|3 year old Daniel Christiansen|
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My name is Daniel Christiansen and I am three years old. I have had stage four neroublastoma now for two and a half years. My mommy and daddy just found out on 2/22/2014 that my cancer has now become terminal and I only have a few days to a few weeks to live. I do not my deat to be a financial burden on my family as they have paid so much for my treatments over these past few years. Any support you can give them would be greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank all of those who have supported me and prayed for me. God Bless you all.
“Daniel is 3 years old and has Neuroblastoma. Sadly little Daniel’s cancer has become terminal. Please welcome our Honorary Firefighter to the brotherhood!”
Daniel is a little boy who touched my heart the very first time I met him almost 3 years ago. I had the honor of getting to know his family during home visits as his Early Intervention Specialist until my retirement in August, 2012. Daniel has a gentle spirit that draws those in who meet him. His family home is a heartwarming place, just the right place for Daniel. He has an amazing Mom and Dad, and a loving big brother Sean, and caring extended family members.
This gentle little boy has an extraordinary fighting spirit as well. He’s fought the good fight from the very beginning, enduring continuous treatments, surgeries, and hospital stays with his mother Stephanie always by his side, and father Duncan there as much as possible while holding down the fort at home with his older son, and continuing to work to support his family. They deeply appreciate the positive support from family and friends through this journey.
A gathering at the beach last night in Lincoln City, Oregon, was a tribute to Daniel and his family. They were escorted down the beach in a local Forest Ranger’s truck to a large luminary heart glowing at dusk. The outpouring of love for Daniel and his family meant so much to his parents. Stephanie welcomed the young children to surround Daniel by the lighted heart, a very touching moment. Our local firefighter community and the Post Office orchestrated this event to celebrate little Daniel as an Honorary Firefighter. Firefighters and 1st Responders worldwide became involved in celebrating Daniel through the above Facebook page, Firefighters for Team Daniel. Firefighters and citizens traveled in person from Washington State and Oregon locations to show their support for Daniel and his family. We’re all so happy that Daniel was able to join us last night as our honored guest.
This event is another example of how traumatic life experiences can bring us together by reaching out to someone struggling with life’s challenges. Although we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control how we respond to another family’s challenges. In love lies our strength.
Retired Early Intervention Specialist
Lincoln County Early Intervention
Family Literacy Coordinator
Neighbors for Kids
|Luminaries for Daniel at Lincoln City Beach|