Ginny’s Story

When Ginny received her lung cancer diagnosis, she thought there must be a mistake.

Grateful for Empathy

The former teacher and principal had no family cancer history; she was active and health conscious. She also had never smoked – something nearly 18% of people with this illness have in common.

Ginny decided to make it her mission to educate others about this prevalent illness. She founded and co-chairs the region’s only lung cancer support group, hosted by Asante, and advocates locally and nationally for lung cancer research. Along with other patients and caregivers, she offered her insight to develop plans for Asante’s new regional cancer center.

Ginny is grateful for the compassionate, skillful physicians and nurses with whom she’s developed long-term relationships over the last five years. Their expertise gives her confidence and their kindness and empathy uplifts her as she devotes herself to building a supportive community for others facing lung cancer.

“Cancer is hard on patients and it’s hard on families… Everything you do to make it easier helps.”

— Ginny Hicks

“There is incredible power in doing good. The golden rule should be more than a rule – it should be a purpose.”

—Gene Pelham, Rogue Credit Union