Bart learned in 1999 that he had stage III esophageal cancer. After receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, he has been without evidence of this disease for 17 years. Bart pledged to help others beat esophageal cancer, so he, along with his wife Ginny, founded the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation (ECEF). As ECEF President, he is educating the public about esophageal cancer, walking the journey with patients who have the disease, and supporting research projects that will lead to early detection of esophageal cancer.
Candice was 15 years old when she underwent a heart transplant in 2002 after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. She lives in Cleveland, OH, and works in employee development at a consumer food and beverage company.