Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.


Teen Girls

Teen Girls

More From Diem

In this video

Tagged as

Do social networking sites create new challenges for young women? 

Diem's Biography

Place of Birth: Germany
Role Models: Katie Couric and Barbara Walters
Childhood Nickname: Danger Mouse
To Her 15-Year-Old Self: "Do your homework."

Diem Brown’s battle with ovarian cancer was caught on camera while she was a cast member on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat. Through this experience, she became a role model for strength and perseverance. Diem founded the non-profit, MedGift, which is inspired by her experiences as a patient. The organization is the first medical gift registry and is working to change the way the public views health and charity. After going into remission in 2006, the cancer resurfaced in 2011. Diem went into remission again, until the cancer resurfaced again in 2014. Through the battle Diem remained positive, grateful, and supportive of others experiencing similar hardship. Diem passed away in November 2014. 

Related Videos

Yan Geling
Yan Geling
Novelist and Screenwriter

Yan Geling grew up in Shanghai with very artistic parents, her talent for dance winning her a place in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) dance troupe at the young age of 12,...

SuChin Pak
SuChin Pak

SuChin Pak began her television career in high school when she was recruited to host a teen-based television show for an ABC affiliate station, and eventually moved on to jobs at O...

Renata Black
Renata Black
Social Entrepreneur

Renata Black is the Chairwoman of Seven Bar Foundation, a social enterprise which fuels microfinance institutions in order to combat poverty and empower women in developing countri...

Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros
Pioneering Latina Writer

Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American novelist, poet, and short story writer. Her books include The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, and Woman Hollering Creek. She is the recipient...