'Survivor' winner Adam Klein talks winning strategies and lung cancer treatment

In 2016, Adam Klein was crowned the winner of CBS Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.  Within an hour of his homecoming from Fiji, his beloved mother Susie passed away from a short, but hard-fought battle with lung cancer.  As he promised, he donated $100,000 to lung cancer research and has raised an additional $300,000 to further the cause.  With this being National Women's Lung Health Week, he had a lot to say on this matter.

Klein had always been a fan of Survivor.  In fact, he planned to compete in an earlier season of the show with his mother, but sadly she received her diagnosis despite never having been a smoker and being a person who lived a healthy lifestyle.  Klein grew up in Burlingame, California and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations.  He resides in San Francisco and is the manager of a homeless shelter.

Here are a few facts about lung cancer:

  • Every eight minutes a woman loses her battle with lung cancer.
  • Only 18 percent of lung cancer cases among women are diagnosed early, when the disease is most treatable. Survival rates are five times higher when lung cancer is detected early.
  • While anyone can get lung cancer, smoking is the leading risk factor of the disease, along with radon, air pollution and secondhand smoke exposure.

Adam Klein spoke with TheCelebrityCafe.com about his interest in Survivor, dished on his relationships with other contestants, discussed challenges, what he likes to do for fun and he was joined by Addison Meth, NP, Senior Practice Manager, CVS Minute Clinic to talk about his role with American Lung Association’s "Lung Force," what it means to #LiveLikeSusie, what are some tips to early detection of Lung Cancer, what CVS is doing to help and more.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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