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Presenter: David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, University of Pennsylvania

When a 20-something medical-school student starts experiencing overwhelming fatigue and organ failure out of nowhere, it’s no ordinary case. But, then, what do you do when doctors tell you they have no approved treatment for your condition? And when you’re read your last rites? That’s what Fajgenbaum, a former Georgetown quarterback, was faced with—five times.

Nicknamed “The Beast” for his strength and stamina, Fajgenbaum’s body was ravaged by an illness, Castleman Disease, that made him unrecognizable; he then dedicated his life and career to finding innovative treatments for mysterious conditions: all while fighting one firsthand. His story of harnessing relentless hope and putting it into action is remarkably compelling, universal, and powerful.

Fajgenbaum, a groundbreaking physician-scientist and disease hunter—named to the healthcare sector of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list (which highlights young entrepreneurs) in 2015—he is also a speaker, and author of the national best-selling memoir, Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action. His brand of innovation and determination are inspirational: warm and engaging, he explores how we’re all living in overtime and shares what we can do about it.

Fajgenbaum has offered to autograph bookplates for newly purchased copies of Chasing My Cure. Order yours on our Museum Shop website: the package will be sent to you or prepared for curbside or in-store pickup—while supplies last!


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