Dan Liss never gave up, whether he was wrestling for
Bridgewater-Raritan or wrestling with the cancer that eventually took his life
at the too young age of 22.
And his family and friends are not giving up either, as they are sponsoring the fourth annual “Torbethon” a 5K walk/run & family fun event that will benefit those affected by cancer or other terminal illness and the organizations that provide vital services to those people.
The Torbethon, hosted by the Daniel T. Liss Memorial Fund, will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at North Branch Park on Milltown Road.
Dan, a Bridgewater-Raritan graduate and a champion wrestler, went on to attend Rider University. At the end of his junior year, while studying abroad in Spain, Dan’s health began to decline. He visited eight other countries and skydived in the Alps. In May 2010 Dan returned home and soon was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Despite several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, his condition quickly worsened. On August 10, 2010, Dan Liss passed away at the age of 22 years old.
“Our family, and Dan, received an outpouring of support after his diagnosis and death and we wanted to pass that on,” said Jennifer McKay, Dan’s sister, who oversees the fund. “We live every day with losing Dan, but we want others to have that same support and love.
”Dan, even at the young age of 22, was selfless and cared so much about others. We want his legacy to continue and be there for others that need us. The pain from losing Dan never dulls, but knowing his name is still making a difference makes us proud.”
Besides the 5K walk/run, the “Torbethom”nt offers fun for everyone, including raffles, music, food, clowns, petting zoo, face painting and lots of giveaways.
Registration for the walk/run is $25 per registrant. Registrants receive a Daniel Liss Memorial Fund tee shirt and $10 in raffle tickets. Anyone who pre-registers on the fund’s website, under ‘Events’ before Sept. 1, also is entered to win a Nook HD and will also be entitled to an additional $10 in raffle tickets.
All proceeds benefit the Daniel T. Liss Memorial Fund. Participants can register online or the day of the event. To register or donate online you can visit the website at www.danieltliss.wix.com/memorialfund. The Daniel T. Liss Memorial Fund is a fund, not a 501c3 organization. This means donations are not tax-deductible.
You can also find out more about the fund and event at www.facebook.com/daniellissmemorialfund