My Rotary Moment: Denny Dynes

Not too long ago, Rotarian Denny Dynes went on what he thought would be a routine doctor’s appointment. Little did he know that he, his wife and kids would soon learn that he had cancer. His doctor reassured him that he had a very good chance to live a normal life with a little assistance from chemotherapy.

A few weeks later, Denny was showered in cards, notes, emails, and calls from his fellow Rotarians. “That is my rotary moment. I can’t believe the support I’m getting from this group, I’ve been a Rotarian for more than 30 years and I didn’t realize how many friends I had.”

Fortunately, all the reports for the last four to five months show that Denny is doing excellent and he’s eating this rapidly. While he still has a little bit to go, he’s taking his time. A lot of his positive outlook is due to the encouragement and camaraderie he’s found with fellow Rotarian Bob Aldridge, who is also battling cancer and  going through chemo. “Bob has been my mentor in this program…he calls every two to three days and we talk about it. He told me to do two things – take one day at a time and don’t panic, don’t get overwhelmed.”

And that’s exactly what Denny’s doing – taking it one day at a time and fighting to reclaim a ‘normal’ life.