Having worked as a nurse prior to her modeling career, Ribeiro knows very well the challenges patients and medical staff face on a daily basis. Since 2009, she has worked with a numerous of world renowned designers, including Versace, Chanel, Gucci, Shiatzy Chen, Louis Vuitton, and more. She’s also done numerous appearances for the Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show. As an ambassador, Ribeiro promotes the ARD Foundation through her social media pages.


Lais Ribeiro

A famous Brazilian model and actor, Gianecchine starred in numerous of Brazil’s most famous
telenovelas and films. He graduated with a law degree from Pontifical Catholic University of São
Paulo and worked with fashion houses in Paris, London, New York, Berlin, and Milan. Since he
was diagnosed with cancer in August 2011, he’s been working tirelessly to raise awareness for
cancer treatment.


Reynaldo Gianecchini

Actress, model, and singer, Emilia Pedersen has achieved a lot in her 14 years of life. With a Danish father, a Brazilian mother, and living in New York, Pedersen is fluent in four different languages, has appeared in magazines, and starred in a numerous plays.


Emilia Pedersen

A former model and fashion editor, and current television host and singer, Parlatore started her career while working in Japan. In 2015 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after undergoing treatment, she became a dedicated and passionate spokesperson who hopes to raise awareness for early detection. She was the recipient of the ARD Foundation’s Voice of Hope Award, given out during our 2018 Gala in Houston, TX.


Sabrina Parlatore

The achievements of Dutch swimmer Sharon Van Rouwendaal speak for themselves; the Olympic champion of the Rio 2016 Games’ 10km open water marathon, Sharon wishes to make a difference outside of the pool and the sea by promoting the Foundation and bringing its message of hope everywhere she travels.


Sharon Van Rouwendaal

Always capable of bringing happiness and good energy wherever he goes by mixing the sound of his saxophone with electronic music, multi-instrumentalist Ryon Sax suffered a blow when his 19 year old nephew lost his battle against cancer. When he was invited to become one of the ARD Foundation’s ambassador, Ryon saw the perfect opportunity to convert pain into hope. He composed a song, already in the final stages of production, and will donate the rights to the Foundation.


Ryon Sax

At the young age of 27, Rio de Janeiro native João Gabriel de Oliveira e Silva Rocha sports an enviable Jiu-Jitsu career: he is a four time world champion, 20 times Brazilian champion and four times Pan-American champion, among other titles. One of his proudest achievements, however, is having the chance to share his survival story. Having won the most difficult fight of his life against testicular cancer, João Gabriel has become a voice for the ARD Foundation’s mission, hoping to empower patients and researchers in their own battles.


João Gabriel