Dan Duffy has been working in film, television, and radio for almost 20 years. Graduating from the Foundation Film program at the Vancouver Film School in 2000, he has been making documentaries, commercials, and short films since for companies big and small around the world. Prior to this, Dan spent five years as an assistant producer, sports director, production manager, and on-air talent for the nationally syndicated “Steve and DC Radio Show.”
He has won numerous awards in his career, including a Telly Award Winner, a seven-time Telly Award Finalist Winner, and an AIR (Achievement in Radio) award, with two other nominations.
In 2002, Dan was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. Through massive amounts of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, Dan was declared cancer free seven months after his diagnosis.
Dan wanted to change the way people looked at a cancer diagnosis, after his own experience left him wondering about several questions that he was unable to have answered during his fight. In 2010, he and his producing partner, Joe Farmer, founded The Half Fund, a mission dedicated to “lifting the veil on cancer” through the use of mass-media communications, such as movies and documentaries and books and music.
The Half Fund has achieved 501-(C)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service, and has received a strong endorsement from the American Cancer Society. The mission of The Half Fund is to “…remove the myopia associated with a cancer diagnosis…to give answers to questions before someone knows to even ask.” The Half Fund collects donations to give to artists with creative ways to spread cancer education. All proceeds from projects funded will be split in half: half going to a cancer charity of the artist’s choice, with half coming back to The Half Fund to give away to more artists.
He was a featured speaker at TEDx Sarasota in 2013, and led a panel discussion at Stanford Medicine X in 2016. He will also be the keynote speaker at the Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference in April of 2017.
Dan asked his wife Stephanie to marry him the day before he started chemotherapy. They have been married since 2003, and they have two sons, Sam and Ben. They live in St. Louis, Missouri.