Shanteau to speak at Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon

Eric Shanteau— 2008 Olympic swimmer, 11-time All-American and U.S. National Champion — will be the keynote speaker at CanCare's 18th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon on May 22 at The Westin Galleria Hotel, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Shanteau’s ride to the 2008 Olympics certainly had its ups and downs. First, his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. Following this heart-breaking news, he went on to swim the fastest 50-meter breaststroke split in the history of the 200 IM. After this record-breaking event, he was suddenly diagnosed with testicular cancer. Despite the turmoil in his life, Shanteau was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in the 200m Breaststroke.

Through it all, the one thing that was not difficult for Shanteau was his decision to go public with his illness. The tremendous amount of support he received from his friends, family, complete strangers and other cancer survivors gave him the courage he needed to fight for both his health, and for his Olympic dream.

Shanteau is now in remission and is an avid speaker for cancer awareness. As an Olympic athlete, cancer survivor, role model and spokesperson for testicular cancer, he has fought hard to beat the odds. He remains an inspiration to audiences the world over. He is currently training in southern California with the goal of medaling in the 2012 London Games, cancer-free. 

Event Co-Chairs are Emily Prus and Renee Renfroe. For more information and tickets, please call 713-461-0028 or visit www.cancare.org.

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