Part I: D. Anthony Evans, Train 2 Live
D. Anthony Evans knows what it takes to face down life’s biggest challenges and beat them. A child of a single mom, he was born with Neurofibromatosis (NF) a rare genetic condition where dangerous tumors grow on nerve tissue. Often benign, they can become malignant, resulting in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNST), an aggressive form of cancer. In 2012, D. was diagnosed with MPNST. Nine life-or-death surgeries risking paralysis within eleven months followed as doctors removed 325 tumors, one of them over two pounds. D. was given six months to live. Survival rates are low, but there are those who survive. It has been over four years.
Part II: Garth Davis, Proteinaholic
Garth Davis, M.D., is the medical director of the Davis Clinic at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and starred on the hit TLC show Big Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Recently named a “Super Doc” by Texas Monthly, he has been featured in The Houston Chronicle and other outlets. Garth lives in Houston with his family. He is the author of Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession With Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It (HarperOne).