Brother, Greg Laderer (Penn State ’78) designed many of the popular race day Phi Psi 500 T-shirts back then. The brothers loved his artwork and many saved their shirts and still treasure them all these years later. And, they gave proof to something else they all treasure — the deep bonds of brotherhood. Little could Greg have conceived back then, that these same brothers would be banding together again some 40 years after their college days to raise money to save his life.
In December, 2016, Greg was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer and discovered it had already spread to his spine, ribs, liver and brain.
If there is a glimmer of hope to accompany such a devastating diagnosis, it’s that he also tested positive for the ALK gene mutation, which is a rare type of lung cancer typically affecting non-smokers. Until recently, very few treatment options existed for this cancer, but thanks to cutting-edge drug therapies being developed, patients like Greg are living longer.