Danny’s Story: Giving in Spite of Chemo

Each June, we fly for kids and families affected by cancer. Through efforts like Time to Fly, we believe we will find a cure so that children like Danny can lead healthy lives as survivors.

In September of 2015, Danny’s parents, Jackie and Paul, noticed that their son was extremely tired, severely depressed and that dark spots were appearing on his scalp. They knew something wasn’t right. On September 22, their family received the devastating news that Danny was diagnosed with high risk t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia.

Completely unprepared for this diagnosis, the words Paul and Jackie clung to were “highly treatable”. Danny was immediately admitted into the hospital and his family began the unfamiliar journey with leukemia.

Danny endured chemotherapy and spinal taps, while also battling burns on his esophagus. He required a feeding tube for several weeks due to severe weight loss from treatment. Through it all, Danny has shown courage and strength. He’s now in the next phase of his treatment, an even more intense chemotherapy. Through it all, he’s decided to be an advocate for childhood cancer research by sharing his story with his classmates and people around the nation. Even when he’s in the hospital, Danny maintains a giving attitude. In fact, he brings Reese’s peanut butter cups for his nurses.

Kids like Danny are why we fly.

Together, with fundraisers like you, we can create a world without childhood cancer.

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