David returned from a skiing trip to Colorado in January 2011 when he fell in the floor of his bathroom. Raymond said he helped David up and they went to the hospital. Doctors at University Medical Center had him transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was diagnosed with cancer.
The doctor said, David, you have cancer number four and you have it in your pancreas, intestines and liver and youve got one month to live, Raymond recalled, adding He made it five months.
When Raymond and David returned home from the hospital, Raymond said his son went to their piano and played the hymn Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. Raymond said his son clung to his faith and that he would someday be in paradise.
I sat there and held his hand for 20 hours until he was gone, Raymond said.
Although his son passed almost a year ago, Raymond said he still has the pleasure of hearing his sons voice, thanks to a Fathers Day card David gave him one year. The card plays a recorded message from David every time it is opened.
He said, You keep the home fires burning and Dad, I love you, Raymond said.
Raymond said the donation comes from his preparations to leave this world before his son. He set up a life insurance policy so that David could live comfortably when Raymond passed away.
But now, Raymond said he knows David would want that money to be spent helping other people.
Once David passed away, he wanted to do some things in his honor, said Bill Bryson of Axa Advisors, who is Raymonds financial advisor.
Raymond said his son wouldnt want any major recognition at the Wilson County Relay for Life event tonight behind Wilson Bank & Trust on West Main Street.
I know David wanted money to be used like that, Raymond said.
Team Captain Chair for Wilson County Relay for Life Maliea Oakley accepted the donation on the organizations behalf and said it was the largest donation ever received by the local Relay for Life.
Its unusually large. I dont know if weve ever gotten a donation that large from any single individual, Oakley said.
The Relay for Life event will begin tonight at 6 at the field behind the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust located at 623 West Main Street in Lebanon.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.