11:31 PM EDT 07/31/2015
Originally posted 01/19/2012 08:00PM
Battling a relapse of Hodgkin's lymphoma, former Survivor winner Ethan Zohn had just finished round three of the new chemo drug SGN-35 when he got some welcome news from his doctor.
"I'm responding very well to the drug," he tells PEOPLE. "My tumors are reducing. It's not a 100-percent reduction, but my doctor gave me an A-minus so I'll take it."
Zohn, who learned in September that the cancer had returned to his chest, hasn't let his treatment slow him down.
Originally posted 11/07/2011 09:15AM
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."
Originally posted 11/06/2011 04:20PM
A Survivor winner, Amazing Race-r and now two-time New York City Marathon finisher.
Ethan Zohn completed the grueling 26-mile run in four hours and 20 minutes, just a week after revealing the return of his Hodgkin's lymphoma. His time last year was four hours, 16 minutes and he told PEOPLE that finishing this time would be a "very big deal."
He's currently "resting, but feeling good," he Tweeted.
Congrats – to him and all the other runners!
Originally posted 11/05/2011 07:20PM
He completed the New York City Marathon last year. And former Survivor winner Ethan Zohn will run it again Sunday – less than a week after sharing news his cancer had returned.
Zohn, 37, began training for this year's race immediately after he and girlfriend of eight years, Jenna Morasca, were eliminated on The Amazing Race. "There was literally nothing to do where we were hanging out," he tells PEOPLE. "So I went jogging every day."
And when his doctors told him in September that his Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned, he had "no hesitation whatsoever that I would still run in the marathon," he says. "But a lot of other people did."
Zohn's new "smart chemotherapy" SGN-35, which only targets the cancerous cells, allowed him to continue his training. "If I was on the other type of chemo, I wouldn't be able to run," he says. "This drug came out while I was in remission. Everyone who is running has a cause and I'm living proof that it works."
Originally posted 11/03/2011 11:05AM
When former Survivor winner Jenna Morasca heard the news that boyfriend Ethan Zohn's Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned, she was surprised by her emotions.
"The first time, as devastating and crazy and horrible as it was, I was like, 'Fine, we're going to beat this,' " Morasca, 30, tells PEOPLE.
"This time was a lot more devastating for me because we'd already been through so much. We really had moved on with our life and we had a lot of stuff we wanted to do that didn't involve cancer – I didn't think we'd have to do this again."
Originally posted 11/02/2011 06:30PM
When former Survivor winner Ethan Zohn first learned that his Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned, "I was just angry," he tells PEOPLE. "I was scared that I was going to die."
"I felt like defeated almost because I was back in action," Zohn continues.
Zohn and girlfriend of eight years, Jenna Morasca, who also won Survivor, had recently competed on The Amazing Race and we were working on their own TV show, Everyday Health, as well as book deals.
"My life was going like how I envisioned it," he says.
Originally posted 11/02/2011 12:30PM
Even as he was enjoying his 20th month of remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma, Ethan Zohn worried about a relapse.
"I don't want fear or cancer to define me, but it's always in the back of your mind," the former Survivor winner tells PEOPLE in a new interview.
His fears were confirmed on Sept. 14, when doctors told him the cancer had returned in his chest.
"It's localized in my lung area," Zohn, 37, says. "But it's good that it's not all over my body."
Originally posted 10/04/2011 12:15PM
Both Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca have won the title of sole Survivor, but another $1 million prize eluded the couple when they were eliminated Sunday from The Amazing Race.
Zohn and Morasca, who have been dating for eight years, decided to attempt the challenge of racing around the world after Zohn successfully battled cancer. But after misinterpreting a clue on the second leg of the race, the couple were eliminated in the show's first-ever double elimination.
Now in Los Angeles filming their new show Everyday Health, Zohn and Morasca spoke with PEOPLE about traveling around the world together and explained the costly blunder that caused their demise.
Before the Race you both mentioned that having won Survivor could work against you. Did it?
Jenna: I thought it would more than Ethan did because I tend to be more evil when it comes to planning game stuff like that. I though, "They're going to use it against us." But it wasn't as big of a deal as I made it out to seem. It's not like Survivor.
Ethan: When you're racing, you're just with your partner against the elements. It's not like teams can gang up on you and create an alliance and force you out in any way. Everyone is doing their own thing.
Originally posted 09/03/2011 07:00PM
Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca have been through a lot in the eight years they've been together, including his battle against Hodgkin's disease and the death of her mother to cancer.
Now the Survivor champs (he's the winner of Survivor: Africa and she won in the Amazon) just want to escape from the day-to-day – and possibly take the next step in their relationship.
Zohn, 37, and Morasca, 30, will compete against 10 other teams on the fall season of The Amazing Race, which premieres Sept. 25 on CBS, and it just might be right time for the couple to become engaged.
"He says that if he feels so moved on the Race that it's possible," Morasca says of a proposal. "It is definitely something that we think about!"
Originally posted 11/07/2010 07:00AM
There will be plenty of recognizable runners in the crowd at the New York City Marathon on Sunday.
Al Roker, cancer survivor Ethan Zohn, Chilean miner Edison Peña, Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers, Anthony Edwards, Ryan Sutter and Veronica Webb are among this year's celebrity participants.
"Almost everybody's bucket list includes running the ING New York City Marathon," Roker said in a statement. "Just the though of being able to start this race gives me goose bumps. As does the fear that the weather might turn ugly."
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