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Carson Daly Talks About Cancer and Recovery

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cancer and recovery with Carson Daly Photo: Courtesy of NBC

For 10 seasons, MTV’s hit show “Total Request Live” made Carson Daly a household name. The delicious after-school snack, hosted and produced by Daly, defined an entire generation by serving up the hottest music videos and biggest celebrities.

Much to the consternation of teens everywhere, the show ended in 2008. But that wasn’t the end of Carson Daly.

These days he is a very busy man. The host of NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “The Voice” juggles work, family and social causes, so I was darn lucky to catch up with Carson this week to talk about two topics close to his heart.

Between his radio show, “Mornings with Carson Daly” on Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP Radio and a flight out of LAX, we talked to Carson about Breakaway from Cancer, a patient and caregiver online resource network and the Amgen Tour of California.

In case you're not familiar with it, the Tour of California is the state’s premier professional cycling stage race that draws in top-ranking cyclists and teams from around the world.

The eight-day race, now in its seventh year, is not only a way to showcase nearly 800 miles of the Golden State’s highways and roadways. The tour is a free sporting event dedicated to educating Californians and enthusiasts worldwide about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This Sunday, May 20, 2012, the last stage of the race will send cyclists whirling down city roads from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles, and the public is invited.

But before the pro riders enter the circuits in downtown LA, Carson Daly will be on hand for Breakaway Mile, a celebration race to recognize cancer survivors and their caregivers. The free public event is sponsored by Breakaway from Cancer.

Hi Carson, thank you for taking time today to talk with Empowher about Breakaway from Cancer and the Amgen Tour of California.

Carson Daly:
Thank you, it’s my pleasure.

How did you become a cancer crusader?

Carson Daly:
Well, it was not by choice.

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