Dr. David Hurst. (File)
WACO (October 27, 2013) Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Emergency Room Director Dr. David Hurst died Saturday evening after a battle with cancer that was detailed in a blog and in Facebook posts followed by hundreds
of area residents.
He was 43.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Woodway at 101 Richie Road.
Hurst, who once served as Hillcrest’s ER director for 3 years, was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2011.
Doctors found a tumor the size of a golf ball in the frontal lobe of his brain.
Hurst underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy, but both times the tumor returned and eventually grew to the
size of a baseball.
Hurst entered hospice earlier this month and died peacefully at around 5 p.m. Saturday, his wife Dana said Sunday.
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center CEO Glenn Robinson called Hurst an inspiring individual.
"When that cancer hit, he challenged us all to be a better husband, a better father, and a better caregiver," he said.
"He really taught us all how to live and die courageously this past year."
The Facebook page and blog dedicated to updating the public about Hurst’s recovery reached thousands of
T-shirts and bracelets bearing the words “Team Hurst” were sold throughout Central Texas.
"My goal is to stand up and be the strong one who doesn't back down,” Hurst said in August.
“That's my goal and I think everyone sees that."
Hurst leaves behind his wife and two children.
A memorial service will be held for Hurst on November 2, at First Baptist Woodway Church at 10 a.m.