Saving Daniel's Life
A chance with your support
It's been more than 3 months since Daniel arrived in Barcelona with his mother. Weeks that were filled with many important examinations and decisions by the specialists. We would like to thank everyone who has donated so far! Without this help, no progress would have been possible for Daniel. It encourages and is extremely impressive how many people have already supported him.
Anyone who is new to the project and wants to help save Daniel's life can find out more about the background on this page.
It was shortly before Christmas 2013 when Daniel was discovered to have a neuroblastoma – a malignant tumor that affects around 150 children in Germany every year. Ninety percent of them fall ill before starting school, most of them at the age of 1 or 2 years. When the tumor is discovered, metastases are already present in half of the cases, especially in the lymph nodes, bone marrow, bones, liver and skin. It was the same with Daniel.
The chances of survival depend heavily on the stage of the disease. In stage 4, it drops to less than 20 percent. Thanks to committed doctors in Essen and Greifswald (both Germany), Daniel has now survived 6 years with this serious illness.
He has endured two chemotherapies and a stem cell transplant, enormously painful side effects and examinations. The second setback came in November 2019 when new metastases where discovered.
Hope for healing in Barcelona
The parents of other neuroblastoma children referred Daniel's family to the child cancer specialists at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona. In collaboration with a clinic in New York, a therapy is being used there as part of a clinical study that is available nowhere else in Europe. Patients from all over the world come for treatment at Sant Joan's. Although the available places are very limited, Daniel has now been accepted: At the beginning of January, he has be examined for the first time by the children's oncologist Jaume Mora Graupera. But the treatment is expensive and is not paid for by German health insurance companies.
The first wave of therapy until summer of 2020 alone will cost just under 200,000 euros. The first examinations have shown that further preparatory treatments are necessary, which require additional 60,000 euros. On top come costs for accommodation in Barcelona, as the therapy itself takes place on an outpatient basis.
Thanks to many committed people, the financing seems to be working. We're on the right track together, but unfortunately we're not there yet.
Help by the Munich Foundation
All payments to the clinic in Barcelona are handled by the Munich ACOA Foundation. Gänseblümchen-Voerde e.V., an association to support children with cancer, cooperates with ACOA. In Chicago and Poland, too, money for Daniel's therapy is collected and passed on to the ACOA Foundation. We can guarantee that not a single cent of these donations will be deducted: All administration costs incurred to ACOA in connection with this campaign will be borne by the foundation. The foundation was founded in 2007 is recognized by the Bavarian state government as a "public foundation under civil law" and can issue German tax-effective receipts for donations from €200 upwards.
Please help us to raise funds to help pay for the costs for Daniel's treatment by making a donation to the account of the ACOA Foundation.
IBAN: DE51 7003 0400 0000 3096 99
Keyword: Project Daniel
If you would like to receive a donation receipt, please write an email (email@example.com) to the ACOA Foundation with your address, the amount donated and the transfer date and the subject "Project Daniel".
We thank you now and will report on the further developments here.
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