Daniel Purdy just celebrated his 28th birthday and the birth of his only child, Eliza, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. He was at work when his vertebrae fractured and over the course of 2 weeks we came to know that he had metastatic, incurable cancer and we were told we would be lucky if he was still alive in 15 months. He had a mutation, EGFR+, most often found in Asian Women. Dan fought hard for over 2 years. As excruciatingly painful as it was for us to witness Dan's health and mobility get worse and worse, I can only imagine what it was like for him. He didn't talk much about dying, he didn't want to accept it. He was one of the most alive people I know. Dan lived life with gusto, like he knew his was going to be short. He never stayed home when he could go out, he never walked when he could run, and he didn't take no for an answer. He was witty, hilarious, vibrant and a complete pain in the ass, and we loved him for it. At Dan's wake, many of his friends told stories about the things Dan DID. The night he put a couch on the lawn to watch the stars, the time he played bocce ball in the middle of the night down a city street, or when he went skiing a month before he died with fractured bones. Dan would always do it. And thus, the phrase DAN WOULD DO IT was born. We started a scholarship in Dan's memory. The scholarship goes to a Pawling High School runner who is going to attend college. Dan would be proud.
You are invited to join us for a casual trail race before the official High School Invitational. At 9 AM, a FREE 5K race is open to the public. This is not a road race, it will be on the same cross country trails that the cross country team runs on at the high school. Read more about 2nd Annual Dan Purdy Memorial Invitational September 16th, with Public 5K![…]
Sorry for the delay… but… A Huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the 2nd Annual Daniel Victor Purdy Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser, AKA Dan Would Do It! With everybody’s generosity we were able to cover the costs, grant the scholarship to a Pawling High School Track & Field or Cross Country Runner and Read more about Thank you! […]
Please join us Saturday May 19th at the new O’Connor’s Public House they are opening in Pawling. We will have food, drinks, raffles and an auction. All proceeds will go directly to a scholarship that will be awarded to a Pawling Highschool senior. Check out the event here! Hope you can make it and we will update Read more about The First Annual Fundraiser for the Daniel Victor Purdy Memorial Scholarship[…]
“…We brought out the worst in each other…” This is going to be a selfish post. I didn’t talk much about Dan’s illness publicly because it was his trauma, his pain, and his struggle. I didn’t want to insult him or make him sad while he was sick. I was also afraid to talk about Read more about Taking Dan for Granted[…]
Today I was telling my neighbor, Paul, about that period of time when Dan decided he didn’t want to take public transportation anymore and was running or skateboarding from borough to borough. One of my favorite images to conjure up is of Dan flying down 2nd avenue on a skateboard with his man-bun and cut-off Read more about Man in Transit[…]
I sit cancerous Yet bloated with joyousness Whether bland as a blade of grass Or robust as the field it came from. I remain content with any moment I wake, sleep, smile, weep and still – They differ none. The difference lies in you, of you. In all the love, Of all the care, I Read more about Altruistic Departure[…]