Outta That Bubble Soon” card to Ethan,
you may do so by sending here:
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Attn: Ethan Zohn
1275 York Ave. NY NY 10065
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