Ethan Zohn finishes in New York City marathon

Running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, former “Survivor” winner Ethan Zohn spotted his girlfriend of eight years, Jenna Morasca, cheering him on outside of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he has spent countless hours battling his Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“I jogged over to her and gave her a big giant hug. And there may have been some tears shed” – says Zohn, 37. Calling it “a really emotional moment,” Morasca adds – “It was just an overwhelming sense of pride on my side and for him, just a feeling of being supported. There were a lot of emotions packed into that one hug.”
That support carried Zohn through the last eight miles of the race, when he really began to feel the wear on his body.
“My quads were burning, my hamstrings felt like they were about to rip off” – he says. “But I knew with every step I was crushing little cancer cells on the road. I even wrote ‘f–k canzer’ on the bottom of my shoes. That’s what kept me going.”
Rounding each corner, Zohn was met by thunderous cheers from fans. “Literally it was like walking into a surprise party that was organized just for me. ‘Go Ethan! Keep running! Outrun cancer!’ It was really an incredible experience” – he says.
“Everyone in New York City came out to support so many people. Everything was happy, everything was positive, and you don’t see that that often.”
Zohn finished the race in 4:20:46, and Morasca was waiting for him at the finish line. “She was right there, by my side, as always” – says Zohn. “I gave her a big fat hug and a big sweaty kiss and it was worth every second of it.”
Morasca insists the moment was bigger than the both of them. “I was just so happy to see him. There’s nothing he could ever do that could make me feel like he’s any stronger because he’s already accomplished so much” – she says. “I never have any doubt that he’s going to overcome any obstacles he’s presented with.”

Ethan Zohn finishes in New York City marathon
Ethan Zohn.

Ethan Zohn completed the New York City Marathon on Sunday, just one week after revealing that his cancer had returned.
“I’m so sore…but it was worth it. Take THAT [cancer]” – Zohn tweeted.
The “Survivor” winner ran the marathon in four hours and 20 minutes. “I’m still so pumped up from yesterday that I cant sleep….or walk…and I love every second of it” – he said on Twitter.
The reality star described the run to People, saying: “It was like walking into a surprise party that was organized just for me. ‘Go Ethan! Keep running! Outrun cancer!’ It was really an incredible experience.”
Zohn was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the next three months, then will receive a stem-cell transplant.
“Finishing the marathon gave me more confidence and strength. It really felt like all of New York was cheering for me today. And I am going to get through this” – Zohn told People.

Despite announcing the news earlier this week that his cancer returned, former ‘Survivor’ contestant Ethan Zohn ran and finished the New York City marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6.
“26,2 in the bag. NYC marathon finished. Lots of rest. Lots of Muscle Milk. Hopefully can walk tomorrow” – Zohn, 37, Tweeted, adding that he finished the race in four hours and 20 minutes. “Everyone who was supporting me and GRS gave me the strength to finish! THANK YOU.”
He ran the marathon to raise money for Grassroot Soccer, an organization he co-founded, whose goal is to “mobilize the global soccer community to combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa.”
The former reality star, who won ‘Survivor: Africa,’ found out on Sep. 14 that his cancer had returned. Zohn, who is often considered one of the most-liked ‘Survivor’ contestants, was in his 20th month of remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he heard the news.
“I don’t want fear or cancer to define me, but it’s always in the back of your mind” – Zohn told People magazine in a recent interview. “It’s localized in my lung area… But it’s good that it’s not all over my body.”
The former reality star has begun treatment for the cancer, using a new form of chemotherapy called SGN-35, which specifically targets cancer cells. After three months of chemotherapy treatment, Zohn told People that he will undergo another stem-cell transplant from one of his brothers.
“But the doctors won’t tell me which one. They didn’t want me to start treating one differently than the other” – Zohn told People magazine recently. “Of course my whole family is taking bets on who it is.”
Zohn rose to fame after appearing on ‘Survivor: Africa,’ the third season of the reality series. He also appeared on the All-Stars edition of the show. After winning 1 million dollars on the series, the Massachusetts native started Grassroot Soccer.

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