Bob Goforth during a recent treatment at Waterford Cancer Center.

Relay For Life: Bob Goforth

Published June 8, 2021

Shipbuilder Bob Goforth (X83) has a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that took 24 years to receive a diagnosis. “How can I be considered a cancer survivor, if I haven’t beaten cancer yet?” he said. Goforth realized that he has survived many tests and treatments.

Goforth keeps a positive outlook and chooses to “make fun” of his cancer. He tried to use his cancer diagnosis to win a family monopoly game to no avail. He walked six miles in the Relay for Life and said his shiny new bald head created less resistance. He wears costumes to his infusions.

Yet, Goforth knows that cancer is not fun. He recently had a rough time with chemotherapy, but friends and family gave him the strength to fight back. Even sharing his story with fellow shipbuilders has lifted his spirits.

“Go forth and do something to make fun of cancer. I think you will feel better for it,” Goforth said. “Your body can do much more than you think, but you have to give it a chance by not giving up.”

NNS is a sponsor of the 2021 Peninsula Relay For Life, which will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on June 26 at Hampton Roads Academy. Visit the Relay For Life website or to donate, register, or join our team. For more information about registration and donation, contact Amy Prillaman (O93) or Jenn Cherry (O22).