Darian’s Gift helps families facing pediatric cancer

The Salem nonprofit held a fundraiser on July 30 for children who received help while undergoing cancer treatment.

Kira and mom Sara Bailey talk about their experience with Darian’s Gift (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Darian’s Gift provides financial aid, physical services and emotional support to families dealing with childhood cancer. Often families need essentials, such as money for gas. Many have to forgo special treats, such as dining out, to save money for expensive treatments. Darian’s Gift provides resources to these families.

On July 30, Salem’s charity held its 11th Annual Play “Fore” Day Golf Tournament & Auction to raise money to help more families. President Gregg King said the group had to postpone the event last year, but returned to Illahe Country Club this year.

After a day on the links, the group gathered in the banquet hall for golf prizes, an auction, and to hear stories of hope and healing. They celebrated the lives of four children who lost their battle with cancer this year. Former recipient of Darian’s Gift Kira and her mother, Sarah Bailey, shared how the nonprofit helped them when friends didn’t really know how. Sara said she just needed someone to care for her dog while they were away on long-term cancer treatments. Darian’s Gift offered this kind of help and more. Kira created a photo for an auction that represented her appreciation for sunrises and sunsets.

During the lively event, travel, wine and even a Prince-signed purple guitar were auctioned off. Winners of the first golf tournaments were Mike Puentes, Lee Litvin, Rick Caudillo and Rudy Chavez.

Jeannette and Brad Moore and grandson Holden Blackman (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Guests attend the dinner and auction after the golf tournament (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Gregg King, president of Darian’s Gift, speaks at Darian’s Gift Golf Tournament (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Jan and Gabe Johnsen and Chad and Jennifer Montgomery (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Aaron Baker, Dan Leach, Dave Vogt and Jeff Glodt (Mary Louise VanNatta / Special for Salem Reporter)

Guests attend the dinner and auction after the golf tournament (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

About Darian’s gift: After the loss of their son Darian to bone cancer, Craig and Abby King founded the nonprofit 4Him2Day– Children’s Cancer Resource Foundation. The organization was founded in January 2010 to support local families in the treatment of childhood cancer. In 2016 they changed their name to Darian’s gift. Their website provides information for families when they are first diagnosed with childhood cancer and helpful resources along their journey. Since 2010, Darian’s Gift has supported more than 150 local families with children being treated for childhood cancer. In 2017, Darian’s Gift began receiving direct referrals from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Mary Louise VanNatta is a public relations professional in Salem and regularly writes about events for Salem Reporter.

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