Matt J. Ellefson
SURVIVEiT® - Founder & CEO
Sioux Falls, SD
Cancer finds us wherever we are in our lives. It doesn’t slow down for us to find the best treatment options. It doesn’t wait for us to find our spiritual centers. Cancer finds us wherever we are in our lives.
Cancer found Matt in the midst of a successful career and among a large, happy family. Born out of the fear and frustration that Matt and his family experienced while they searched for a solution to his grim diagnosis, Matt founded SURVIVEiT®, the world’s first and only non-profit cancer care rating resource. SURVIVEiT® provides cancer patients with the combined knowledge and experience of a global community of survivors, doctors, and allies.
Today, Matt is effectively controlling his cancer in a clinical trial with brigatinib, a targeted ALK+ inhibitor. He lives an active life that includes running and cycling competitions, endurance sports, speaking engagements, and exploring the world with his family. He serves as a spiritual mentor and national cancer advocate through his work with SURVIVEiT®, Celebrate Community Church, PhRMA, Pfizer, Genentech, LUNGevity Foundation, Imerman Angels, American Lung Association, American Association for Cancer Research, and LIVESTRONG. He has been featured on SiriusXM Doctor’s Radio, the Washington Post, US News & World Report, Cancer Warrior Radio, the cover of BizNOW magazine, CURE magazine, and numerous PSA print, radio, and television broadcasts. Matt also serves on the oncology IRB at the Avera Cancer Institute.