Ethan Zohn’s cancer has returned, and he’s running the New York City marathon

Survivor Africa winner and The Amazing Race 19 contestant Ethan Zohn’s cancer has returned after going into remission in 2010.

That was discovered Sept. 14. “It’s localized in my lung area. But it’s good that it’s not all over my body,” he told People. He was first diagnosed in May 2009 with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Last month, Ethan started a new kind of chemotherapy that will target only cancerous cells. Later, he’ll have another stem cell transplant, like he did in 2009.

“I don’t want fear or cancer to define me, but it’s always in the back of your mind,” he said, adding that Jenna Morasca, his girlfriend, is “taking it like the rock star that she is. We’re both filled with fear and anger and anxiety and gratitude and frustration. But there’s so much love there. It’s this whole spectrum of emotions.” He also wrote on Twitter, “I have taken all the fear instilled by this disease & transformed it into something fear itself should be afraid of.”

Ethan ran the New York City marathon cancer-free last year, and will run it again this Sunday. He told the magazine, “The doctors think I’m crazy but they gave me the okay. Cancer isn’t going to slow me down. I want people to know that you can still live a fulfilled life and move forward.”

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