Jeff Meckstroth has served his community as a firefighter and paramedic and feeds the world as a farmer. In 2015, a simple cough discussed during a routine annual physical led to a terminal cancer diagnosis. Stage 4 lung cancer at age 57 was a shock as a non-smoker. We went from planning retirement to planning a funeral. Biomarker testing revealed Jeff was "lucky", Jeff had a rare genetic form of lung cancer, this meant Jeff was eligible for targeted therapies, a simple pill taken daily. Three years later Jeff has just completed his fourth harvest since diagnosis. Jeff and Rhonda are grateful for every day they are given and they are fighting for a cure. Jeff is currently being treated at Boston Massachusetts General Cancer Center and locally with the Kettering Cancer Center. It takes a community of family, friends, co-workers, advocacy groups, and medical professionals to help a cancer family survive. We are grateful for our community and the many who have helped us during this difficult journey. We are truly blessed!
Attending the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta will be a once in a lifetime experience in many ways including an opportunity to thank our community, fight for all lung cancer families but most importantly to educate the public about the reality of lung cancer. Jeff's wife Rhonda is a lung cancer advocate working with ALK Positive Outreach, Biden Cancer Initiative and the American Cancer Society on an educational campaign for biomarker testing. Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. We are hopeful for many more Harvest seasons and a cure!