Memorial fund is set for brain-tumor research
Those wishing to contribute to a brain tumor research fund in Dustin Keryan's name at Duke University may do so by sending a check to the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, DUMC Box 3828, Durham, N.C. 27710.
Dustin wasn't the only person to receive a degree posthumously during Youngstown State University's summer commencement, held today.
The family of Tim Taylor accepted his bachelor's degree in applied science.
Taylor, 42, of Girard, died July 29 of complications from surgery to treat a problem associated with his being in a wheelchair.
Taylor was born with water on the brain, which caused spinal cord damage, his brother, Brian, of Liberty, said.
Despite battling his illness, Tim worked for years toward his degree and would likely have received it this summer, Brian said.
Tim and Brian's father, Charles, aided Tim in seeking his degree by taking his son to school and pushing his wheelchair from class to class.
Had he lived, Tim wanted to eventually work in vocational rehabilitation, Brian said.
"A lot of folks helped him. He was looking forward to helping others," Brian said.