Daniel’s Story – Giving Back
It was the summer before his senior year at Indiana University when Daniel noticed a lump on his neck. No one seemed to have the quick answer he was hoping for, that it wasn’t anything to worry about. A biopsy revealed that the lump was cancer. In June of 2008, Daniel was diagnosed with Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an aggressive cancer requiring prompt treatment. As “luck would have it” says Daniel, he was fortunate to be treated by Dr. Mitchell Cairo who is a leading pediatric cancer researcher and oncologist. Dr. Cairo treated Daniel’s disease using therapies that he developed through PCRF funded research. After four months of intense chemotherapy treatments, Daniel was cancer-free. It was then that his journey with PCRF began.
After graduating from college the following year with a degree in Business, Daniel was invited to share his story at PCRF’s annual golf tournament. “It was wonderful to be with family and friends and to thank Dr. Cairo for his work on my one-year anniversary of being in complete remission,” says Daniel. Inspired by the impact that PCRF’s work had on his life, Daniel decided to give back, “I wanted to support PCRF by making strides for other patients that needed help and support”.
Daniel worked as a Data Manager for the Pediatric Blood & Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and New York Medical College for three years. Today, Daniel is a Project Manager at a real estate development company in Greenwich, Connecticut, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of PCRF. He previously co-chaired PCRF’s annual Dribble for the Cure at St. John’s University and continues to be an active fundraising member.