Two-time cancer survivor uses cannabis to reach the ultimate runner’s high
BOSTON, Mass. – March 30, 2022 – In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Ethan Zohn’s remission from battling CD 20+ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the Massachusetts native and Survivor Africa winner, who was a recent contestant on Survivor 40: Winners At War, will be celebrating this monumental anniversary by running the Boston Marathon for Team AKTIV Against Cancer on April 18, 2022 in partnership with Trulieve Cannabis and their in house everyday wellness brand, Momenta. It was announced last week that Ethan is Momenta’s new ambassador and the activation around the Boston Marathon is among the varying initiatives that Ethan will participate in over the course of this partnership.
“I’ve run marathons to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS, guided an elite blind runner while undergoing chemotherapy nine months after my second bone marrow transplant,” said Zohn, a former professional soccer player and social entrepreneur. “So, it makes perfect sense to run a marathon while medicating with Trulieve’s new wellness brand, Momenta and help raise awareness for the exercise oncology organization AKTIV Against Cancer, whose mission is to ensure physical activity becomes an integral part of cancer treatment. AKTIV Against Cancer has pledged $3.3 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to fund exercise oncology research via Dr. Lee Jones, PhD, as well as a grant to help MSK launch a virtual fitness program for patients with lung cancer to help them stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic before they start cancer treatment.
"Having Ethan run on our AKTIV Against Cancer team this year in Boston is really special for us, not just because this is his 10th anniversary of being cancer-free, but also because he is really living out the mission of our brand. He knows how important it is to be physically active - before, during, and after treatment, and he is a true ambassador for our cause. We wish him luck on Marathon Monday!" Helle Aanesen, Co-founder of AKTIV Against Cancer
Zohn is also running the Boston Marathon to raise awareness and educate consumers on the beneficial properties of medical cannabis. He will document the highs of his journey on social media including his training plan, diet, gear, technology and incorporating Momenta products in a docuseries called 26.2 Miles High on Life.
“Cannabis played a critical role in my physical and mental recovery. I’m proud to be an advocate for cannabis as it continues to become more mainstream and is an important part of everyday life for so many.”
“Trulieve is honored to partner with Ethan to promote its leading wellness and everyday brand Momenta,” said Valda Coryat, Chief Marketing Officer at Trulieve. “Ethan embodies so many positive qualities that make him a perfect match. As an active two-time cancer survivor and stem cell transplant recipient, Momenta has been able to reduce the inflammation in Ethan’s joints while elevating him so that he can focus on finishing the race strong.”
During the Boston Marathon in 2013, Zohn was pulled off the course at mile 24 due to the tragic terrorist bombing that shook Boston and the entire country. This year, he is excited to finish by taking a Momenta Sativa Capsule at the start of the race and again at the halfway mark. After the race he will apply the Momenta Infused THC Topical Pain Cream followed with a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio Tincture to aid recovery. The Momenta product line includes varieties of tinctures, capsules, RSO, topical muscle gels, and CBD:THC ratio products.
Continuing with Zohn’s charitable efforts, by participating in the 2022 Boston Marathon, he will be fundraising for the exercise oncology organization AKTIV Against Cancer.
“When I was battling my cancer, using cannabis helped me manage the harsh side effects of chemotherapy and the powerful cancer killing pills I was prescribed,” said Zohn. “A holistic cannabis wellness journey allows me to enjoy the natural powers of the plant by managing my anxiety, mental health and physical pain that comes with surviving cancer. Trulieve products relieved my debilitating symptoms like insomnia, nausea, anxiety, headaches and it increased my appetite and made me happy during this scary time in my life.”
For more information about Zohn, please visit www.EthanZohn.com, and for Trulieve, please visit www.Trulieve.com and for Momenta, please visit https://www.trulieve.com/brands/momenta. To find out more about AKTIV Against Cancer, please visit http://www.aktivagainstcancer.org, and to donate to Ethan's fundraising page, click here.