Matthew Zachary

CEO & Founder
Stupid Cancer

Matthew Zachary is a passionate serial entrepreneur who fights to ensure that young adults with cancer have the empowerment, decision-making abilities, and peer support he lacked when a 1996 diagnosis of terminal pediatric brain cancer disrupted his plans to become Hollywood’s next major film composer. He founded Stupid Cancer — the leader in young adult cancer advocacy, research, and support — with a mission to empower, support, and improve health outcomes for the young adult cancer community. 22 years later, Matthew is cancer-free and thriving. As one of today’s most influential healthcare disrupters, the social movement he created is derailing fundamental models of care, and overturning traditional public/private partnerships in order to mobilize oncology consumers once taken for granted by the healthcare system.

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