Peter was a healthy recent graduate of The George Washington University's Engineering School in 2008, when he took off for a seven-month journey in Australia, a trip for which he had planned and saved for many years. During his time there, he worked at a hostel and for a moving company to help pay for all the adventures he wanted to experience, such as skydiving, canyoning, surfing and scuba diving.
As Peter was about to return to D.C., where an apartment and job were waiting, he discovered an ulcer on his tongue. Peter was diagnosed, in August 2008, with an aggressive form of tongue cancer which had already spread to his lymph nodes. He immediately underwent surgery and courses of chemotherapy and radiation. However, Peter's cancer proved resistant to the treatments and the cancer returned, necessitating further surgery. Peter died just seven months after his diagnosis, unable to eat, drink or speak. He was 24 years old.
Peter was a gentle soul who loved life and lived each day of his too short life to the fullest. He will be remembered for his kind and compassionate nature, his confident moral conviction, his beautiful smile and above all, his deep love of family and his many friends. Peter was our precious son and brother whose death has left an unfathomable void in our lives. However, it was Peter's hope, and ours, that others would be able to learn from his death. We hope that this 5K Walk/Run in Memory of Peter McGee Hoffman will help fulfill Peter's wish.
Gary, Peggy, Kaitlin, Colleen and Mike