A Letter from Someone Whose Life Was Touched by Dan
April 2, 2001
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Fine,
My name is Meghan King. As a young girl I attended Camp Simchah in Middleton where Dan was a counselor. He touched my life in so many ways I cannot even begin to explain. A gentle giant, Dan was every camper's favorite including my own. I remember one summer when we played tag the entire summer; from the first day to the last when he jumped up on the bus and tagged me before we pulled away. Needless to say, I am still "it." I remember how he listened to everyone's stories no matter how irrelevant and showed every kid the attention they deserved. I admired him for his athletic ability, for I am an athlete myself. I even had a little crush on him as many of the girls did.
When I learned of his death, I was shocked and deeply saddened. Even though I had only known him for a few summers, I could still vividly remember him pushing me on the swings or even playing that crazy game of tag. I remember after the news of his death, I sat around with a few of my friends who had gone to camp with me, and we all shared our favorite Dan memories. He touched so many lives. I am now a counselor myself at Camp Simchah and I can only hope to touch as many lives as he did.
I was recently reminded of Dan's story in my Anatomy class at Bishop Fenwick High School. We watched your brief video on skin cancer and what it really is and how it effects our bodies. I know the video opened many people's eyes including my own. Skin cancer is an extremely dangerous disease and your hard work and dedication to Dan's cause is nothing short of admirable.
I just wanted to thank you for raising such a wonderful son. He was a wonderful person, a great role model and an exceptional counselor. I just wanted to share this story with you and express my sincerest gratitude. We all loved him!