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Daniel the Brave Fund

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Daniel lit up a room with his smile and laugh. Always ready to learn and play no matter what, he has touched the hearts of so many people with his bravery and strength. This fund was created to honor Daniel's bravery and to provide hope to those still in the fight. Stay Brave!!
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Since 2012

Wise beyond his years, Daniel Gomez was an amazing 2 year old.

He could melt your heart and make you think, all while telling you more than you ever needed to know about the characters of Thomas the Tank Engine. His smile lit up the room, and there was always just something about him that made you know he was destined for great things. Like most little ones, he enjoyed building Lego towers and playing with toy cars, but there was much more to Daniel than that. Always curious, everything about his world intrigued him. Even at a very young age he wanted to help with cooking, fixing things, gardening, and activities that wouldn't usually attract the attention of other kids his age.

Daniel's carefree toddlers years were abruptly interrupted on June 8, 2011, when he was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). One month after diagnosis, doctors discovered that Daniel had a rare type of ALL caused by the chromosomal translocation t(17;19). This type of ALL is diagnosed in less than 1% of ALL patients each year. What does this mean for Daniel, and other kids like him? It means that standard treatments do not work. It means that each treatment is an experiment, a guessing game with life hanging in the balance. Hope for a cure for Daniel’s rare leukemia was elusive, but he, his family, and his medical team never gave up. After nine months of brutal treatment, leukemia stole Daniel from this world on February 17, 2012. Throughout his fight, Daniel inspired thousands who followed his story with his persistent smile and unfaltering courage.

Daniel the Brave Fund Highlights & Happenings

Daniel the Brave Fundraising Team

This team will be shaving their heads in honor of Daniel on March 11 at Fado Irish Pub in Denver. Register to participate or donate to their fundraising efforts.

Filling the Funding Gap

Learn about the funding gap that impacts childhood cancer research and how St. Baldrick’s is trying to fill it.

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Where does the money go?

Donations made to the Daniel the Brave Fund go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research around the world. The Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.


Who’s involved

These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of the Daniel the Brave Fund. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.

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Get involved your own way:

Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.

Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.

Head-shaving not your thing? You can start a fundraiser to raise money for our Hero Fund with St. Baldrick’s in a way that interests you! Like biking? Bike a marathon. Like baking? Start a cookie baking fundraiser… You get the picture.

Need help? Email us at Funds@StBaldricks.org

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