CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – For the American Cancer Society, Don Guthrie was more than the weatherman. He was a valued volunteer who they say will be sorely missed. That’s why the organization plans to honor Don this summer.
Don’s battle with cancer was not just a story about him, but a way to bring awareness to thousands of others in our valley who are suffering with cancer, or don’t even know they have it yet.
In the months after he was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, Don Guthrie took viewers inside his treatments and his life and showed the uphill battle he was fighting against the disease.
And although he lost the battle, events such as the Wear Purple for Don Day the spaghetti dinner held in his honor all helped bring attention to the disease.
“By him telling his story to the thousands of people in this area, it was just amazing and brings so much awareness and helped us with our early detection and awareness programs,” said JoAnn Crank, senior director with Relay for Life.
That’s one of the reasons the American Cancer Society is honoring Don. Before he died, organizers for the Tri-County Area Golf Classic asked Don to be their honoree at the event this summer, and he agreed. Now, the classic will be held in his name.
“We felt we were the ones honored for him to help us in the fundraising effort,” said Tim Shaffer, committee chair, 2015 ACS Tri-County Area Golf Classic.
Shaffer says the lasting gift Don left is knitting the community together for a cause. And even though he won’t be at the event, his legacy will live on.
“It is an opportunity to celebrate the man and again celebrate his connection to the community. I think it will be a joyous time. It will be a time Don’s spirit will be present,” Shaffer said.