Episode #3 When The Weight Crushes
“We only have one life and it’s precious. Let’s be the best people we can be to our loved ones, because when it’s said and done, that’s what it’s all about.”
Dave DeLong had a perfect life as a star athlete, track coach, teacher, and family man. His world came apart after losing his first son to leukemia. Then his second son was diagnosed with the same disease. Through years of trying to save his boys, he turned to food for comfort, until…he developed diabetes. He learned that he couldn’t help anyone if he didn’t take care of himself.
Listen to this Hero’s Journey where Dave candidly shares what it takes for a marriage to survive grief and loss and why many couples break apart.
(see photos below)
Dave DeLong has been teaching high school algebra and coaching track and cross-country for over 35 years while living in Southern California. This father of four met his biggest challenge when his eldest son, Justin, died at the age of fifteen from leukemia. Six years later, his youngest child, Jacob, was diagnosed with the same kind of leukemia. Thankfully he is now a healthy teen attending college. While enduring every parent’s biggest nightmare, in the midst of grief, Dave managed to coach his teams to over seventy league, CIF and state championships as well as has guided many nationally ranked athletes. He was voted Teacher of the Year at Canyon High School in 2008. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 35 years! Dave at 57 years old and 18 years removed from the death of his son, is at peace knowing Justin fulfilled his soul purpose. He will see his son down the track of life at the finish line!
THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY THESE GENEROUS PATRONS:
GENE & SUSAN MILLER • JOHN & KAREN FERRARO • ROBIN SEVERN-FISCHETTE • PETER & SUSAN SVENSK