Meet our friend, Danilo Maderazo, Jr., or as most fondly call him—Danz.
At 27 years of age, Danz is battling Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease.
Danz is a compassionate media practitioner. Before he was forced to stop working due to his illness, Danz was a producer in GMA-7’s I-Witness, Survivor and Reporter’s Notebook, and in Probe Productions, and Kabataan News Network (KNN).
He was 19 years old when his documentary for the Kabataan News Network entitled “Salibabat” about young people and the practice of self-flagellation during the Lenten season, became a finalist in the New York Film Festival.
In 2013, his documentary about “Kopino” or Korean-Filipino children who have been abandoned by their fathers, was named a finalist in the Plural + Youth Video Awards under the United Nations. Danz has also been part of several media teams producing short documentaries on children's rights and child participation in the Philippines and the ASEAN.
Aside from being a responsible servant of media, Danz is also a thoughtful and loving son, brother and friend, with an adventurous spirit and a zest for life. A scene-stealer in parties, his laugh and antics are one of the loudest and merriest.
Danz and Chronic Kidney Disease
In May 2014, Danz was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease/Failure . It is a condition characterized by gradual loss of kidney function resulting to dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes in the body.
At that time of diagnosis, the doctors estimated that only 25% of Danz’s kidneys were working, and he was advised to go undergo a biopsy in order to determine his treatment plan. He will need to undergo into dialysis and/or kidney transplant. The cost of the biopsy alone is estimated to be at PHP60,000, and will be followed by expenses on medicine, supplies and other subsequent procedures. Unfortunately, his health insurance does not cover the cost of such procedures.
To make matters worse, Danz had to stop working because strenuous activities, stress and long hours, which is the nature of TV production, worsens his condition.
Even without the medical procedures, Danz’s expenses are piling up. In an effort to manage his illness naturally, Danz completely changed his lifestyle, particularly his diet. He now only eats a plant-based, organic diet, but most of the food he needs are expensive and are not be readily available in the local market. Examples of which are strawberries, blueberries and cherries that are high in antioxidants.
All these changes, led to the cessation of his income, more expenses and dwindling of his savings. This has been especially difficult for him, because he is the breadwinner of his family.
Danz' father is a retired OFW and is now a volunteer pastor at their local church. They own a small sari-sari store at home.
Danz needs your help for dialysis or kidney transplant.
As of his last check-up in January 2015, his creatinine (chemical waste) level is already at 570—five times higher than normal. His kidney function is now down to 12%. Doctors have prescribed that he undergo dialysis or a kidney transplant.
It is with earnest hope that we seek your help for any support you can extend to Danz. Donations in cash will surely lighten the financial burden Danz has to carry in this critical and vulnerable time. Any amount will be accepted and greatly appreciated.
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