Danica’s Story: Living in the Now

On Christmas Eve in 2013, Kari noticed that something was a little off with her daughter, Danica. She was not her usual energetic and positive self. Instead, she was restless, crying, and felt so unwell that she didn’t even want to open her Christmas presents.

The following week, Kari and her husband took Danica to the pediatrician who sent her to the hematologist to test for cancer. On January 9, 2014 they received the heartbreaking news that their daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukemia- she was only 15 months old.

Danica had to receive aggressive treatment, several rounds of chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

“It was super surreal, but at the same time I felt peace,” says mother Kari. “Though I was crying on the cement floor, I thought to myself, I know we can do this.

Now 3 years old, Danica received her last chemotherapy on April 22!

She enjoys time with her siblings and playing with her family, like every child deserves.

“Dani inspires me every day to look at life through her eyes. She doesn’t know how to worry about the past or be fearful for the future. She knows how to live in the now,” says Kari.  Danica truly inspires us all.

“There are things that were placed in our path for a reason,” Kari suggests.

No child should have to know a life with cancer, so let’s join Dani and her family in the fight against childhood cancer.

Dani, and all other kids going through cancer, are why we fly. Every dollar you raise will help bring us closer to a cure. 

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