In April of 2016,
Ken felt a bit disoriented after his daily morning workout and went to the
hospital. In July of 2017, just fourteen
months later, Ken succumbed to Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, at the age
Ken was married
to his wife Karen for 38 years. They have three grown children (Kristina, Kevin
and Jessica) and four beautiful grandchildren.
Ken trained to become a welder and went to work in the steel mills of Pennsylvania. Soon, Ken decided he wanted to pursue a college
degree. It took just two years to get
his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from LaSalle, graduating at the head of his
class. Ken then went to Wharton and
completed his MBA in 1989. He accepted a
job in the Finance area of Procter & Gamble and enjoyed a 28-year career, culminating
as a Director.
Ken was a
simple person. He didn’t bother with
trivial stuff, but rather applied relentless focus on what he believed to be
important. The pinnacle of his focus was family. In the fourteen months he lived post-diagnosis,
Ken’s focus was on preparing Karen and his kids to be successful without
him. While fighting it with all his
might, Ken didn’t dwell on the cancer.
Rather, he spent as much time and energy as he could with his kids and
grandkids. He dwelled for months over a
bullet point list of the characteristics and actions he believed to deliver
success that he could give to his children.
& Gamble, Ken was a leader and a coach who influenced countless young
managers on how to do things right.
There are close to 1200 members on the “Prayers for Ken Schappell”
Facebook page that Jessica developed when Ken got sick, and countless posts on
that page came from those young managers who recognized Ken as an invaluable
influence on their career. He was also
recognized in the Cincinnati Enquirer by Paul Daugherty as a man for whom
kindness was innate.
Please join us
at this year’s gala as we honor Ken Schappell for the extraordinary life he led
and the indelible contribution he made on us.
Help us in the fight against cancer in his memory.
For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s. Join us to help finish the fight.
American Cancer Society
Cincinnati Discovery Ball
2808 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Jennifer Karpanty, Coordinator
Phone: 888.227.6446 x4211