2020 OHANCAW® Spokesperson

Rob Paulsen

Voice Actor and Throat Cancer Survivor

Meet our 2020 Spokesperson! Maybe you don’t know Rob Paulsen, but you’ve heard him. A lot. You know him from Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, and most of the other animated projects that Paulsen has been part of as a voice actor for nearly three decades. As a throat cancer survivor, Rob is now using his famous voice for a good cause–raising awareness of head and neck cancer and promoting the importance of early detection and prevention.

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Voice Actor and OHANCAW® spokesperson, Rob Paulsen, made a guest appearance on Larry King Now to discuss his book Voice Lessons: How a Couple of Ninja Turtles, Pinky, and an Animaniac Saved My Life and what he learned about empathy after battling stage 3 throat cancer with guest host, Dennis Miller.

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Voice Actor and OHANCAW® spokesperson, Rob Paulsen, was interviewed on AfterBuzzTV Mini Spotlight to talk about his career, journey with cancer and his new book.

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2019 OHANCAW® Spokesperson

Rikki Rockett

Founder and Drummer of Poison and HPV-attributed Oropharyngeal Cancer Survivor

When Poison drummer and OHANCAW® spokesperson Rikki Rockett had a persistent sore throat and a swollen lymph node, he knew something was wrong.

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Head and Neck Cancer Survivors


Tongue Cancer Survivor

Thanks to immunotherapy, Valerie was able to roll with the punches and beat cancer.


Tongue Cancer Survivor

Ryan shares his journey as a young, oral cancer patient. As a survivor, he appreciates the good times and a new perspective on life.


HPV-related Oral Cancer Survivor

To beat cancer, Julia relied on proven treatments, a healthy dose of positivity, and taking the time to appreciate the small things in life.


Tongue Cancer Survivor

Before he was diagnosed with tongue cancer, he had a history of colon and prostate cancer. Jim turned to immunotherapy to beat cancer and get back to the life he loves.


Mucoepidermoid Cancer Survivor

When getting well becomes a full-time job, a dedicated caregiver and family support system become crucial to recovery. The Beasleys share the story of how they worked together to get to their new normal.

Dr. Brook

Throat Cancer Survivor

Dr. Itzhak Brook of Georgetown University Hospital who had to deal with a life-altering illness. And what he has learned goes way beyond any medical school textbook.

Robert Jones

Laryngeal Cancer Survivor

Robert Jones’ story was featured at LSU Health Shreveport’s ‘An Evening for Healers.’

Head and Neck Cancer

Diagnosis & Treatment

Prosthetic Miracle

Solving the MultiModal Puzzle of Head and Neck Cancer in the Immunotherapy Era

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Public Awareness

Survivor of HPV-related cancer urges parents to protect children through vaccine

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IU teams up with national organizations for first-ever HPV Awareness Week

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HPV & Cancer

Jason Mendelsohn shared his in-depth experience when he was diagnosed and received treatment for stage IV HPV-attributed tonsil cancer.

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Cure Connections: Through the Eyes of a Head and Neck Cancer Patient

HNCA board members, Meryl Kaufman, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BRS-S, and Itzhak Brook, M.D., M.Sc., discuss the prevalence of cancers of the head and neck, emphasizing the potential risk factors and importance of prevention. Video series provided by Cure Today.

Eating Well with Cancer Recipes

A healthy diet is an important part of a cancer patient’s journey before, during, and after treatment. Eating healthy can help prevent weight loss, lack of appetite, and other side effects of head and neck cancer treatment. It can also help you feel better and respond better to your cancer treatment. These recipes are provided by the Cancer Support Community.

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“I was able to do this through prayer, stubbornness, and humor. It all really helped keep my attitude positive and my head in the right frame of mind,” explained Gary. “Look, cancer sucks. It’s scary, but it can be beaten. Ninety percent of what it takes to beat it is in one’s mind.”Gary Lazarz
Survivor of Stage II HPV-Attributed Throat Cancer

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