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Dan Duffy has been working in film, television, and radio for almost 20 years. Graduating from the Foundation Film program at the Vancouver Film School in 2000, he has been making documentaries, commercials, and short films since for companies big and small around the world. Prior to this, Dan spent five years as an assistant producer, sports director, production manager, and on-air talent for the nationally syndicated “Steve and DC Radio Show.”

He has won numerous awards in his career, including a Telly Award Winner, a seven-time Telly Award Finalist Winner, and an AIR (Achievement in Radio) award, with two other nominations.

In 2003, Dan was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. Through massive amounts of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, Dan was declared cancer free seven months after his diagnosis.

Dan wanted to change the way people looked at a cancer diagnosis, after his own experience left him wondering about several questions that he was unable to have answered during his fight. In 2010, he and his producing partner, Joe Farmer, founded The Half Fund, a mission dedicated to “lifting the veil on cancer” through the use of mass-media communications, such as movies and documentaries and books and music.

The Half Fund has achieved 501-(C)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service, and has received a strong endorsement from the American Cancer Society. The mission of The Half Fund is to “…remove the myopia associated with a cancer diagnosis…to give answers to questions before someone knows to even ask.” The Half Fund collects donations to give to artists with creative ways to spread cancer education. All proceeds from projects funded will be split in half: half going to a cancer charity of the artist’s choice, with half coming back to The Half Fund to give away to more artists.

Dan asked his wife Stephanie to marry him the day before he started chemotherapy. They have been married for over nine years, and they have two young sons, Sam and Ben. They live in St. Louis, Missouri.

Entries by Dan Duffy

68 Hours in Haiti, Part 3: The Orphanage

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:02 PM

One of the coolest places we visited in Port au Prince was an indoor market filled with artists and their wares. Todd immediately found one woman, Yvette, chatted her up, and talked her into letting him pay way less than her asking price for some Haitian toys for his kiddos....

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68 Hours in Haiti, Part 2: Downtown Port au Prince

(19) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 5:57 PM

I woke up to the sound of birds and faint traffic. It was a beautiful morning in Port au Prince, which, to be honest, I never would have imagined I would ever experience. The shower had better water pressure than I have had at most U.S. hotels, a rather nice...

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68 Hours in Haiti, Part 1: The Arrival

(9) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 6:02 PM

"Danny, we're goin' to Haiti." Todd Newton called my phone. He did not bother to say "hello" when I answered it. And, I thought he was joking.

"Excuse me? We're going where?"

"Haiti. We're going with Soles4Souls." I could hear the smile in Todd's voice. It was not reciprocated...

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I Ate the Elephant; I Lost Weight

(7) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 9:39 AM

"How'd you like to lose weight, Fat Ass?" asked my friend Subash right after Christmas this year.

The holidays had not been good to me. Scratch that -- the holiday food had not been good to me. Without my realizing, and we never realize, I had crept up my weight...

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Age Is a State of Mind; Mileage Is Not

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 10:18 AM

"Honey? Can I see the back of your shorts?" Stephanie and I were standing at the edge of a wave pool in suburban St. Louis County yesterday, watching Sam and Ben play with their friends James and Peter. They were playing "Baywatch," doing chest compressions by standing on each others...

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Live the Dream. Seriously. Live it.

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:48 PM

I am a homebody. My idea of a kick-ass Saturday night is to sit in our basement with Steph and our boys and watch any Harry Potter flick while eating popcorn and chocolate, and drinking a nice glass of vino.

This is especially true when I'm asked to do...

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I Do Not Subscribe to Survivor Guilt

(5) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 3:12 PM

When I was young, I was a pleaser because I thought that was the key to happiness. Someone would need something and I would say "yes," no matter what the personal cost. I wanted to be that go-to person because, honestly, I thought it would get people to like me....

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One Very Personal Stuart Scott Story

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:01 PM

I was playing around on Facebook when my partner in The Half Fund, Joe Farmer, sent me a PM.

"Did you hear about Stuart Scott?"

He didn't have to go any further. I immediately started crying for so many reasons: for my blindness, for my hypocrisy, for my conversion, and...

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How 'Santa' Changed Two Children With $100

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:29 PM

My friend Jeremy is an amazing soul. He's one of the funniest people I've ever met and always knows how to take a conversation just one step too far. He also has an amazing heart, never failing to help me and everyone at The Half Fund to further...

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When Broken Wind Healed My Broken Heart...

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:04 PM

"Dad! You've gotta see this!!"

Those are never words that strike a particular sense of calm in our house. They're usually followed by a loud noise of some variety, and possibly a form of toxic ooze consisting of precisely nothing relating to the periodic table.

"See what, Sammy?" I replied...

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To Whom Much Is Given...

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:15 AM

I should not be here today. There is not an "if," an "and," or a single "but" about it. I've been thrown out of a moving Jeep at 60MPH. I survived stage-three cancer. I can't begin to tell you how many scrapes I dodged, ducked, dipped, dived and dodged out...

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If You Could Choose How to Die, Would You?

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Do you know Brittany Maynard? You should. She is the woman whose story has gone viral, especially in the right-to-die community of which, admittedly, I am not a member.

I had only heard of this woman from headlines. I did not know much about her story... only that she...

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Say I Can't Do Something? Suck It.

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:19 PM

So I was grilling two of the loveliest pork tenderloins you've ever laid eyes on last night when I saw a gentleman walking around our soon-to-be new neighbor's soon-to-be house. I caught a glimpse of him over our fence line, but didn't think much of it. When he waved me...

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Chain Reaction

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:47 PM

I was a not-nice person in high school. My friends may have thought I was, but I really wasn't. As a late bloomer, and a geeky late bloomer at that, I had tremendous resentment for those who seemed to have it all together. And anyone who thought I had it...

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How the Irish Save the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:16 PM

There are few things that remind me that I had cancer like my yearly balltrasound, and it's exactly what it sounds like: one part testicle, one part warm jelly, and add a dash of ultrasound. Wand. Repeat. I'm heading for mine a half hour after I finish writing this blog.

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What You Never Knew About Loaves, Fishes, and Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:45 PM

So Steph and I and the boys decided to have a backyard camp out last Saturday. We had learned from previous camp outs that, as practicing Catholics, going to church after a camp out is not the most enjoyable experience. Usually, we're tired and in a fair amount of pain...

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Got Cancer? Build an Army.

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:28 PM

"There is someone you have to meet."

Those were the words of my friend, Jeremy, and normally when I hear those words, they rank about as high as the words, "Can you help me move?" Or, "Smell this."

Jeremy, however, is one of those rare birds who seems to have...

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Just What Do You Owe Your Doctor?

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:56 PM

So the last time I wrote a blog, it was a simple little list of things that I would have done differently through my own battle with cancer. Leave it to the kids at Stupid Cancer to take that list and turn it on its ear....

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A Few Things I Would Have Done Differently When I Had Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:10 PM

They say that hindsight is 20/20. They mean that once you look back at something, you can finally see it clearly. They... are liar holes.

It has been twelve years since I battled cancer, and when I look back at the whole sordid affair, I still have questions that I...

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What My Friendly Neighborhood Drug Dealer Taught Me About Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 12:06 PM

It was June 25th, 1999. I had been in Vancouver for a day and a half... the start of the rest of my life. I had moved to a different country with a different currency, different sensibilities, and different cultures. I had my car and a trailer with all of...

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