My Story

Dan Springer lost his battle with cancer on September 28, 2011. If you would like to contribute to a Technical Theatre Scholarship Fund in Dan's honor, please mail donations to Melissa Alpers-Springer, 1645 N Golf Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202 or click here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HAG4W3NARZYNC

Dan Springer touched many lives as an educator at the University of Missouri and as an artist in the Columbia art scene. In 2009, doctors diagnosed Dan with stage four esophageal cancer. He was given very little hope that he would make it more than a year, but two and a half years later he far exceeded anyone’s expectations.

He sought every treatment available, but Dan lost his battle with cancer on September 28, 2011. If you’d like to learn more about Dan’s journey, you can read the entries on this website.

Because Dan touched the lives of so many theater students, his family would like to establish a Technical Theater Scholarship Fund. If you would to contribute to this fund, please click on the following PayPal link: 

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HAG4W3NARZYNC

Donations to the fund can also be mailed to Melissa Alpers-Springer, 1645 North Golf Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202.

Thank you for your generosity,
Family and friends of Dan Springer

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The preliminary PET scan showed the cancer is back in a couple of spots in the liver and some lymph nodes. The rollercoaster continues. Dr. Hossain has suggested a ... Read more

Nancy Alpers posted a new journal entry.

As the summer progresses, so does Dan. We've cut back on the litres of fluid we give him from two to one daily. We're can do this because he is able to drink enough to ... Read more

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Dan is coming up on three weeks of chemo-free living! He's been walking a mile most days and has been working two to four hours at least four days a week. He says his ... Read more

Nancy Alpers posted a new journal entry.

Dan has finished with chemo! And now he expects to feel better little by little every day.He has been going in to work for two to four hours nearly every weekday and is ... Read more

Nancy Alpers posted a new journal entry.

Dan started his last round of chemo yesterday at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Hooray! He was infused with two chemo drugs, along with a myriad of other drugs to combat the ... Read more

Nancy Alpers posted a new journal entry.

Dan began the second round of chemo after his break from treatment (which makes this the fifth cycle overall since the cancer was found in his liver in January). The PET ... Read more

Nancy Alpers posted a new journal entry.

Dan's first week after restarting chemo has been pretty good. Partly this has been due to lower dosage chemo, but part has been due to better management of symptoms. ... Read more

Nancy Alpers posted a new journal entry.

We got some good news yesterday. The unofficial results of Dan's PET scan showed no cancer in the lymph nodes or liver. Hooray! Dr. Hossain said he hadn't expected these ... Read more

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Today is our 26th wedding anniversary! Best decision I ever made. Read more

Nancy Alpers posted a new journal entry.

We had a great time in Springfield this weekend for daughter Emily's senior fashion show. Dan had a lot of energy for the festivities, so much so that I had to make him go ... Read more

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