Patrick Dempsey



Patrick Dempsey learned a lot about the realities of Cancer during his mother’s long battle with the illness.  He knew he wanted to give back to the community helping his mom through her Cancer journey.

Patrick founded The Patrick Dempsey Center For Hope & Healing in his hometown of Lewiston, Maine.  The Dempsey Center provides enduring wellness, betterment and community to those who need it most – free of charge.

The Dempsey Challenge is another of Patrick’s projects, and he devotes considerable time and passion into making this event an incredible success for its participants, supporters, and surrounding communities.  Patrick is hands-on and enthusiastically supportive of Positive Tracks’ youth call to action.

The Dempsey Challenge encourages you to go the distance on behalf of those who need it most,” he says. “And now, Positive Tracks allows young people to make a difference to their communities – it’s amazing.  I believe in the Positive Tracks program because it’s about so much more than just fundraising – it’s about kids connecting to and giving back to the world in a healthy, creative, and productive way.”

Ethan Zohn

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The title of “Ultimate Survivor,” though earned many times over, does not do justice to Ethan Zohn.  Throw pro soccer player, inventor, author, motivator, coach, sports commentator, hotty, celebrity athlete, TV host, global ambassador and megaphone for a generation into the mix and you get a little closer to comprehending the magnitude of his mojo.

When Ethan won the actual title of Survivor, Africa in 2002, he used the $1 million prize to co-found Grassroot Soccer which helps fight AIDS with education and sports.  To launch his youth-led movement Grassroot Soccer UNITED, he dribbled a soccer ball from Boston to Washington, DC. When he discovered he had Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2009, he beat it.  And when the cancer returned in 2011, he ran another marathon – during chemotherapy – leading his GRS team.

Ethan’s extensive charity work is aimed at launching and sustaining positive global social change through sports.  His late father’s often-repeated words are his mantra: “To make happiness real for others is truly the greatest gift.”  All this is but a glimpse of what Ethan does.  Get the full picture at, follow him on twitter @EthanZohn, and on Instagram: ethanzohn.

We so thrilled to have Ethan on board lending energy and momentum to all Positive Trackers, but in particular, to the young people supporting Grassroot Soccer.

Majka Burhardt


Majka Burhardt has a passion for creating unusual connections. As an author, professional climber, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, Majka has spent two decades exploring the globe—usually by hand and foot—and her stories of challenge, humanity, and the fine line between extreme and acceptable risk continue to inspire audiences around the world.  As a keynote speaker and writer Majka champions “Additive Adventure”—when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections that create a larger conversation of singular and collective human meaning.

Majka has 16 years of experience producing multi-stage international ventures focused on current issues of cultural and global significance. Her first book Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa (2008) was short‑listed for the Banff Book Award.  Her second book, Coffee Story: Ethiopia, was released in August 2011.

In 2010, Majka produced Waypoint Namibia and the film was featured at international film festivals and shown on NBC’s Universal Sports.  Majka was nominated for an EPIC Emerging Artist Award for her work as the Executive Producer.


Cameron Marshall

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Cameron Marshall is not only a Leukemia survivor; he is the inspiration behind Cam’s Course, the 1M Fun Run at the CHaD Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K, where Positive Tracks was founded.

While Cam was fighting Leukemia at age 10, he founded B Positive 4 CHaD Kids, an initiative that continues to raise money to support families facing illness at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The “Positive” in Positive Tracks was inspired by Cam’s amazing attitude and desire to help others even when facing intense personal hardship. We are proud to have Cam still working with Positive Tracks today.

“To me, Positive Tracks is an opportunity to work with heroic kids, helping others through positive, exciting actions – all while running the race of life!”