Dan Stroeh ’01 was a freshman when he heard the news: large tumors on his spine and in his pelvis. The diagnosis: eurofibromatosis. At 19, Stroeh (pronounced STRAY) had a painful and incurable disease.
His lifelong dreams of acting, of being on stage, of galvanizing audiences with his natural talent seemed over. But the faith-focused Stroeh fought back, and in the process rediscovered himself and his passion for writing.
He wrote about his struggle, and he chronicled his condition with brutal honesty and humor.
Those once blank pieces of paper soon became a 41-page play, and with it, Stroeh returned to the stage, receiving the highest honor awarded to a graduate or undergraduate playwright in the country along the way.
Follow this nationally recognized playwright as he turns tragedy into triumph and proves indeed it is no desert.