This cache is dedicated to a very special young man.
I am proud to say he and his family are dear friends of my family and I.
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Derrick was hands down the bravest person you could ever meet. At just 10 months old Derrick was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, which is a genetic disorder that made him prone to soft tissue tumors that entwine with blood vessels, veins and nerves. He was also diagnosed with severe scoliosis that ended up collapsing one of his lungs at a very young age.
A small percentage of these tumors become cancerous, this was the case with Derrick. In 2005, a malignant tumor was found behind Derrick's left knee. Doctors did what they could using chemotherapy, but it was unsuccessful and he had to have his leg amputated in October of 2005. The whole time Derrick stayed up beat and did more comforting to his visitors then they did for him.
In November of 2007, more bad news was given to Derrick and his family. The cancer had returned, this time attacking both his lungs. Derrick fought this cancer tirelessly making regular trips to the hospitals in Iowa City for more chemotherapy and a surgery to remove part of his lung. Derrick was pronounced cancer free the summer of 2008.
In January 2009 Derrick and his family received the dreaded news that the cancer had once again returned. This time doctors told Derrick there was no treatment and only gave him a few months. On June 2nd of 2009, he was checked into the Cedar Valley Hospice Home. Again Derrick did way more comforting to the many visitors he had then they did for him. The doctors said it was down to days if not hours now. Derrick (to nobody's surprise) proved them wrong and fought for almost another 4 weeks. Over his lifetime Derrick endured over 20 surgeries, never giving up.
Derrick was 15 years, 10 months, 19 days old when cancer beat his body on June 27th, 2009. But, Derrick beat cancer by never letting it kill his spirit, showing this by wearing a bandana with the phrase "Cancer Fears Me".
I can honestly say it was an honor to just know Derrick! He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten!
The cache should be easy enough to grab. It's a small sized cache that will be at the end of a little hike and a small amount of bushwhacking.