Darryl Worley and his namesake foundation recently helped two brothers in their battles against autism and seizures. Seven-year-old Wyatt Garrett and five-year-old Wayden Garrett recently met the star to thank him in person for the gift that helped them receive treatments at the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center in Jackson.
After meeting the family, Worley said, “I was blown away by the fact that these parents wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. They just kept pushing until they found something that would help their boys. Their faith and determination are great examples for all of us.”
While the Darryl Worley Foundation receives general donations and memorials throughout the year, most of its funding comes from Worley’s Tennessee River Run, held each September in Hardin County. This year it is planned for Sept. 13-15. Individuals can stay updated through www.darrylworley.com.
Worley also recently made a trip overseas to entertain the U.S. troops throughout Afghanistan and Kuwait. Since 2002, Worley has visited many of the forward operating bases (FOBs), but for his 10th tour, he wanted to visit the tiny and elite Special Ops sites where our military serving on the front lines rarely receive celebrity visits. The tour was sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Stars for Stripes (SFS).
Accompanying Worley on the tour was longtime friend and guitarist, Jeff “Soir” Jared, and Stars for Stripes President, Judy Seale. Seale, who founded SFS in 2003, helped make it possible for Worley to make the up-close and personal visits and says it’s a tour she won’t soon forget.
Worley’s closing performance of the tour took place in Kuwait at Ali Al Salem Air Base, referred to as “The Rock.” Following his 90-minute performance to a packed theater of more than 500 servicemen and women, Worley signed autographs and took photos before departing home to the states.
Now that Worley is back on U.S. soil, he will pick back up on his regular touring schedule, which includes performances next month during the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville and BamaJam 2012.