Dave and his wife, Cherry.

GIST patient and LRG Board Member, Dave Safford has compiled a list of his fondest memories since having GIST.  Dave  decided to sit down and think about all of the good fortune that has come into his life since being diagnosed with cancer. We liked his list so much we decided to share it so that everyone in the GIST community can see a story of positivity and hope.

“Cool, fun things I’ve done since I’ve had cancer: Topping the list, two-week family vacation in Maui; Went to game seven of the NLCS to send Giants to World Series; played in the Peter Jacobsen Pro-Am golf tournament; helped “invent and launch” several new products at work; saw multiple Broadway shows in N.Y., Cirque de Soleil in Vegas; Sunriver Zebra club weekends; watched Natalie, Kiana, and Alani excel in everything they do; tell Cherry and the kids I love them every day.

“Cool fun things I have planned or hope to do: Superbowl party weekend in Vegas with friends and helicopter tour of Grand Canyon (coming up soon and would love if Seahawks are in it!); play golf at midnight in Alaska again; have a ““Darjeeling Limited-ish” road trip with my brothers Ron and Scott; Play in the World Series of Poker ( not the main event – too rich for me); gaze at and ponder the Milky Way on a clear night (who knows the best place in the world to do this?); be a contestant on Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune or Who Wants to be a Millionaire; visit Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame; spend as much time as possible with my family.

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