Speaker Spotlight – Need a Keynote Speaker for Cancer Survivors Day? We’ve Got You Covered

Looking for a Speaker for Your National Cancer Survivors Day®event? The NCSD Speakers Bureau Roster has everything you need to find the right person.

Yes, we are celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day® 2021 on Sunday, June 6! 

This year, because of COVID-19, many organizations are opting for virtual or hybrid events to commemorate NCSD and celebrate cancer survivors. If you want your NCSD 2021 event to be a success, you need to create the same level of engagement and value as you would with a traditional in-person NCSD event. 

A great keynote speaker may be just what you need to add some oomph to your NCSD celebration. Luckily for you, the NCSD Speakers Bureau Roster includes contact information for nearly 300 motivational and keynote speakers, celebrities, and medical professionals who are available for in-person and virtual NCSD events. 

Register your event now at ncsd.org/register to unlock access to the NCSD Speakers Bureau Roster, as well as other exclusive resources and materials.

Speaker Spotlight

We’ve highlighted four speakers below out of the almost 300 that are included in our Roster.

Mack Dryden

Hilarious and inspiring, this two-time cancer survivor/comedian rocks the house and gets raves whenever he speaks: “Mack was absolutely wonderful! Clear, funny, a great message for cancer survivors!” (Blumenthal Center). “Our group loved him!” (Parrish Medical Center). “Fabulous! Next day I got more calls raving about the program than I ever have!” (Torrance Memorial). “Entertaining, knowledgeable, an excellent fit for our audience!” (Mary Babb Randolph Center). “Terrific speaker … enlightening, humorous, relevant … and a pleasure to work with!” (Carle Clinic). You can learn more about Mack at MackDryden.com.


Eva Grayzel

Eva gives survivorship a voice, validates feelings and articulates wisdom for moving forward. A story of survival, turning what could have been a tragic end, into a powerful new beginning. Audiences explore the intersection of hope, healing and giving back, while experiencing compelling tales of facing death and living on to change the lives of countless others. Silence was not an option. Committed to raising awareness, Six-Step Screening was born as her obligation to be a part of the revolution, awakening healthcare providers to the urgency of detecting oral cancer in the early stages and educating the general public. You can learn more about Eva at EvaGrayzel.com.


Melanie A. Nix

Melanie A. Nix, mutated BRCA1 gene carrier and triple negative breast cancer survivor by the age of 38, is a transformational speaker and resilience coach. A host of a 2020 National Cancer Survivors Day® virtual celebration, “Planting Seeds for Today and Tomorrow,” Melanie has been a keynote speaker at numerous events for survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals. A married mother of two, she is a fifth-generation breast cancer patient. She blends wit, sensitivity, and candor into her uplifting messages. Melanie holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. You can learn more about Melanie at DiagnosisToDestiny.com.


Diane M. Simard

Diane M. Simard, an inaugural Top 100 National Women in Business to Watch, is a six-year survivor of late stage III breast cancer. She is an aerospace executive, author of The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer (named one of the “Best Breast Cancer Books of All Time by BookAuthority), and founder of the Center for Oncology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver. COPE was the country’s first specialty to offer graduate-level psycho-oncology training. She is replicating COPE in her home state of Nebraska and pursuing legislation to make individualized psychosocial support a standard treatment for any Coloradoan diagnosed with cancer. You can learn more about Diane at DianeMSimard.com.

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