Meet Daniel

Meet Daniel

Like all college students, Daniel started his junior year filled with dreams for the next four years. He couldnít envision that cancer would change them all. But just a few short months later, his parents were flying from Las Vegas to Forest City, Iowa, where Daniel lay in his dormitory thinking the worst. When they arrived, his parents were greeted by a doctorís urgent plea to rush to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Thus began one of the toughest journeys Daniel and his family have ever had to face.

In February of this year, shortly after his diagnosis and first chemotherapy treatment, Danielís mother reached out to Chai Lifeline. In the next few months, Daniel went through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and several painful surgeries. Chai Lifeline was there every step of the way!

A major part of Danielís treatment took place at USC. Chai Lifelineís financial assistance enabled the family to accompany Daniel to Los Angeles for surgery. Hot meals kept Danielís strength from waning, and eliminated a worry while he was hospitalized. Grocery cards provided additional food assistance while the family was in California.

While Daniel was recuperating, both he and his younger siblings, Jacob and Sarah, received regular gifts from Chai Lifelineís West Coast office. Perhaps the present Jacob most appreciated was his Chai Lifeline Big Brother, who gave him the much-needed attention that would help him emotionally as his brother battled cancer and required much time and attention from his parents.

Danielís parents appreciated the combination of concrete services and non-stop emotional support. Insurance advocacy helped them navigate the complex and often harsh insurance world. Danielís mom found herself unwinding and letting go of months of tension and stress at our Seasonís of Respite Spa Day with other mothers who understood exactly what she was going through.

Daniel received great news recently: heís currently in remission! Chai Lifeline is thrilled to celebrate with Daniel and his entire family as he reaches this significant milestone. To celebrate, Daniel will be attending Camp Simcha this summer. Meeting other kids his age who have gone through the same ordeal as him, will serve as a beacon of hope to others and anchor Daniel as he approaches the future, ever vigilant, but thankfully cancer free.