LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Keynote inspirational speaker, three-time cancer conqueror Matt Jones, survivor of a bone marrow transplant, who had to relearn how to walk, completes his sixth and seventh marathon on his sixth and seventh continent in one week. Matt completed the White Continent Marathon in Antarctica on January 26, 2016. Three days later he completed his seventh marathon on his seventh continent in Punta Arenas, Chile.
On September 11, 2002, at the age of twenty-three, Matt Jones heard three words you never want to hear. "You have cancer." He would be diagnosed with leukemia. Seven months after going into remission the leukemia came back. At this time his doctor told him that he would need a bone marrow transplant. Matt went back into remission a second time but while waiting for a bone marrow donor he would relapse. This time the cancer spread to the cerebral spinal fluid in his brain.
On Valentine's Day 2004, Matt would slip into an unconscious state and doctors did not think he would live. Against all odds he recovered, had to relearn how to walk, and went through a bone marrow transplant.
"You need to develop a marathon mentality to deal with the realities of fighting cancer and running a marathon," said Jones. "When I had to relearn how to walk, my dad told me, 'Son you can do it, one step at a time.' That's when I realized you need to become a 'Solutionist,' someone who is solution oriented and not problem focused when dealing with adversity."
Matt has taken his experiences of conquering cancer three times, going through a bone marrow transplant, and completing seven marathons on seven continents to become a top keynote speaker. He fires up, pumps up, and inspires audiences to overcome obstacles and achieve greater victory in business, life, and leadership. You can find more information about him at www.MatthewDJones.com.
"I help develop your marathon mindset to overcome limiting beliefs so you can cross the finish line and achieve greater victory," said Jones. His talk is ideal for healthcare associations, sales groups, leaders and executives, management teams and leadership retreats.
"My talk is designed to fire up and pump up your audience to take action. When it comes to achieving greater victory, it's not the outside stuff that matters, but the inside stuff that counts," he said. "Success, like a marathon, is an endurance event."
"His story was a great fit for the nearly 2,000 attendees. He empowered, encouraged, and inspired the audience. After hearing Matt speak the attendees were energized and fired up," said Reed Pew, CEO of the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Leaders can use the strategies and lesson Matt shares to overcome challenges they face and achieve greater success. This talk is high energy, upbeat, and humorous. He works with meeting planners to tailor the talk for the audience and ensures it is relevant to their challenges and objectives. This talk is ideal for opening and closing keynotes.
After hearing Matt speak, audiences will walk away energized, have practical action steps they can apply immediately and have a renewed passion for business, life, and leadership.
- You can't be a great leader until you are a great person.
- You have to lead yourself before you lead others.
- Character is forged through the fires of adversity.
Hospital administrators, medical offices, health information management, medical staff services, human resource professionals, real estate professionals, nurses, meeting planners, and executives can see Matt in action by watching a video at http://www.youtube.com/user/CancerConqueror.
To hire Matt Jones as a keynote speaker, consultant or coach, go to http://www.MatthewDJones.com.
Matt Jones' Seven Marathons Completed on Seven Continents
2006-San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (North America)
2010-Rome Marathon (Europe)
2012-Tokyo Marathon (Asia)
2013-Perth City to Surf Marathon (Australia)
2014-Cape Town Marathon (Africa)
2016-White Continent Marathon (Antarctica)
2016-Punta Arenas, Chile Marathon (South America)
About Matt Jones
Matt Jones is committed to delivering strategies to help organization thrive in the midst of adversity and excel to new heights of performance. Matt's story has been featured in international magazines and TV shows. He holds a BA in Communication, MLS in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in organizational leadership, and is pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership.
Matt is also the author of eight books including his brand new one, "Life's a Marathon: 3 Unique Choices You Can Use to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Greater Victory in Your Business, Leadership & Life."
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SOURCE Matthew D. Jones