David Hysong

Founder, Patient & Chief Executive Officer

“My bio is the same as every other rare cancer patient. I had a life plan. I was unexpectedly diagnosed. And now am not going down without a fight. I’m honored to have the opportunity to fight not only for myself, but for every rare cancer patient with no one else to fight for them. And I’ll keep fighting until every one of them lives.”

shepherd-616_david_1070x1070David has fought child slavery in the streets of Cambodia, run through the alleys of Cambridge in black tie, ridden motorcycles on back roads of 4 continents, survived being struck by a 12-ton bus going 60 mph, penned a children’s book in French, and has rewritten a Harvard Master’s thesis from scratch in 30 hours while raising two puppies and finishing cancer treatment. He previously founded an NGO that worked with refugee children, worked as an undercover investigator, and was in the training pipeline for Special Operations in the U.S. Military until he was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in 2015. David combined the innovation, fearlessness, passion, determination and desire to save the lives of others, which had marked all of his previous endeavors, to found SHEPHERD with one goal in mind – that the neglected may live. David holds a B.A. in Economics, Philosophy and French Literature from Transylvania University, a M.A.L.A. in Intellectual History from St. John’s College, and a M.Div from Harvard University in Religion, Ethics & Politics.