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Derick Palmer – DERICK STRONG!
Derick Wayne Palmer, always knew how to bring a smile to anyone’s face. He was brought into this world five weeks premature on October 9th, 2006 in a Sicilian hospital in Catania, Sicily. His parents, Dirk and Gina, brought the adorable baby boy home to his older sisters, Alexis and Mikaela, and his furry big brother Yankee. He was the perfect combination of his mama and dad. His love of sports inherited from his dad and his sense of humor from his mom. Derick’s contagious smile and wittiness brought a lot of happiness to his family- the kind of happiness that they did not even know they were missing.
Derick was the ultimate boy. He loved hitting baseballs off of a tee, throwing rocks down a storm drain, pushing his Hot Wheel cars down tracks for hours, and his favorite thing of all; flirting with all of the ladies. He was an all around athlete, playing baseball, football, basketball, and even competing in a kid’s triathlon by the age of five. Derick loved challenging everyone to the games of Monopoly and War, making every opponent groan in defeat by the end of the first round. Nerf guns were one of Derick’s biggest passions. Whether at the hospital, at home, or the biggest Nerf War in Portsmouth, Virginia, he was always prepared for battle. His witty personality allowed him to keep up with his older sisters. Eventually, Derick surpassed them with his quick thinking words, always being sure to finish the conversation with, “you stink,” even after his treatments started.
In the spring of 2013, Derick was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a fight that he stood tall against for years. During treatments, there were more good days than bad. His average day usually consisted of school, playing with friends, laughing, and just being a kid. He found the good in the bad, when he got lemons he made lemonade, and never complained about his treatments. When Derick’s cancer relapsed, he accepted it and continued fighting on until his body could not fight anymore.
Derick served as an advocate for other children with similar circumstances, always willing to speak to the kids about treatments and showing them and their parents that they have to be brave. He always volunteered selflessly whether it was to raise money for a cure or help those in need.
Derick was a magnet with a big heart that drew in everyone around him. He was stronger, bigger, and braver than cancer could ever be. His loving and fighting spirit will live on in everyone who was touched by his incredible life. Live your life DERICK STRONG.