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Danny woke up on June 27th, 2012 with a strong pain in his lower right abdomen … strong enough that he was taken straight to the ER. At first, we thought it was appendicitis (not the case). Blood tests showed elevated white cell counts and low platelets; subsequent tests had his primary physician talking to pediatric oncologists in Columbia Presbyterian in NYC. Less than 12 hours after he said his side hurt, we were checking into the Columbia Children's hospital. 


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The diagnosis is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and - because of his age and various other factors - the treatement has been an intense combination of chemotheraphy and direct-brain radiation.  Over the past 26 months, Danny has been hospitalized 7 times, almost died 4 times, experienced blood clots in his heart and lungs, and undergone four major surgeries to (successfully) save his leg after an infection. The entire program cost well over $2 million.

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Justin van Schaik posted a new journal entry, "DONE".

Dozens of surgeries. Four near-death events. Pulmonary embolism. Radiation. Endless pills, injections, missed birthdays, and constant pain. Two years, two months, and one ... Read more

Justin van Schaik posted a new journal entry, "DONE".

Danny had his last dose of chemo this afternoon ... YAY!! So much to say to everyone (but not tonight). Three more years of waiting and watching nervously for a ... Read more

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Maria Dunleavy signed Danny's Guestbook.

Dear Danny & Family,All of Team Dunleavy is sending you our positive energy as we prepare to kick-off our LLS 2014 Woman Of The Year campaign tomorrow! We can't wait ... Read more

Jared Cohen signed Danny's Guestbook.

Hey Danny!  I wrote you last month but wanted to check in again.  I heard you've been making some great progress.  It must be because you're so strong and brave- like a ... Read more

Maria Dunleavy signed Danny's Guestbook.

Dear Danny & Family,Team Dunleavy sends you positive thoughts and prayers as we prepare our campaign for LLS Man & Woman Of The Year in your honor.  We promise to ... Read more

jim richardson signed Danny's Guestbook.

HEY DANNY! MY NAME IS JIM RICHARDSON AND IM A COMPUTER DUMMY. I JUST TRIED TO POST A MESSAGE, SORRY IF U GET TWO!! I AM RUNNING FOR MAN OF THE YEAR IN YOUR HONOR!!! SORRY ... Read more

Jared Cohen signed Danny's Guestbook.

Dear Danny & Family,I wish you all the very best.  I'm working very closely with the amazing staff of the LLS for this year's Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, ... Read more

Janet Bardsley signed Danny's Guestbook.

Glad to hear he is home. Will pray for a good recovery and reduction of pain. Read more

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