In 2005, Doug and his wife Laura, who met at The Ohio State University, relocated back to central Ohio from Los Angeles to live closer to family again.
Doug passed up a prestigious position at UCLA to begin teaching geophysics at Ohio State while Laura left her dream job with Mattel to focus on starting a family. But within a few months of beginning their new life in the Midwest, Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Initially, the couple considered moving back to Los Angeles for care, as Doug would only accept the “best treatment, period,” for his wife and he believed that he would find it out there. But after researching many options, Doug and Laura decided to seek treatment locally at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
Laura began fighting a long six-year battle against cancer with the support of the OSUCCC – James and her family. A loving mother and wife, Laura was more concerned with her family’s wellbeing than she was with her own. Doug remembers her telling him: “This cancer is unfair to you, and unfair to Garrett.” But Doug never heard her complain of how this cancer was unfair to Laura.