PROFILES IN LUNG CANCER
Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015
Day 24: Jeff McManus, caregiver and advocate.
“I used to be a loner before meeting Cara.”
Jeff was a caregiver for his wife, Cara, who passed away in April
2015. She only survived 20 months after being given her stage IV lung
cancer diagnosis. They met in 2006 and quickly became good friends. They
would have been married for 4 years in June of that year. Jeff
confessed to me, “I used to be a loner before meeting Cara. She brought
me out of my shell and we started hanging out with friends.”
Jeff has a PhD in biology and works full time in a research lab. He
enjoys his work and his coworkers. In his free time he likes playing
trivia with his friends, going to Indie rock concerts, and cooking. He
and Cara both loved cooking and often made meals together. He also likes
to stay active by riding his bike, another fun activity him and Cara
did together, lifting weights, and playing basketball.