Local stays active to fight cancer
February 24, 2012
Diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney Cancer in December of 2011, Chris Sherwin had his right kidney removed in January, according to his wife Kathy Sherwin. Her husband is recovering from the surgery, but has also joined her mountain biking and skiing.
"His body healed up faster than expected. We’re paving our own path because that’s what we do and that’s what we’ve always done," Kathy said, adding that at 38 years old, it’s hard to believe that cancer could affect them.
Chris is a mountain host at Deer Valley Resort during the winter and teaches at the Winter Sports School in the summer. He’s made an impact on the community, Kathy said, adding that she’s amazed at the number of friends who have rallied around them.
The Sherwins’ friends have organized a fundraiser scheduled this Saturday to help raise money for Chris’ medical bills. Kathy said friends have also set up a Zion’s bank account in their name and a page on the "Don’t Worry Be Happy" Foundation site where people can make donations in Chris’ name and receive a "Don’t Worry Be Happy" t-shirt.
"We’re just trying to count our blessings while we can. These are all things that people have come to us and done. They don’t even ask me, they just made the date (for the fundraiser) and said this is what we’re doing."
Kathy has been a professional cyclist for more than 10 years and says in some ways her career has helped her maintain a positive attitude.
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"It’s almost like my career was like training," she said. "But you can never be prepared for something like this. You hear that cancer doesn’t discriminate I guess we’re living proof of that."
Chris recently qualified for a double-blind trial at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, in Salt Lake City, and will be taking a pill every day for one year. According to Kathy, Chris doesn’t know whether he is taking the actual medicine or a placebo.
"This is the ups and downs of the cancer, where I can talk about it, and then it gets you," she said. "He’s the absolute love of my life and my soul mate. All you can do is take it day by day. I get that now. Every day is different."
For more information about the Sherwin’s or to make a donation visit the "Don’t Worry Be Happy" Foundation website at http://www.dwbhshirts.com and type "Chris Sherwin" in the search box.