Some of you may already know who Daryl is. Some of you may have worked with him in the past, or met him at church, or cheered next to him at a Minnesota Twins game, or been lucky enough to stumble upon his impeccably curated Spotify page. Some of you may even have the good fortune of calling him a friend.
But in case you don’t know who Daryl Hiebert is, allow us to quickly fill you in:
Daryl Hiebert is one of the most remarkable human beings on the planet.
He is a man whose kindness, generosity, compassion, goodness and devotion know no bounds – to his friends, to his family members, to his wife, Corrie, and to his three beautiful, spirited and rambunctious daughters: Evangeline (5 years), Clementine (3 years) and Mirabel (8 months).
Daryl is also a man that is currently battling a rare and inoperable form of liver and bile duct cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and has been told by his doctors that people with this form of cancer, at this advanced stage, should be primarily focused on extending and enhancing whatever months or years they have left.
Over the past six months, Daryl has spent countless hours in the hospital dealing with infections and complications caused by the cancer, meeting with doctors and oncologists, and receiving treatment. Through it all, he has been his typically resilient self: Relentlessly positive, fiercely determined, cautiously hopeful. But it hasn’t been easy. The weekly – sometimes daily – hospital trips, the need to be at home recovering and regaining strength, all of it has taken a serious toll.
We have set up this GoFundMe page to provide Daryl, Corrie and their three daughters with peace of mind as they navigate the journey ahead. The severity of Daryl’s cancer means he is unlikely to return to work, and Corrie has her hands full juggling three young daughters (including a newborn), travelling with Daryl to his many appointments and providing him increased support and care at home. There is a very real and pressing financial need in their lives at this moment in time, and we have created this page to offer our support.
We are also putting together a benefit concert to celebrate Daryl’s contributions to the local music scene and to help raise some additional funds for the family. Daryl is a man who loves music more than anything in life (other than Corrie and his girls, obviously!). Over the past decade, he has worked with legendary Winnipeg recording artists such as Steve Bell, Scott Nolan, William Prince and Don Amero. He has designed album covers, built websites, overseen photo shoots, helped create music videos, provided strategic marketing support – and the four of them want to show their appreciation by holding an event in his honour.
BENEFIT CONCERT WITH STEVE BELL, SCOTT NOLAN, WILLIAM PRINCE AND DON AMERO
‘Brother Love: An Evening of Song in Support of Daryl Hiebert’ will take place on Thursday, April 18 (7:30pm) at Covenant Christian Reformed Church (653 Knowles Ave.). Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at Steve Bell's website (click on this link) , with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Daryl and Corrie.
Daryl Hiebert has given so much to so many people over the years, and he will continue giving with every ounce of strength that he has, for as long as he has, because that’s just the kind of profoundly beautiful person that Daryl Hiebert is.
Now it’s our turn to give back to him.
Thank you in advance for whatever you are able to offer Daryl and his family. He and Corrie want everyone to know that your generosity, well-wishes, kind thoughts and supportive prayers are all truly and deeply appreciated. (Funds will be received under his wife's name, Corrie Van Aertselaer.)
Below is a photo featuring album covers that Daryl has designed for local Winnipeg artists.