One Saturday this January, Daryl Grove flew to Florida with his wife, Shannon O’Neill, for a writers’ conference and vacation. Three days later, Shannon took him to the emergency department with severe stomach pain. The diagnosis was shocking and life-changing—stage IV colon cancer that has spread to his liver.
Suddenly, Daryl and Shannon faced a medical nightmare, hundreds of miles from their home in Richmond, Virginia. Daryl had a temporary procedure to relieve the pain and recovered for a week in the hospital before flying home. Daryl now faces surgery to remove the cancerous section of his colon and chemotherapy to treat his liver.
Daryl is a freelance writer and co-host of the Total Soccer Show, which he started in 2009 with Taylor Rockwell. Today, it’s one of the most popular soccer podcasts in the United States. Listeners know his English accent, positive energy and infectious laugh. Daryl is also a freelance writer and a founder and director of Richmond Street Soccer, a soccer team for people recovering from substance abuse.
Now it’s our turn to help heal Daryl. Any contribution you can make will help cover medical expenses, lost wages and other costs associated with his battle against cancer. He and Shannon live in Richmond’s Museum District with their English Labrador, Austin. Although their families are far away in England and Michigan, their support network is strong. Thank you for being an important part of it.