A Fundraiser to fight brain cancer in Memory of Doug Wyatt

Team Fundraising Goal: $5,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 44
Total Value of Gifts: $3,259.00

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Doug Wyatt, 54, died February 9, 2009 at his Savannah home just 11 days after learning he had a cancerous brain tumor.

On Friday, September 4 Doug's Savannah friends and family will be at the First Friday for Folk Music concert to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society in Doug's honor. The concert will be held at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 520 E. Washington Ave. This would not be possible without the generous support of the Savannah Folk Music Society. Two bucks get you into a great concert; once inside you'll have the opportunity to learm more about the deadly form of brain cancer --glioblastoma forma--that killed Doug. You can make a donation to the National Brain Tumor Society which support research about this cancer and support families whose loved-one have it.

A bit about Doug:

The Nashville, Tenn., native spent his life in the arts, as a writer, playwright, traveler, book reviewer, music aficionado and composer.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Wyatt made his living in newspapers, mostly writing feature stories and columns on local arts, entertainment and culture.
"Doug was a newspaper Renaissance Man," said former Savannah Morning News executive editor Rexanna Lester. "He could do it all - report, write, edit, layout. He could write about classical music as easily as he could describe a street festival. Putting out a newspaper was in his blood."

Wyatt was the second of four children born to Joanne and Eugene Wyatt, of Nashville. He got his start in journalism at age 14, working in the newsroom of The Tennessean, where his father was a features editor.
After graduating from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University), Doug Wyatt worked odd jobs, wrote stories and reviews for various publications, and launched his lifelong passion for globe-trotting.
"Any money he got, he spent on traveling," said his sister, Celeste Martin, of Nashville.
In 1992, Wyatt joined the Savannah Morning News, where he worked until 2003 and then again from 2006 to 2008. Former colleagues remembered Wyatt for his artistic range, from a feature story on the scientific validity behind the "5-second rule" to a dual review of a monster truck rally and a symphony performance.
"He could tell a heartbreaking tale about some old musician in Nashville, and then turn it around and crack a joke so funny, and so well-placed, you couldn't help but laugh," said former arts and entertainment reporter Joel Weickgenant.
On the side, Wyatt enjoyed writing plays, composing music, exploring the outdoors, and traveling abroad with his wife of 12 years, Gail Krueger.
Although Wyatt was best known for his humor, he excelled just as well at expressing solemnity, said Krueger, also a former reporter at the Morning News.
In a 2005 column following the bombing of a London subway station, Wyatt stated his resolve not to be frightened out of returning to the city.
"Thursday morning, barbarians came to the peaceful square, blowing apart one of London's trademark double-decker buses, showering the sidewalks with bloody, tattered flesh," Wyatt wrote. "All because various fools claim a patent on the Truth, and would tell everyone else what to believe, and how to live."
"Doug was a very, very funny man, but he was also a very, very serious man," Krueger said Tuesday.
Brain tumor discovered
On Jan. 29, Wyatt was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he soon learned he had an aggressive brain tumor known as glioblastoma muliforma - the same diagnosis issued for U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.
Even while lying in the intensive care unit, Wyatt's spirits remained high and jokes flew until the cancer left him unable to communicate.
"What I appreciate most about Doug was his ability to laugh at - and make others laugh at - the wonderful silliness of being human," friend Eugene Downs said. "How absolutely characteristic that he entertained us with one-liners and anecdotes while he was in neuro ICU."
Besides his wife and his sister, Wyatt is survived by two brothers, Griff Wyatt and Philip Wyatt, both of Nashville, Tenn., and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He died just three hours after being transported home under the care of hospice workers.
"He was surrounded by the things he loved," Krueger said, "his books, his music, his photographs, his family."

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