Danny Heinsohn

Danny Heinsohn learned he had a brain tumor the size of a racquetball upon graduating from the University of Nevada in May of 1999. After three craniotomies, he was conclusively diagnosed with primary central nervous system lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the brain with a median survival rate of 5 years. Twelve months of chemotherapy followed. Less than a year following his last treatment, Danny found resilience through road cycling.

To celebrate his 10th year of cancer remission in 2010, Danny started a scholarship fund for young adult cancer survivors. It’s called My Hometown Heroes which was inspired by those who supported him through the trying times. Danny also trained to compete in his first Ironman Triathlon that year and finished first in the state of Nevada and ranked among the top 30% of over 3000 competitors from 45 US States and over 50 countries.

There is something to be said about the grit and determination that a cancer diagnosis brings. Danny also works with the biggest names in sports and corporate brands through his career at Access Pass & Design. The New York Yankees, Under Armour, Baltimore Ravens, Red Bull, and Chicago Blackhawks are a few that come to mind.

Danny was recently presented the inaugural OM Foundation Award at the 2014 National Sports Forum. The award is presented to one person each year that makes a difference beyond their career in the sports industry. Finally, Danny published his first book, For A Reason, at the end of 2013 to share his story. With the right attitude and community support, anything is possible.