When Danny Terril was treated for pancreatic cancer he and his wife Gina saw a need. Now they are working to help meet that need.
“One of the things I learned is when the good Lord blesses you, he does it so you can bless someone else,” said Terril, 44. “When we were back and forth at the hospital, I lived 10 minutes away, my parents moved in to help take care of me and my paycheck never stopped. But I saw other people in different situations – come from out of town, worrying about missing work and even sleeping in their cars.”
That was five years ago. Terril had just met his wife, Gina, 42, at a golf outing. Shortly after they started dating, Terril was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“We had a unique courtship. Basically the first two years were spent in the hospital,” said Gina. She never left Terril’s side – even sleeping on the windowsill in his hospital room when there was no place else to rest.
“I spent 40 days in the hospital and she never left me. When I got this diagnosis, she could have just said, ‘sorry, I’ll pray for you.’ But she stayed by my side,” said Terril, who was diagnosed at IU Health North by Dr. Jennifer Morgan. In August of 2012 he was admitted to IU Health Methodist Hospital for the Whipple procedure to remove a tumor that had grown from the size of a golf ball to the size of a chicken egg.
“If I had waited longer, I might not have made it. I can’t say enough about the nurses and staff who took care of me,” said Terril.
The couple married in 2014 and with a full recovery, Terril began to think about how he could give back to the hospital system that saved his life. It was natural for him to think of golf – a sport he and his wife love.
They approached Tracy Miller, the Director of Philanthropy at IU North with their idea: A Cancer Care Cup – Tee Off Dinner honoring Dr. Jennifer Morgan on August 20, followed by a tournament on August 21. Proceeds will specifically aid oncology patients and their families.
“Working with social workers, we will meet patients and their families where they are during crisis – whether it is inpatient, outpatient or at home,” said Miller. “The idea is to help meet the needs during a difficult time.”
-- By T.J. Banes