Most people selectively remain in the dark about lung cancer until, by a twist of fate, they are forced to learn. For Stephanie Gatschet, that moment came in 2006, when her mother and best friend, Nancy, was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer.
“Now I know more about lung cancer than I ever thought I would know or hope to know,” said Gatschet, a 27-year-old Burbank resident and star of ABC’s daytime drama “All My Children.”
Gatschet’s mother pulled through treatment and today remains cancer free. So far, she’s beaten tremendous odds. A vast majority of lung cancer patients — nearly 85%—will die from the disease. Today, both mother and daughter are advocates who host events to raise awareness and funds in support of lung cancer. This month, that mission will come to La Cañada.