South Surrey man leaves behind a ‘legacy of inspiration’

Eric Dorchester passed away this month after lengthy cancer battle.

South Surrey's Eric Dorchester passed away April 16

The life of a young Peninsula man who bravely fought cancer for years will be celebrated this weekend.

Eric Dorchester, 23, passed away April 16, nearly five years after he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, the same cancer that claimed the life of Terry Fox.

In 2013, a year after Dorchester lost his leg below the knee, he spoke to Peace Arch News about the experience and how his determination allowed him to still snowboard, wake board and rock climb.

“Other than being able to sprint, I’m just as mobile as ever,” Dorchester, an Earl Marriott grad, said at the time. “I don’t know if I would go back and change it all. It’s probably made me a better person.”

In announcing his passing on social media, Dorchester’s older brother, Guy, wrote of Eric’s positive outlook and how he inspired those around him.

“Eric has left behind him a legacy of inspiration from all the lives he has touched through unyielding laughter and unwavering positive attitude.”

A celebration of Dorchester’s life is planned for this Saturday (May 2) from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cascades Convention Centre, 20393 Fraser Hwy.j, Langley. His family welcomes anyone whose life he may have touched to take part in the event.

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