Benjamin Rubenstein

Washington, DC

Diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma--aggressive bone cancer--when he was 16, Benjamin Rubenstein combated the disease in a unique way: by creating the delusion that he was superhuman. Instead of seeking support groups, he turned to humor; instead of fearing death, he gained a perspective on life. Just over a year after surviving Ewing's, Rubenstein was diagnosed with myelodysplasia--pre-leukemia--which was caused by the chemo that treated his Ewing's. With his invisible superhero cape, Rubenstein survived two different cancers before turning 21.

Rubenstein's memoir, Twice, published in October 2010 by Woodley Books. Rubenstein is also the author of cancerslayerblog and frequently contributes to The Huffington Post.

Rubenstein enjoys sharing his story about survival, positive attitude, setting and reaching goals, and healthy survivorship. His audience has included high schools and universities, hospitals and conferences, and health and professional organizations.

To discuss potential articles for your site or publication, contact me directly. To inquire about booking me for speaking, contact Jonathan: jrubenst(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Education
    • University of Virginia