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.