Event honors Darnell as well as Chris Anderson
by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Sixth Annual Seth Darnell Day is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Shady Grove Park.
Free food and drinks will be served to guests and a flag that flew over the Texas Capitol in Seth’s honor will be presented to the Darnell family, said event organizer Dr. Randy Mask.
David Bosquez, manager of Azle’s Dairy Queen and a close friend of Darnell, said he is working on plans to have an officer from the Texas Department of Public Safety on hand to present the flag to the Darnell family at noon during the event.
Proclaimed as a day to honor those who serve their community and give unselfishly of themselves to others, the event was born in remembrance of the smiling 19-year-old who fought – and many say won – a courageous battle with osteosarcoma.
The disease first appeared when Seth was a sophomore basketball standout at Azle High School and resulted in the amputation of his right leg.
But the plucky teen returned to play basketball both his junior and senior years at AHS with the use of a prosthetic.
Seth graduated tenth in his class, was named Mr. Azle High School by the faculty, and was voted “Most Giving” by his classmates.
Then, the cancer returned.
According to Mask, Seth began to realize he had a short time to make a difference, and he spent the final four weeks of his life bringing together 2010 United.
Formed on the principles of giving something back, making a difference for someone else and making the community better together, more than 100 sophomore members of the AHS Class of 2010 organized under Seth’s direction.
2010 United performed community service projects such as clearing brush for Central Park and painting the old weight room at the high school.
They participated in community events like Sting Fling and National Night Out, and held food drives for local pantries and parties for junior high students.
In the two years following Seth’s death on July 21, 2007, the group logged more than 3,000 hours serving the Azle community in honor of Seth.
Also fondly remembered on Seth Darnell Day is Chris Anderson, who was a 2010 United member and friend and classmate of Seth’s younger brother, Jared.
While in eighth grade, Chris’ classmates rallied the community and raised tens of thousands of dollars to assist the Anderson family with medical bills associated with a lung transplant for Chris – necessary because he had been born with cystic fibrosis.
Even with a new set of lungs, Chris died July 11, 2009 – on the second annual Seth Darnell Day.
Historically, members of the Azle City Council, Azle Independent School District Board of Trustees, administration and staff, and the Azle Police and Fire Department have attended and participated in the special day.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend in honor of Seth and Chris.