updated 11/07/2011 AT 8:05 AM ET
•originally published 11/07/2011 AT 9:15 AM ET
Running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, former Survivor winner Ethan Zohn spotted his girlfriend of eight years, Jenna Morasca, cheering him on outside of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he has spent countless hours battling his Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“I jogged over to her and gave her a big giant hug. And there may have been some tears shed,” says Zohn, 37.
Calling it “a really emotional moment,” Morasca adds: “It was just an overwhelming sense of pride on my side and for him, just a feeling of being supported. There were a lot of emotions packed into that one hug.”