Woody Roseland Profile
Woody Roseland, an 8-time cancer survivor and amputee is passionate about bringing the best out of people.
Woody combines his story of diagnosis, relapse, and amputation with his stand-up comedy roots to deliver a relatable, impactful, and unforgettable experience that your audience won't soon forget.
As a 17-year old high school football player, a nagging pain turned into something much worse - a rare form of bone cancer. As the years past, the cancer persistently lingered in Woody's life eventually taking his left leg. But it couldn't take his excitement and love for life.
Over the years Woody has fought back against his disease by living life on his terms - launching companies, competing in endurance events, becoming an accomplished filmmaker and traveling the world sharing his message.
Each step along his journey has added layers of perspective and levity that he happily shares with audiences.
Woody Roseland held the Greenhill School Upper School student body and faculty spellbound this morning, moving an audience of five hundred between laughter and tears, and always with a humble, self-deprecating wisdom rare in such a speaker. Without ever getting preachy or even approaching self-pity, Woody opened our eyes to the experience of confronting the "c-word" with discipline and self-determination. His lessons transcended his own medical challenges and provided an inspirational charge to the entire school community to take control of our lives and be a force for good in the world. When he finished, our students rushed the podium, wanting even more time with this rock-star speaker! Our community is wiser and more compassionate today than it was yesterday, and I am grateful to this remarkable young man for that.
Tom Perryman, Assistant Head of School - Green Hill School
As the keynote speaker for our opening ceremony, Woody's involvement in Pelotonia 2012 was outstanding. Simply put, Woody is an incredible asset to Pelotonia. With high expectations for our 10,000+ Riders and guests, our keynote speaker had to be extraordinary. While Woody's story is truly incredible, his remarkable ability to connect with, captivate and motivate people is what made him the perfect fit. With Woody's involvement, Pelotonia raised 16.9 Million dollars, surpassing previous year's fundraising totals. Since our ride, Woody continues to be a key part of our community based movement to OneGoal: EndCancer. The feedback from our riders about Woody has been nothing but incredibly positive and thankful. The Pelotonia community knows Woody and respects him and we will certainly keep him involved for years to come.
- Tom Lennox, CEO & Executive Director of Pelotonia
I had the pleasure to collaborate with Woody through his participation in TEDxMileHigh 2012. Woody has a rare combination of perspective, humor and commitment to building community for those around him. He brought tremendous talent to the event and at the same time was happy to partner with our program team in developing a talk specific to our audience. I have heard from countless people that his talk had a tremendous impact on their perspectives and lives and I can say that it was an amazing personal experience to work with and get to know Woody. I can't say enough!
- Jeremy Duhon, Curator TEDxMileHigh