Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Darryl Gorman Memorial Walk

May 6, 2011

In 1998, 16-year old Darryl Gorman was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He chose to fight with surgery and chemotherapy, but he wasn’t able to win the battle. He died in March 1999.

Geoff was going through his first experience with cancer when he met Darryl. Before the social media age, he would keep people updated on how he was doing through an email list. Here’s what he wrote on March 9, 1999:

I feel sad as I lost a person in my life who I barely knew but was significant for sure. He was someone I only met twice, he was young, and much like me, he had this bastard thing called Cancer come into his life and tell him that it was time for a change. No warning, no compromise, change and change now!!!! He was 16 and I have just learned he has died.

Cancer’s motives and reasons for stalking and attacking those of all ages, they will be my motivation to win my game, but do much more than that, those motives have and will continue to give me reason to meet Cancer at every corner possible and help kick its ass each and every time we meet.

Darryl’s family honour him each June with the Darryl Gorman Memorial Walk in Holyrood, Newfoundland. They donate the proceeds to Young Adult Cancer Canada to help us make to improve the lives of young adult cancer patients. Their efforts have raised over $40,000 since 2001.

Please join us in Holyrood on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64 at 1 p.m. for the 5.5 km walk to Furey’s Club for refreshments and prizes to the top fundraisers.

Head on over to the fundraising page to sign up, sponsor someone, or make a direct donation to the event. There’s also a Facebook event if you would like more information.

Please contact Bridget Hynes at (709) 229-2028 if you have any questions.

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