Meet the Team Behind the Mission
DC Strong Team Leaders
(AKA: The DC Strong Board Members)
Meet Larry Gonzalez:
Larry joined DC Strong initially to utilize multiple forms of media in ways to advocate and promote the work DC Strong does in a way that is difficult to compare. Following 3 years with the organization, Larry found himself more involved with day to day operations and the planning for DC Strong's future than ever thought possible. Now his main focus is to continue growing the DC Strong mission in a way that ensures the original goal of helping children across the country who are battling cancer, have a reason to keep fighting.
Meet Zach VerHage:
If people were pillars holding up a structure, Zach would be one of the sturdiest. As someone who comes from a competitive sports background, Zach knows to give it everything you have in everything you do. When trying to help kids stay positive and focused on winning the fight against cancer, Zach is an invaluable asset to the DC Strong team.
September 11, 1994 - October 11, 2017
What can be said about a kid who was dealt the worst hand in the deck but still managed to beat the odds? A Man who found that the best things in life were only attainable through helping others. A Friend who wanted every moment to be bigger than life itself. A Brother who shared so much of the things he loved. A Son who left a legacy that his family could be proud of for years to come. The answer? A lot. So much so that it would literally take over your life and make you want to spontaneously save the world! So rather than tell you about him, here is a look at his final thoughts on his first ever tour doing what he loved, helping kids just like him.
Much Love, Dustan. Rest in Peace, Brother.
Meet Kyle Veldt:
As a close friend to Dustan throughout grade school and beyond, Kyle has seen the battle against cancer firsthand. Witnessing the gift an organization like DC Strong had in way of bringing joy and happiness to children who had all but forgotten the feeling was enough to make Kyle want to do more. We are incredibly proud to have added Kyle to the DC Strong Team 3 years ago and now recognized as the Secretary of the Board. Expect great things.
Support Team Members
Mark has been a long time supporter of DC Strong and has a personally invested history with the organization. DC Strong put together a dream experience for his son, Kevin. Kevin passed away shortly after but as a result of the impact that day made, Mark and his family continually offered support and a desire to help DC Strong grow. Now as a member of the DC Strong Team, not only is Mark going to help raise funds but he will be involved in making dream experiences possible for children battling cancer across the country.
Care Package Team Members
The DC Strong Organizational Founders
Circa 2014: (From Left to Right) Larry Gonzalez, Dustan Colyer, Nate Smith, Zach VerHage