Speaker: April DeFalco-Rempfer

Surfside Beach, SC

Friday, February 16, 2018 —  

 

April shares her story in memory of her father, Bill Rempfer.

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

Family: One of six Rempfer children

Occupation: Defalco’s Automotive & Towing

Father diagnosed with lung cancer: June 2016

Diagnosis: Stage IV non small cell lung cancer with metastasis to the liver and bones

Gene mutation: Unknown

 

 

If you’ve spent any time on the roads and highways around Myrtle Beach, you have probably seen DeFalco’s Automotive & Towing trucks. They’ve been helping stranded motorists for years. Bill Rempfer was the owner, along with his wife, Cheryl, behind both DeFalco’s South Carolina and New Jersey branches.

Bill was a larger-than-life, strapping man: a former New Jersey police officer and a active community member who passed away at the age of 66 in November 2016. Today, his youngest daughter, April, carries on her father’s legacy through her work raising awareness of lung cancer.

April coordinated a special project in 2017 where two DeFalco tow trucks were wrapped with Lung Cancer Foundation of America graphics as a tribute to her father and a fundraiser for LCFA. The Rempfer family wanted to use the trucks that help motorists day and night and are seen by thousands of people each day to honor their father’s legacy and raise awareness of the need for increased lung cancer funding.

“Bill Rempfer, my daddy, was a selfless man who helped many in need and gave back to the community through his support of local churches, youth sports teams and local and state police and fire departments,” said his daughter April, one of six Rempfer children. “We’re honoring his hard work, dedication to his family and his businesses with this project.”