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What I learned from dying; How do I say thank you?

I learned several things this week, but the main thing is I learned it’s impossible to sufficiently say thank you when you’re being overwhelmed with love and support from your community. My thank yous simply can’t keep up with the outpouring of love and support.

From the first moment that people began to find out I had stage four esophageal cancer I’ve been inundated with nonstop support from people who are not just friends and family, but even people I barely know and some I’ve never even met.

I’ve had friends and neighbors mow my lawn, fix my broken shower and just stop by offering everything from house cleaning to help carrying things around the house. People have donated unbelievable amounts of money, both individually and as groups and churches, and Saturday a big softball tournament and car cruise-in raised more than $11,000 toward my bills. Unbelievable!

And it’s not just in terms of money or favors. I’ve gotten untold numbers of cards and letters of support, which continue to come in this long after my announcement, and I’ve had heartfelt in-person talks, some of which were with people I was just meeting for the first time.

How does one person say thank you enough for all of that? I could say thank you all day every day for the rest of my life and it could never be enough.

I’m forever, deeply and permanently grateful for everything everyone has done for me during this time.

I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve interviewed someone and they’ve mentioned how supportive Hancock County is, and although I’ve always known that factually, now I know it intimately because I’ve experienced the best the county has to offer.

But who am I to deserve any of this? I can tell you now that I don’t deserve any of it. I’m just some guy who got sick. I’m nothing special in this world and others bring more to the table than I could ever hope to.

There’s nothing I could do that would earn the right to the love and support I’ve gotten. For people to go out of their way, take their time, spend their time, energy and money, all on something for me? And they get nothing back for it? I’m humbled beyond words.

I’m struggling to find the words to even describe how difficult it is to say thank you enough and I could fill this entire paper with my attempts, so perhaps I should end the same way I began this.

Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart to everyone in this community. I love you all.

By Dave Taylor




  1. Your very close friend on September 8, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I love you Dave. You’re not just a guy who got sick. You’re an exceptional human. Anybody can be “just a guy who got sick”. Medicare for all would fix this and save everyone who donated a lot of money. That’s what humanity is all about.

  2. David Kerr on September 22, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Dave you are worth everything this community has given you! Don’t ever forget that! Death is the worst part of our world. We hope that we will see each other on the other side. It’s scary, and I am sure you are in pain. But you are worth everything you have been given. God made you a special person and he sent all of the people in the county to ease your mind as you prepare to meet him. God bless you.

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