Help Danny & Kristen

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Danny's diagnosis of a rare and agressive form of T-cell Lymphoma is taking his sweet young family on a new and challenging adventure. Danny will be undergoing treatment in Seattle, and Kristen and the kids will be joining him temporarily. This site is a place for those who love and care about Danny, Kristen, Isaac, Andrew & Grace to help them with the expenses they face on this unexpected journey.
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We just passed the one year mark from Danny's diagnosis. Not a day goes by that we do not think about how our lives could be different right now, and breathe prayers of thankfulness to God for his health and his future.

Danny and Kristen traveled to Seattle last week to cheer on friends participating in the the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was Danny's first time back in Seattle since his dramatic arrival last spring and his exuberant departure 10 months later, and was a monumental milestone. Surviving a cancer battle gives one a tremendous amount of motivation to help others facing the same battle.

A few months ago we received news of another member of our extended Alaskan family fighting cancer. Atticus Root is the teenage son of Irene, who is the sister of Kristen's brother-in-law. Irene is a single mother living in Portland, and is in need of much support as they face this sudden challenge

Just like we banded together to help Danny and Kristen, we are now banding together to help Irene, Atticus and his sisters find their way forward. If you have the capacity to help, consider reading Atticus' story and sending some donations and love his way.

You can find out more at https://www.gofundme.com/beat-cancer-atticus/ and http://www.ireneveldstra.com/

Thank you for paying it forward!
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An update from Danny...

Day +90 since transplant. This is a humbling day. The results of my final bone marrow test for this treatment phase were as good as anyone could hope for. There is no sign of disease, and I have 100% donor marrow — All mine is dead and gone. I should be too, but after many miracles and answers to many many prayers, I am alive to enjoy life with my amazing family. We want to thank all who have prayed along the way, and certainly all the medical personnel. God has gifted so many wonderful people here at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with wisdom and knowledge. From the very first day I arrived, it was obvious that all these professionals have such a love for the people they care for. I can’t remember ever seeing one person with a poor attitude, or who even appeared to be having a bad day. Simply the best. Their uplifting positivity here is literally healing people daily!

So many of you have prayed, many have given money, and a core of family and close friends have sacrificed time and many others things to help Kristen and I navigate this journey with our three wonderful children. You have all stood firmly beside us and held us up through the process. I know for a fact, the excellent outcome of my treatment is a direct result of the army of prayer warriors that gathered around us and refused anything but firm belief for my healing.

Right now, I’m wrapping up travel plans for my return home, and getting rid of the excess of earthly things I’ve gathered during 7 months in Seattle. 100 days is the typical length of stay post-transplant for close observation, and then I can return to the doctors in Alaska. (about Oct 20th!!) I’ll be recovering for a while yet… typically one year from transplant is required to settle into the new “normal” for myself and family. Since I’ve done very well through treatment, it should be generally a smooth time. Physically I’m not up to the strength I had before I was diagnosed, but I am in good health and it shouldn’t take long to regain what I’ve lost. I hope to return to work by January, and will be working a little less than full time for this first year.

For those of you that have given money, you have fed and clothed my family while I’ve been unable to. We are extremely grateful for your support and sacrifice. The amount given has always matched or exceeded our need thus far as God has been faithful to provide. Our direct needs are coming to a close as I look forwards to getting back to work. If it is still in your heart to give, there are many opportunities to help others who face a similar journey as us. I’m not sure where God will lead, but He takes care of his family, and what we no longer need, we will be passing on to those who do. I am throughly amazed again and again at how God provides for his own. Thank you again, to everyone who has gathered around us, we humbly ask God to richly bless you as He has us. Thank you!
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A special message from Danny and Kristen:

Danny and I wanted to say a huge thank you to our go fund me supporters. We are so incredibly blessed by all of you and your generosity.  We wanted to let you all know what we have chosen to do with your gifts. Danny has not been able to work since March and he will not be able to for the rest of the year. Kristen is taking care of the three kiddos at home, so you 111 generous humans are feeding our family everyday since then and covered ALL of our home needs AND helped with many trips to Seattle for Kristen and kids to see Danny. We are forever grateful that you have come beside us financially and are helping  us carry this huge burden. Because of you 111 friends and family we have not had to carry the stress of wondering how we would support ourselves during this very difficult time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
- Danny, Kristen, Isaac, Andrew and Grace. ❤️
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We posted a new update to Caring Bridge this morning, but wanted to update you here as well... We're two weeks into the crucial post-transplant engraftment period, and yesterday we got good news!

From his wife Kristen: "They check Danny's blood every night to see if his new immune system has started making any new cells. So after 14 days of him having no immune system I woke up to the best news EVER! Danny's new immune system is WORKING and has made some new cells!!!!! This is huge, this is what we have been praying for. The transplant is working!!"

This morning his counts were still continuing to rise, much faster than expected, which means he should be able to be released from the hospital soon. There's still a long road ahead before he can leave Seattle and go home (85 days and counting!), but this is huge progress.

Thank you for supporting Danny and Kristen in every way, especially these tough last two weeks. Kristen has been able to be with him for most of that time, and that is largely thanks to YOU!

Keep praying!
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Joshua Veldstra
12 months ago

Thank you so much for spreading the word Tianna! We so appreciate it! - Joshua & Brittney Veldstra

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Thank you so much for spreading the word Tianna! We so appreciate it! - Joshua & Brittney Veldstra

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