Chip Kennett

Former Staffer, Cancer Advocate Chip Kennett Dies at 34

Kennett, with wife Sheila, son Joe, and daughter Crosby, died Jan. 17 at age 34. (Jennifer Hughes photo via Facebook)

Updated Jan. 19 | Bayard Winslow “Chip” Kennett II, a former Capitol Hill staffer whose personal battle with lung cancer helped push Congress to take action , died Saturday. He was 34.  

On Jan. 12, Kennett went to the hospital with shortness of breath. He had been scheduled to travel to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to complete the screening process for an experimental treatment. The Kennetts remained optimistic, keeping their friends and family apprised of their progress on Facebook and their blog, Team Kennett .  

Capitol Hill Helps One of Its Own: Chip Kennett Finds Support in Unexpected Places

Chip Kennett, with his wife Sheila, has found unexpected support from Capitol Hill after his Stage IV cancer diagnosis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, Jan. 17. | Chip Kennett had never been a smoker.  

The seemingly healthy former Capitol Hill staffer went for a routine eye exam in October 2012 that revealed a suspected melanoma. A positron emission tomography scan and subsequent biopsy diagnosed 31-year-old Kennett with Stage IV lung cancer. The disease was incurable. His prognosis: one to two years to live.