Danielle Kemp is a 19 year old Milford CT native, a Foran HS alum, and currently a Division 1 student-athlete at Stony Brook in Long Island. As an avid softball player since childhood, Danni was spending this summer the same way she has been for the past 10 years, playing summer softball; only this year, she was in a Brakettes uniform the whole summer. In early July, Danni got hit by a pitch in the helmet during an at-bat. As a few weeks passed Danni began experiencing balance problems, trouble focusing, and dizziness. Doctors had initially thought it was a concussion, but after an MRI was ordered, they realized it was not a concussion. After being sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital, Danni and her family were informed that she has an inoperable brain tumor in the Pons region of her brain. Due to the location, surgery is not an option, Danni will begin radiation therapy on August 29th, and will receive treatment Monday through Friday, for a total of 6 weeks. The team of doctors at Yale is still working to come up with the best plan of care to continue with after the 6 weeks of radiation. The family is very hopeful for new clinical trials that should be available in the near future.
Danni is the toughest young woman we have all ever met, and is more than ready to fight this. Her strong and indomitable will has already proven to be more than enough to battle and beat a rare kidney disease while she was in high school. This will be a battle but with so many people who know and love Danni and her Family, they’ve got an army behind them. With that being said, there are so many people looking to help so we’ve started with this page in hopes of raising money for the family to offset any costs that they may face in this upcoming battle.
Danni, Alyssa,Melinda and Cliff, will continually need all of the positive thoughts, prayers, support throughout these next few months. With a large community who loves this family, they will undoubtedly have the endless support that they need throughout this whole process. We ask that you please share this page on Facebook, through email, by word of mouth, etc. We want this page to reach the most people it possibly can.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and even if a donation isn’t possible, please send prayers and positive thoughts to Danni and the Kemp family. Let’s please do all we can as a community to help this family and Danni fight this battle with cancer.