Review: The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation Pays Tribute To Dan Waeger

Cancer Websites, Fundraising Events — By on April 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm

dan-flyerOn Friday, April 17, 2009, The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation will pay tribute to Dan Waeger in a Comedy Show Fundraiser. The show will take place at The Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

The event, “Cause To Laugh” is hosted by rising comedy star, Joel Richardson, founder of Soul Joel Productions.

In May of 2005, Dan Waeger was living the life of any normal person his age. At the age of 22, he was working as the Assistant Golf Coach for both men and women’s teams at Division I Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.

In addition, Dan was pursuing his M.B.A. in Finance. In the midst of taking final exams, a persistent cough developed which made him short of breath. Struggling to even breathe while at rest, Dan checked himself into the hospital on May 13, 2005. After being admitted to the hospital, Dan was diagnosed with cancer a few days later.

Dan believed that the young adult cancer community is extremely neglected in terms of support and wanted to help those that occupy the dual role of cancer survivor and college student as he once did.  The myth that people bring this awful disease upon themselves needs to be busted.

On Monday March 16, 2009 Dan passed away at home early in the morning. He lived with lung cancer for 3 years and 10 months. Saying “lived”, grossly underestimated the contributions he made to those that loved him and those that were inspired from afar.

Dan felt blessed for the love and support he has received, especially from his immediate family. He wanted to do everything he could to help the cancer community.

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide services and support to young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Their goal is to help these survivors and their families establish a “Will Win” attitude in their fight and is committed to providing need-based financial support to young adult survivors who are pursuing higher education throughout their treatment and beyond. Furthermore, the Foundation promotes awareness and prevention of cancer within the young adult community.

Meg Rodgers, Dan’s Fiancé, continues Dan’s mission, is a contributing editor for Cancer Directory and continues their blog “Waeger Will Win.”

For Meg and Dan’s blog visit: Waeger Will Win

For more information about The Comedy Show Fundraiser visit: Soul Joel Productions

To learn more about The Foundation visit: The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation

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