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​Celebrating Lung Cancer Giant, Don Stranathan

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Published on February 4, 2020

Don Stranathan, diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2008, benefitted from the improving landscape of research and care, and marshalled his energy to help others get the benefit too. He was a giant in the patient community and always ready to share his voice to help others. Don passed away on February 1, 12 years after diagnosis. He had been part of re-writing the natural history of non-small cell lung cancer and gave many, many people hope. Here is a brief tribute from Patient Power co-founder Andrew Schorr.

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Transcript | ​Celebrating Lung Cancer Giant, Don Stranathan

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

Andrew Schorr:

Hello. This is Andrew Schorr from Patient Power. And in my many years meeting other patients and patient advocates, there are a few people who really stand out. There are wonderful people across the country and around the world. And in lung cancer, one super patient advocate, incredibly dedicated has been Don Stranathan from Northern California. And I’ve been with him many times, participated in Patient Power events, interviews. And his dedication living with stage IV lung cancer, diagnosed in 2008, has always been trying to help  people get the treatment that’s right for them and live as long a life as possible. And during those years, certainly originally, nobody lived very long with advanced lung cancer, but there’s been tremendous progress. Don had benefitted from that, time and again. And then he went back to his exercise and as normal life as you can while always being an advocate and participating in many organizations and events. Whenever I asked him, sure, I’ll be there.

Unfortunately, on February 1st, after 12 years with lung cancer, Don passed away—a real superhero in the lung cancer community, and we will miss him. And so he was really an example of the change that was happening in lung cancer—not for everybody—but for many and trying to help everyone else get the right testing and the right treatment and live as full a life as possible. Don knew life is tenuous, and certainly the lung cancer diagnosis it is. But during his time in his very fiber, he did all he could for other people. We will miss him. I’m Andrew Schorr.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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