The Dream Team Against Cancer

This is the original group of elite athletes who recognized the value in this project from the very beginning. Their support and personal stories have turned this effort into a reality! Below is a sneak peak at this impressive team, check back soon for more about their individual, inspirational stories and the work they are involved in!

Chaunte Lowe

Sport: Track and Field – High Jump

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer

Four-time Olympian, 2008 Bronze Medalist, American record holder

Mark Herzlich

Sport: Football

Diagnosis: Ewings Sarcoma

Boston College and NY Giants Linebacker, Super Bowl Champion

Kikkan Randall

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer

Five-time Olympian, 2018 Gold Medalist, US National Champion x 17

Rob Long

Sport: Football

Diagnosis: Brain Cancer

Former Syracuse Punter, now Executive Director of Uplifting Athletes

Edna Campbell

Sport: Basketball

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer

WNBA player x 7 years, 1998 Olympic Gold Medal

Jacob Gibb

Sport: Volleyball

Diagnosis: Testicular Cancer

AVP Pro beach volleyball player. Three-time Olympian

Jessica Breland

Sport: Basketball

Diagnosis: Hodgkins Lymphoma

UNC Tarheel, WNBA All-Star

Samuel Grewe

Sport: Track and Field – High Jump

Diagnosis: Osteosarcoma

World Championship Gold x 3, 2016 Silver Medalist at Paralympian Games

Jenn Hanks

Sport: Mountain Biking

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer x 2

Competes in multiday stage races, such as the seven-day TransRockies Challenge in Canada and the TransAlp in Europe

Joshua Paschal

Sport: Football

Diagnosis: Malignant Melanoma

University of Kentucky Linebacker

Niki Nolte

Sport: Swimming and Diving

Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Penn State University Swimming and Diving

Casey O’Brien

Sport: Football

Diagnosis: Osteosarcoma

University of Minnesota University Kicker

Kyla Nelson

Sport: Basketball

Diagnosis: Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Appendix

Florida International University Guard (transfer from the University of Pittsburgh)

Merril Hoge

Sport: Football

Diagnosis: Hodgkins Lymphoma

Former NFL Running Back (Pittsburgh, Chicago) and ESPN Analyst

Tiana Mangakahia

Sport: Basketball

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer

Syracuse Orange Point Guard; Naismith Award Nominee

Joshua Bidwell

Sport: Football

Diagnosis: Testicular Cancer

Former NFL Punter (12 years!): Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Washington

Jamie Whitmore

Sport: Paracycling

Diagnosis: Spindle Cell Sarcoma

XTERRA Triathlete World Champion, Paralympian Gold Medalist

We would also like to thank some honorary team members who volunteered their time and experience to get us started on the right track:

Adam Fraser : Executive Director of Laureus – Sport For Good

Greg Skewis : artist and designer who developed our logo

Harrie Bakst, Anne Cognetti and the team at WCPG

Helle Aaenesen and the team with AKTIV Against Cancer


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