About George:

  • Lived in Virginia with his wife, Linda, of 43 years
  • Valued an active lifestyle with yoga or regular walks where he relied on his Fitbit bracelet for encouragement
  • After retiring, he dedicated himself to reading and digital photography

George’s Journey With Cancer

  • Diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in 2013
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapies for the EGFR mutation

From George’s Perspective

“For us, it's been really valuable to be in the same boat as people like us. Trying to link up with some kind of a support group is important, because it's nice to know other people are going up and down.

What I would advocate to people is ‘You are living with cancer, cancer is not driving your life.’ All of these things are helpful but you don't want to change who you are because you have a diagnosis of cancer.

There is a tendency when you hear that somebody has cancer, or you hear they have stage 4 cancer, that you prepare your goodbye speech. That's not where you want to go.

Like every other thing in life, how you present yourself is how people respond to you. It's very important for you to think if you want to be seen as the victim of cancer, or do you want to maintain the relationship you had with them? With more treatments, better treatments and more impactful treatments, it's important for people to realize they can go on with their lives. Share that you have a problem, but don't make it the center of things.”