Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Next Steps

Thank you to all have reached out- it is a great help to hear all the funny and touching stories about Dan. I still plan on using the blog for myself and to communicate about NCCF. I hope you'll humor me. I miss my buddy, as I am sure many of you all do. I look forward to seeing many of you later this week.

Please find details regarding the funeral arrangements below.

Dan’s funeral mass will be at Friday March 20th at 11 am.

There will be a visitation period in the Church prior to the mass for anyone wishing to pay their respects to Dan. The visitation will begin promptly at 10am.

Please do not send flowers to the Church as it is during Lent, and flowers are not permitted.

St. Jane de Chantal
9525 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

After the mass, we hope that you will join us at a reception to honor Dan.

Positano Ristorante Italiano
4940 Fairmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Dan will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony in Harrisbug, PA on Saturday.

Special Request:
Dan requested that people wear yellow and green on this day. He didn’t feel that suits were necessary either.

Yellow to honor his belief in the LIVESTRONG message from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Green to honor the National Collegiate Cancer Foundation. And it is his favorite color.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like people to direct donations to NCCF.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
PO Box 14190
Silver Spring, MD 20911


Anonymous said...

Our prayers will be with you on Friday 11:00am and in my country Ecuador there will a Mass on Saturday March 21st.6:30am. May all the families find Peace, the peace Danny wanted for all of us...hugs and more prayers ..

Anonymous said...

Dear Meg,
I am wearing my yellow bracelet and have for the past 2 years....as well as a bracelet for John.....his is white. You are an amazing person and as I said about Dan, someone who people are just simply lucky to have in their life! I hope our paths cross at some time in our lives.
Jenny Atkinson (John Atkinson's sister in law)

Lisa Auslander said...

I truly wish I could be there. My thoughts will definitely be with you and they have been and will continue to be with Dan. I miss my buddy too.

Anonymous said...

From the other side of the ocean (I'm a Belgian friend of EJ and Holly's)I've been following up on the eloquently written entries on your blogspot. You have a strenght that is truly inspirational, I am in awe. Tomorrow, during the funeral mass, a candle for Dan will be burning here in Ghent as well.
All the very best
Reine de Laat

Anonymous said...

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, most especially on Friday. Dan was such an inspiration to anyone who knew him. He will certainly be missed but most obviously never forgotten. It is men like him that make this world such a great place. I will be wearing green and yellow on Friday to honor his life. If there is anything I can do here at Trinity High School, please let me know. I will do my best to accomplish it.
Most Sincerely,

Coach Geisel

Anonymous said...


I will be out of town and unable to attend but will have a moment of prayer for Dan at that time. My organization highlighted the org. that Dan founded twice in our newsletter because we believed in his work. I was always interested in hearing him talk about his work because he believed he was truly making a difference -- and i believed that as well.

As i shared with some of Dan's colleague this week, Dan and I constantly talked sports and even joked about the Duke/Carolina rivaly. I believe vehemently that Duke won the ACC title this past Sunday for Dan. It all makes perfect sense to me.

Jay Ingram

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the details about the Friday services--you're so good to your blog family even in the throes of this difficult time--this "next step" as you say.

And speaking of "next steps", well, I know that you will get through this Friday and the day after and through every other day that follows--for you have such a powerful internal willfulness and a vibrant spirit and love of life that will not only see you through these "next steps", but will be your internal force to continue to embrace life fully. Yes, I know you are and will continue to live that inspiring message of Danny Waeger--your buddy, your partner, your beloved. He might have teed off and is in play right now, but Dan is with you, Meghan; he's with you and smiling that one and only infectious WWW smile.

I hope you feel his loving, inspiring presence every day with each step that you take as you travel your way onward.

peace and love, cousin Paula

Gerstner Family said...

I will also honor Dan in China this Friday with yellow, green and prayers. Our love and best wishes to you and the Waeger family,


Anonymous said...

I always told Dan and all the other students in my Investment class that "you can make more money in a one hour wedding ceremony than you can make the rest of your life." With him as inspiration, I need to change that now to: "money doesn't really matter; my life is far richer and more rewarding because I knew a person, like Dan.

God bless him.

Anonymous said...

Dear Meg,

Our only regret is that we didn't get a chance to meet Dan yet - we'll have to wait until we all meet at some Irish Pub in the future ! Keep your chin up, Meg; we're thinking of you and love you.

"Aunt Mary" and "Uncle Finn"

Anonymous said...

I have been blessed to have known Dan. You will be missed greatly and never forgotten. Tee one up for me!

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I came across the announcement on Wagner's website. You and Dan did such a great job with your website and keeping everyone informed of your lives throughout the battle. Both of you are very courageous and inspiring.

I lost my husband, Bob Balut, 2 years ago to colon cancer (he was 32 years old). Our son, Aidan, was almost 2 years old at the time. Bob was also affiliated with Wagner College. I'm sure they knew each other (Bob worked in Sports Information at Wagner and then with the NEC).

I was reading your recent posts and I completely understand and agree with how you feel. Nothing anyone says will ever make you feel better but knowing that you have so many people caring and thinking of you will hopefully help. I hope you also find comfort in knowing that there are many people out there who truly understand what you are going through - unfortunately you are not alone. Such an awful loss at such a young age. Take care of yourself (ridiculous statement but throughout the grieving process its very difficult to do). You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. May Dan rest in peace and always be with you.

Erica Balut

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your families. I had been informed about the blog and I have on my yellow running shoes and green shirt today.

Kalisa Owens said...

I am proudly wearing Green & Yellow today in honor of an incredible man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families today