Beating Cancer Like a Superhero
Cancer survivor Jason Mendelsohn delivers a heroic message as an HNCA Ambassador
Working with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), Mendelsohn is one of many program ambassadors who help HNCA raise awareness, connect patients with communities of care and resources, and educate medical professionals on the benefits of the HPV vaccine Gardisil-9 (which the FDA now indicates is an effective tool in the prevention of head and neck cancer, in addition to other cancers caused by HPV).
For Mendelsohn, his story of survival is not only remarkable – he went from making "goodbye" videos for his family to participating in a charity bike ride in just over a year – but an opportunity for him to inspire others. Assuming the character of "Superman HPV" at local events and via his own social media lead to a call from NBC and an appearance on the Nightly News with Lester Holt, as well as traveling abroad and testifying in front of Congress about the need for more awareness, prevention, and treatment resources to help patients not only survive, but thrive during and after treatment.
"I'm not Michael Douglas or Jim Kelly," says Mendelsohn, referring to two of the celebrities who are past spokespeople for HNCA, and themselves cancer survivors. "But HNCA was happy to work with me right away." Partnering with an organization that is patient-centered has made "Superman's"
Lori De Waal