mjellefson

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Cancer finds us wherever we are in our lives. Cancer found Matt in the midst of a successful career and among a large, happy family. In the fall of 2009, Matt developed a cough that he couldn’t shake. He didn’t look sick. He didn’t feel sick. So he went on with his life without giving it much thought. Then one morning in December, Matt began coughing up blood. Within hours, Matt and his wife, Melissa, were told that he had late stage lung cancer. They were told that without treatment, he would have eight months to live. With treatment, he faced a five-year survival rate of less than five percent. Today, Matt is effectively controlling his cancer through his strong faith, a healthy lifestyle, and a genomic-based treatment strategy. Matt lives an active life that includes running and cycling competitions, endurance sports, speaking engagements, and exploring the world with his family. He serves as a spiritual mentor and national cancer advocate through his work with SURVIVEiT®, SURVIVEiT® Ministries, LUNGevity Foundation, Imerman Angels, PhRMA, Precision Medicine Network, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and LIVESTRONG. He has been featured on SiriusXM Doctor’s Radio, the Washington Post, US News & World Report, Forbes, Cancer Warrior Radio, the cover of BizNOW magazine, CURE magazine, and numerous PSA print, radio, and television broadcasts. Since his diagnosis, Matt has found strength in his faith and in his family. He has also found his mission with SURVIVEiT®. Matt has a dream of a world free from the fear of cancer. He is committed to using what he’s learned from his journey, as well as his 28-year career in engineering and business development, to develop a series of tools to help anyone affected by cancer. In July of 2013, Matt founded SURVIVEiT®, the world’s first and only non-profit cancer care rating resource. Developed by survivors for patients, SURVIVEiT® provides immediate access to a global community of survivors, doctors, experts, and allies who provide hope, knowledge, and resources crucial to surviving cancer. SURVIVEiT® is accessible free of charge from any online mobile device anywhere in the world. SURVIVEiT® was born out of the fear and frustration that Matt and his family experienced while they searched for a solution. They learned that cancer doesn’t slow down for us to find the best treatment options. It doesn’t wait for us to find our spiritual centers. Cancer finds us wherever we are in our lives. With SURVIVEiT®, we can meet cancer with a plan. We can be ready. We can be fearless.