We recently added a new board member to the Gastric Cancer Fund. Hans Rueffert is an acclaimed chef, author, educator, television producer and gastric cancer survivor. Shortly after finishing third in the Next Food Network Star television series in 2005, Hans was diagnosed with stage-three stomach cancer. He lost most of his stomach and esophagus to the disease, but is currently four years cancer free. In addition to his time on the Food Network, Hans has hosted and produced several cooking shows throughout the south, most notably, Hans Cooks the World and Hans Cooks the South.
After his diagnosis, Hans published Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, a cookbook that included a collection of original recipes, photographs and narratives. In the book, he shares his gastric cancer story as well as thoughts on healthy eating, optimism and life. In addition, Hans mentors gastric patients through both the MD Anderson Network and Imerman Angels and teaches regularly at the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
We’re excited to have Hans on the board!