That isn't the hospital they went to that morning.
Dad isn't dead, but the family needs to be together.
Darren hops in the 1984 Ford Ranger and spends the next 30 minutes wondering what was going on. A few hours later he is numb. Dad has been diagnosed with Stage Four Colon Cancer at the age of 49. His older sister opened her mission call to California just days before. Chemotherapy? Tumors? Dad was hiking on Tuesday. He is too young and healthy for cancer. No one else in the extended family has colon cancer. Why is Dad so calm about this? He keeps talking about the Lord's plan. 18 months to live? That isn't long enough!
Friends and family gathered around and helped the family with bills, mortgage payments, food, clothing, love, and support. Angels in heaven and on earth were always near.
It was a very hard and trying experience for me and my family. For a year we went to McKay-Dee every other Tuesday. After the year mark, Dad was done. He had been tracking the tumors on his CAT scans and knew that they had started to grow. He knew that they could keep him alive longer but the quality of life wouldn't be there. So he decided that it was up to the Lord now.
That summer we were gone for more days than we were home! We traveled to our favorite places: Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Zions, Uintas, and more. we made many cherished memories even with Dad getting sick on the trips.
18 months after the diagnosis, Dad passed away surrounded by his loving wife, Roe, and their children, Trisha and Darren. Trisha was 22 and healing from her own medical problems. I was 17 and a junior in high school. Dad was preceded by both of his parents. Two years later Roe's dad would pass away from prostate cancer. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor and is still living.
Cancer is no stranger to our family. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends have fought their courageous battles. We know that we are not alone. How can we be when 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? (American Cancer Society)
As a sophomore at Utah State University, Darren was introduced to the world of fundraising events. He has been hooked on the idea ever since. Finally on December 31, 2013, he told his wife Brittney that he was going to start The Bassett Foundation. There wasn't a good enough reason to wait any longer. He was joined by family and close friends and we are excited to help support families affected by cancer and make our mark on the world!