Greenwood Community Supporting Terminally Ill Man

Greenwood Community Supporting Terminally Ill Man

By Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

GREENWOOD - In the small, quiet community of Greenwood there's a house nestled in just off of the highway. Behind the two windows is a man spending his final moments with his family. "He's had some very good days. He's been up and walking, he's no longer verbal, but he's having some good days, his family is there with him," Kristi Eisenberg, a family friend, said.

38-year-old Dan Horton enjoyed five years cancer free. In 2008, he battled a brain tumor with radiation and chemotherapy. However, it came back last July. They tried various treatments, but this last tumor is just too aggressive. Earlier this month, he was put in hospice care with just weeks ot live. As word got around the community, everyone got to work.

"A lot of the churches have been getting involved and people in this community donating their time and money. It's just been amazing," Glenn Eisenberg said.

His family said in a statement, "If you know Dan, you know his heart, his passion to help others, to give of his time and talents to help anyone--to selfishly make things happen, to set out with a goal and exceed it."

And that's why Greenwood has stepped forward. Many have cooked meals for Dan and his wife and two kids, others have donated RVs for his family visiting from out of town.

"They've been a part of this community and we just want to gather them and show them our love and support," Kristi said.

Throughout all the battles--the chemotherapy, the pain of radiation, the loss of his speech, and the frustration of not being able to work around the house--his friends say his biggest concern is making sure his family will be taken care of.

"On his dry erase board he wrote to his son, "I love you Bubby, and I need you to take care of your mom and you sister," Kristi said.

The community will be holding a brisket fundraiser for the family at Greenwood High School on Saturday, February 28th from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be $10 per plate and all proceeds will go to the family. You can also donate by clicking this link.