Jeff Wagner is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, job coach, recruitment solutions consultant, former tennis, triathlon, marathon and beach volleyball athlete in the Tampa Bay area, since coming to the University of South Florida in the 1980’s from East Tennessee. He has worked for top companies in management including Procter & Gamble, Kforce Professional Staffing and Monster Worldwide. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2003, Wagner began receiving treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center, the Hospital where the founding father of his undergraduate fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, was started by H. Lee Moffitt in the 1960’s about the time Jeff was born. Four years after his initial diagnosis, his cancer returned in the form of a tumor wrapped around his spine. In 2007, he was matched with a bone marrow donor and received a stem cell transplant. He has needed over a 100 units of blood from the Florida Blood services, 1,000+ chemotherapy treatments, dozens of surgeries, and more. Although, he is now paralyzed from the chest down, he remains cancer free, and Wagner’s cancer fight has sparked his enthusiasm to get more people to register for the National Bone Marrow Program. Through his passion in Believing to Always Finish Strong,’ Wagner and his German donor that saved his life, are encouraging hundreds to attend a “Be The Match” bone marrow donor or blood drive throughout the Tampa Bay area.
. Born in Ohio, grew up in Kansas City, Raised in East Tennessee.
. Graduated from University of South Florida, BA Finance/Marketing, MBA in Managemet.
. Tennis Player, Triathlete, Marathon Runner, and Beach Volleyball Player.
. Successful career and corporate position with Fortune 1000 companies, including Procter & Gamble, Kforce Professional Staffing and Monster Worldwide (monster.com)
. Diagnosed with cancer on 2003.
. Diagnosed with numerous cancers, such as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Spinal Tumor Cancer, Skin Cancers, Lung Cancer (false after 2 months).
. Stem Cell Transplant (Blood Marrow), 1000+ chemo treatments, 100+ blood transfusions, 40+ surgeries, 12+ radiation treatments and more.
. In and out of over a dozen top hospitals nationwide.
. Out of body experience for 26 hours.
. 2007 -Bone Marrow transplant & survivor
. Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters for 12 Years.
. Since 2008 - On LongTerm Disability with Monster Worldwide.
. Motivational Speaker - Motivational testimony in front of dozens of large, small and individual groups including sports teams, high schools, youth groups and more.
. Utilizing the Always“Finish Strong” wristbands with thousands.
. Supporter of Oct 9, 2012 Tampa Donor Drive - "To Always Finish Strong".