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Kevin Daniell serving as 2022 chairman of Can’t Never Could


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 25, 2022 - 5:00 PM

Kevin Daniell serving as 2022 chairman of Can’t Never Could

The Newnan Times-Herald

The local nonprofit Can’t Never Could Inc. has announced that Kevin Daniell is serving as its 2022 chairman.

A CNC board member prior to that, Daniell was a friend of founder Rob Estes and got to know him at Newnan’s First United Methodist Church as well as through Bible study and mission work.

“Rob and I did IronMen Bible study together on Wednesday mornings,” Daniell said, and that was a Bible study that Rob frequently mentioned as being important to his spiritual growth.

“We did a mission trip to Brazil together,” he added.

Daniell, an account manager with North Georgia Brick Co., Inc., said he also got to know the family by leading Rob’s children, Robert and Sara Ashley, in confirmation classes at their church. Daniell moved to Newnan in 2004, and when his family moved again in 2014 and built a home, Sean Miller with Rob’s landscaping company actually drew up the landscaping plan.

In August 2013, Rob was diagnosed with Grade IV glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. After the removal of a five-centimeter tumor in his right frontal lobe, he lived on for more than four years, and during his fight with glioblastoma, Rob and his family realized the importance of faith, community, perseverance and hope.

They also realized the importance of helping others in their times of adversity, so in 2013, Rob and his wife, Christi, started a nonprofit to help those facing similar challenges. The name “Can’t Never Could” was inspired by Rob’s mother. He said that when he was growing up and complained about something he couldn’t do, his mom would always reply, “Can’t never could.”

Daniell noted that Rob’s family has led CNC for many years now, and the time was right for new leadership.

“They’ve all been the backbone,” he said. “They wanted to get some new eyes in there and some fresh minds. I think it’s going to be a positive thing for the organization going forward.” He noted that “they’re still going to be involved,” but family members will no longer have to rely on themselves for the leadership, as other non-family members are stepping up to the plate as well.

Daniell says he’s agreed to serve a one-year term. He and his wife, Julie, have a junior in high school and a freshman in college, and he wants to make sure he has the time needed to do the job and do it well. “If I’m going to do something, I want to do it right,” he said.

One thing Daniell hopes to achieve is to help the public know that while Can’t Never Could was founded because of Rob’s brain tumor, CNC “is broader than that,” and he hopes to dispel the idea that CNC is only about brain cancer or even cancer in general. He says the group aims to help anyone who is “in a battle that they didn’t plan on being in. It’s people facing adversity.”

At the same time, he doesn’t want to lose sight of why CNC was started. “We all loved Rob. We all love his family. We want to do all we can to honor his life and all we can to honor his legacy.”

For more information, please visit cantnevercouldinc.com.