The news wasn't good when Ed Levitt was first diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago. He remembers: "I was told I had stage IV lung cancer, and there was no hope. I should make funeral arrangements as I only had weeks to live. I did. I was also told I should go to Emory." With his wife Linda by his side, he made his first appointment at Winship Cancer Institute where he received targeted therapy. He credits his medical team of doctors and nurses with helping him survive not just the initial diagnosis, but other medical issues as well.
"Everybody agreed I should have been dead 15 years ago. The difference is at Winship, they were the only ones to tell me there is hope. I am proud to travel the country telling my story and success at Winship when nobody else gave me any chance at all," Levitt says.
Over the years, the Levitts have become strong patient advocates. They have granted countless media interviews, raised money for cancer research at Winship, and testified before lawmakers. He has bold advice for newly diagnosed cancer patients: "Be strong, fight, and don't listen to any negatives."