In a jam-packed Hammerschmidt Chapel, television personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic discussed their relationship throughout Giuliana’s breast cancer diagnosis on October 25.
Giuliana can be seen nightly as the host of E! News while her husband Bill is recognized as the first winner of the show “The Apprentice”.
The lecture was a part of this year's Roland Quest Lecture Series in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at EC.
In a sit down interview with The Leader, the couple detailed how they focused on their love for one another throughout Giuliana's journey and described why they named the title of the lecture “In Sickness and in Health... A love Story”.
“We made a vow and a promise to God, and little did we know we would be challenged early on in our journey,” said Bill Rancic.
At 36, Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer. She later had a double mastectomy. She is now breast cancer free.
Bill supported her throughout her battle.
“We’ve been through both. We’ve been there for each other through good health as well as sickness, and we certainly stick to that vow,” said Giuliana Rancic.
Giuliana, who has no family history of breast cancer, mentioned how her breast cancer diagnosis changed her perspective on life.
“When you go through something like this, you turn the volume down on the things that don’t really matter, and you turn the volume up on the things that do matter,” said Giuliana. “I prioritized what was really important and was able to take a step back and realize that even though I was going through something so painful, there were a lot of beautiful things in my life too.”
During the lecture, Bill stressed the importance of having a reliable and loyal partner during tough times.
“Whenever someone is going through cancer, or even a difficult time in their life for that matter, it’s good to have someone they can count on,” said Bill. “ When you’re taking on the role of caregiver your most important role is really to help make decisions based on knowledge rather than decisions based on emotion.”
Being a supporter for Giuliana was Bill’s priority throughout her breast cancer battle.
“It’s good to have an advocate with you all the time,” concluded Bill.
The Rancic’s story resonated with a number of people.
“I’ve been a really big fan of Giuliana since I think I was 12 years old,” said EC senior Dayna Dobias. “I took a lot away from this about strength and perseverance and sticking together.”