Giovanni (Gianni) Ferrarotti was born in Italy on April 15, 1945. He came to United States in 1973 to marry Rosanne and had three children, Gianna, Mike and Tony. He was a quiet and intelligent man who worked hard to provide a good life for his family. He was loved and respected by his family and friends.
On October 24, 2002, he was diagnosed with, stage IV, non-small cell adenocarcinoma, which metastasized to his liver and brain. He had radiation to the brain and several chemo treatments. He never complained throughout his illness and took advantage of that time to spend it with his loved ones. On July 10, 2003, at the age of 58, he lost his courageous battle at home surrounded by his loving family.
About the Gianni Ferrarotti Lung Cancer Foundation (GFLCF)
As the Ferrarotti family went through Gianni's journey with lung cancer they were surprised by the lack of compassion towards lung cancer patients in the medical community and the stigma that is attached to it. They also discovered that there is a lack of attention and funding for this horrible disease, even though that it is the #1 cancer killer in the United States. As a result, GFLCF was founded in 2004 by the Ferrarotti family and friends in honor of Gianni's memory.
Gianni Ferrarotti Lung Cancer Research Fund at Karmanos
In 2005, a unique restricted for lung cancer research fund at Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute was established. All donated money will be used for lung cancer research.
Helping Lung Cancer Families in Need
In keeping with our mission, we have contributed over $150,000 to the Gianni Ferrarotti Lung Cancer Research Fund at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and helped many lung cancer patients in financial need.