About Richard:

  • Lived in Stamford, Connecticut with his partner
  • Believed in a fitness routine: lifting weights, walking on the treadmill, and biking
  • Loved to travel and had previously been to Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, and all over the United States
  • Started the Richard’s Rays initiative to inspire and encourage people living with lung cancer

Richard’s Journey With Cancer

  • Diagnosed with stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in 2004
  • Pneumonectomy in 2004
  • Multiple surgeries and radiation therapy for tumors on brain and lung (2006 – 2014)
  • Stage 4 NSCLC
  • Multiple targeted therapies (2007 ­– 2014)

From Richard’s Perspective

“I didn't know what to make of it. I wasn't angry, I wasn't scared.

It's really important for someone to have an advocate when they go through these situations because mentally, I couldn't really do anything. It went in one ear, out the other. It came out of the blue.

I see my life as a combination of biology, chemistry, timing, and good luck!

I always believe I've lived life to the fullest. It's probably been accentuated a little, notched up, dealing with a terminal illness. The biggest positive changes are these relationships. They're unbelievable.

I believe all the good and bad has to happen. I can't take anything back, there's no regrets. I'm very, very fortunate.

Be hopeful, take every day at a time. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Find the doctors and hospitals you trust. Get educated about it to give yourself the best chance.”