August 2019 Volunteer of the Month - Dan Laubhan!

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GRACE is so honored to work alongside some exceptional volunteers. This month we recognize our friend Dan Laubhan!
Amy Bickleman, Executive Director
We couldn't do what we do without you, our volunteers! 

From helping at the ASCO booth, admin and transcription work, to spreading pamphlets and information about GRACE, we have been lucky enough to meet some of the most amazing people.

This month we are pleased to give a gracious nod and a huge thank you to Dan Laubhan.  We first met Dan at ASCO when he offered to help us work the booth at the yearly Chicago event. 

GRACE volunteer Dan Laubhan's day job is practicing transactional law as a Director and Senior Counsel for Discover Financial Services, where he has worked for 13 years. He was introduced to GRACE in the course of his wife Maria's struggle with non-small cell lung cancer, which was diagnosed as stage 4 in 2010. Prior to losing Maria in 2017, both Dan and Maria were daily users of GRACE's resources and came to know many of us here at GRACE. In light of Maria's EGFR status, Dan reached out to GRACE faculty member Dr. Lecia Sequist of Massachusetts General Hospital, who they were introduced to through GRACE. They subsequently worked with both their local GRACE faculty member, Dr. Thomas Hensing, and Dr. Sequist to assure that Maria had the best medical counsel available. Subsequently, Dan has continued to work with GRACE, volunteering to work at the GRACE booth each year at ASCO in Chicago and singing GRACE's praises to both visitors to the booth and other friends, family and colleagues who come to need guidance on various aspects of cancer care.

In the course of Maria's illness, Dan will tell you that in addition to the incredible value of targeted therapies and immunotherapies that have been developed and which also remain under development, he was struck by the power of the love offered and displayed by so many people over the course of their family's bout with cancer... easing cancer's burdens that their family were required to deal with. It made all the difference.

On his off-time, Dan enjoys traveling, studying American history, including the U.S. Civil War and is a proponent of the new urbanism movement. He and his 14-year old son, Daniel, live in a conservation community in Grayslake, IL.


Dan - We love you.  You have been such a help to us during our times in Chicago -- and we so appreciate your kind words and are humbled that we could help in any way during your journey.  We are GRACE because of people like you. 

The GRACE Staff

 

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