Ken Giddes of Dunwoody, Georgia, survived nearly eight years after the diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer. He died January 27, 2001, surrounded by his family.
Ken had a successful career with Republic Financial Corporation, which supported his development of the “Caring Ambassador” program, in which he traveled the country to meet other survivors and talk about living with lung cancer. Ken also was a “phone buddy” to hundreds of lung cancer patients and their loved ones.
Ken was our mentor and the epitome of a Caring Ambassador, reaching out to others who were struggling to survive a life-changing, life-threatening illness. Ken was and still is our inspiration. He inspires us today to continue the Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program.
To Ken and all the patient advocates who have and are working tirelessly around the world for their respective causes, we thank you.