Damon Conner Swarthout, 16, of Beatrice, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Beatrice Community Hospital. He was born April 30, 1998 in Beatrice.
Damon was an avid Oregon Ducks fan. He enjoyed Hot Rods, skateboarding, playing video games, going for rides with his brother Eean and spending time with his special friends, Blake Paben and Chris Glover.
The words that come to mind for this young man are fun, tough, courageous and a inspiration to everyone.
Damon was first diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and went down a long road and thought that he has beat it. In January of 2014 he was diagnosed with cancer yet again. This time it was diagnosed as Ewing's Sarcoma. This is a cancer type that affects one in one million people, and less than two million cases are reported annually across the globe.
The thing about Damon is that it wasn't his diagnosis that made him different from other kids. He truly came through and became a hero of the heartland with his positive attitude throughout the whole thing.
Due to his limited mobility the family had to hire a tutor to come in and make sure that he would stay caught up with school. The treatment included many trips to Omaha Nebraska. The treatment included a weeks worth of pills and liquids in 21 days.
Even though the disease dominated his life as an early teen, Damon enjoyed going to sports games and watching them on television.
Damon never gave up hope and that is one thing that inspires my race team to do the best that they can every time we go out and race. Damon lost his life early to a disease but his memories will always be in our hearts. You will be greatly missed.
- Nominated by Charles Sykes