Susan and Tom Lambeth of Burlington met at Carolina. Their first home was married student housing on Hibbard Drive, where they moved after marrying in Tom’s second year of law school. They were married for 25 and a half years before Susan passed away after a “courageous and graceful” struggle with ovarian cancer at age 48.
“Susan was the most amazing person I have ever known. She was very focused and could accomplish more in a day than most people can in a week. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend — warm and giving and had a smile for everyone,” Tom says.
Although Susan wasn’t treated at UNC Lineberger, her family has made a gift in her memory, naming a consultation room in the N.C. Cancer Hospital that overlooks the same street where Tom and Susan started their marriage.
“It felt appropriate to us. We are a big Carolina family,” Tom notes. Sons David and Steven both attend Carolina, David as a second year law student and Steven as a senior.
“Susan was a very generous person who participated in clinical trials and talked to medical students about diagnosing ovarian cancer. So half of the gift will be used for patient support – Susan would approve of the funds going toward helping people who aren’t able to pay for things they need during their cancer treatment. The other half will go toward research for ovarian cancer,” he says.
The family hopes to add to the research funds. “Research is important because there’s no good screening test for ovarian cancer and the signs and symptoms are easy to miss or explain away. There is great research going on at UNC and we want to honor Susan’s memory by finding a cure for this terrible disease.”