June 18, 1976 - July 15, 2018

July 15, 2019 was the one year anniversary that my beloved son’s beautiful soul left this earth.

After his near fatal injury in 1983, at the tender age of six, Dave faced many challenges but refused to allow his injury to define who he was as a person. Throughout his life his greatest challenge was to be loved and accepted for the person he was and not by his scars. Dave was often ridiculed, insulted, ostracized and mocked; however, through it all he walked with his head high with pride and confidence. He did not succumb to the weakness of others but tried to change the world one person at a time. He extended a smile and hand to everyone he met. He cared deeply for the welfare and civil rights of all humans regardless of their appearance, race, gender, or sexual orientation.

I have spent the past year traveling from coast to coast meeting Dave’s friends so I could find peace, joy and come to know first hand the love, kindness and acceptance he brought into this world. My inner desire was to discover the best and most fitting way to continue to pay tribute to and honor his beautiful life legacy of love, acceptance, tolerance and human kindness. Dave lived his life journey with grace, immense inner strength, courage and humility. He had a human body but his mind, heart and soul were Divine. Throughout his entire life, music, art, dance and writing provided a safe outlet to express himself and cope with life and its many challenges.

I reached out to Bob, Dave’s close friend and confidant for over 25 years. We shared thoughts and Bob suggested I research Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Florida regarding a scholarship in his name. I immediately cringed because school was not a safe or happy place for Dave due to bullying and exclusion; but with an open mind and heart I followed his suggestion. Bob was right! Dreyfoos School of the Arts has a fascinating history dating back to the 1940’s. The school promotes what was of utmost importance to Dave “freedom of expression”. Attending students are encouraged to express themselves through their God given talents. In return beauty, love, hope and acceptance are given back to the world through their art, music and writings that come from their inner spirits. I could not think of a more fitting tribute to honor Dave’s beautiful life and soul. With Bob’s help, I was able to establish the Hope’s Chance, Dave Dave Endowment at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The scholarship will benefit students facing financial hardship pursuing a career in the Arts.

If you are interested in donating to keep Dave’s legacy of love, strength, courage and human kindness alive, please visit www.soafi.org, click Donate Today (in upper right corner), fill out form with your name, address, etc. Towards the middle of page, there is a drop down entitled “Gift Designation” click, and select Hope’s Chance Dave Dave Endowment. All donations are 100% tax deductible. A receipt will be sent via the means of your choice (email, mail, etc.). Thank you. Marie Hafdahl, Dave’s Mom