updated 09/11/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/11/2010 AT 3:45 PM ET
Now that Ethan Zohn’s rare form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma is in remission, the former Survivor contestant is savoring every healthy moment, and even took a triumphant run past the hospital where he spent months fighting for his life.
“I just – for the first time ever – jogged past the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City,” Zohn told PEOPLE at the Stand Up to Cancer telecast in L.A. Friday, “and that was a big moment for me.”
A robust-looking Zohn, once again sporting the trademark dark curls he lost after chemotherapy treatments, said the experience was exhilarating. “When I left that hospital on Jan. 12, 2010, I couldn’t even walk,” he said. “I had to be taken out in a wheelchair. So to be able to run by there, healthy, that was the best feeling in the world!”