Help Danielle Cummer Fight Leukemia!

$40,595 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 180 people in 3 months
Created December 16, 2018
This Go Fund Me page has been put together by the family and friends of Danielle Cummer who, on December 7, 2018, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  She has already started her treatment to fight this terrible disease. 

The outpouring of support and incredible response from Danielle’s community has been overwhelming.  Everyone who knows Danielle knows she has a huge heart. Her cheerfulness and positivity is contagious, and her thoughtfulness touches everyone who she comes into contact with, especially all of her kindergarten students.

Danielle will be hospitalized for an extended period of time, and is therefore unable to work. We are asking for a financial donation so that she, her partner, Stephen, and her family can focus on her health and recovery. The expectation is that treatment will be from 3-8 months with more time for recovery.

Donations will be used for medical and everyday expenses- any unused contributions will be donated to a local cancer charity. 

Thank you to all family and friends who have supported and continue to support Danielle and Stephen, her parents Don and Janet, her brother Dave and her grandmother Gloria (Hon), during this difficult time. Pre-made meals, coffee runs, and words of encouragement and love have been greatly appreciated.

As teachers, Danielle and Stephen have impacted so many students, parents and faculty at Lawrence Park School, Rolph Road, Bennington Heights and in her home community of Leaside, and he at Trinity College School and Crescent School (current).

Please help us by passing this message along.

We will do our best to update everyone on Danielle’s fight on this GoFundMe page.  Thank you in advance for all of your kind words and generosity.
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Please see latest update from Danielle:

Hello to our wonderful team,

As we embark on my last round of chemotherapy, we thought it was a good time to provide everyone with an update.

Monday March 11th I will start my last treatment and hopefully will be fully cured following its completion. This past round was harder and I did have to be re-admitted to Sunnybrook for five days following a high fever. We persevered and got through and I am looking forward to being done with treatment. We continue to be astounded with all of the kindness and generosity we have been shown by our friends, colleagues and neighbours.

A lovely article chronicling our story was published in our local Leaside Life paper. My former high school English teacher, Janis Fertuck did a wonderful job of capturing the details of our lives. If you want to read here is the link:

We also want to invite our supporters to attend a cycle class being held to support myself and The Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook. Our friend (and mother of my former student Emma), Rebecca Tso has generously offered to organize the event. The cycle for Danielle will be held on Saturday May 18th at Cycle Bar (1866 Bayview Ave). Stephen will be there and would love to see as many friendly faces as possibly. Seating is limited and the cost to ride is $100, so if you would like to attend please let myself, Stephen or Rebecca know as soon as possible. After the event, we will both make our way to Local (in Leaside) for drinks and snacks and would love see everyone there! We are so grateful for the support and overwhelmed that an event of this magnitude is being held in our honour. I hope everyone enjoys getting some exercise, seeing Stephen and meeting some of the other important people in our lives. Thank you Rebecca for all of your efforts!

Thank you again for all of the donations, cards, meals, presents, prayers, and good wishes. They are helping us get through the final chapter of this journey.

Lots of love
Danielle xoxo
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Hello wonderful supporters and contributors,

We want to extend a huge thank you again to everyone who has donated to us. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. After completing my bone marrow test, we received official confirmation that I am in remission. On Friday, more results from this test were available and my doctor said my Leukaemia levels are “undetectable”. This was amazing news and just what we needed to hear as we faced a setback this week.

I had to re-enter Sunnybrook, after developing a fever post outpatient chemo. My outpatient chemotherapy has gone very well and I was feeling much better. We were of course disappointed to be back in the hospital but we are hoping to be back home soon. We are receiving the same excellent care that I received during my inpatient stay.

We also wanted to give many thanks to you all this week, as we gained a better understanding of the medical costs we will face throughout the next few months. The money donated will be needed for some drug costs and these expenses are only growing. Thank you for alleviating this burden from our minds.

Thank you to all of of our visitors, meal makers, present and card drop offs and dish pick ups! This week I will need to be very careful about exposure to infection and need to be more isolated. I am so glad that I saw everyone that I was able to.

Stephen is looking forward to returning to work at Crescent on Friday February 1st. He has been nothing short of astonishing throughout every minute of this journey. We are so grateful to the Crescent community for supporting us in every way possible.

We want to thank you all again and again. You have made our lives infinitely easier and better.

Lots of love,

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To all of our wonderful supporters and contributors,

I want to thank you for all of your continued support, love, messages, meals, gifts and donations. Truly, my family and I are so appreciative of everything each of you has done for us.

I am very happy to report that my inpatient induction round of chemotherapy is completed and my results have been so positive that I was released from the hospital early. It was a very difficult few weeks and I’m so happy to have that first round completed. I am now home and resting, awaiting the start of my next chemo round (which will be outpatient). If all continues to go well I should be able to receive all further treatments while living at home. I have been instructed to avoid infection at all costs and as a result am house bound, but being home is a dream come true!

My prognosis continues to look positive and I am so thankful to the team at Sunnybrook for their diligent care over the past month. We will confirm that I am in remission later this week and will send an update with those results.

There are no words to explain how much I miss my students and being in my classroom each day. It is still hard to believe that I won’t be returning to school this year. The support from our Go Fund Me has been a huge source of security and support…thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity!

Thank you so much for all of the positive energy, love and support. It continues to help me through this difficult journey.

Lots of love,

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We would like to start by thanking everyone who has helped to make this incredibly difficult time better. Whether you have contributed to the GoFundMe page, helped with a treat or meal or sent positive thoughts and encouraging messages our way, we cannot begin to convey how thankful we are to have such amazing people, like yourselves, in our lives.

With Danielle unable to return to work for the foreseeable future and the uncertainty around what out-patient chemotherapy will entail from a financial viewpoint, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity in such an uncertain time in our lives. Your donations have been and continue to be greatly appreciated and have allowed us to focus on Danielle’s recovery.

The morning coffees and meals have also been so very helpful. Especially to Don and Janet, Grandma Hon and her brother Dave, the meals have been well-enjoyed and allow Danielle’s parents to save precious time in the kitchen, take care of Hon’s needs and be with Danielle as much as possible.

We are also very fortunate to have such a strong team here at Sunnybrook. Although there have been some very challenging days and sleepless nights, the care of the dedicated doctors and nurses and your loving support has been a source of comfort and hope for the days ahead. We are very proud of Danielle, as she has faced every day with a tremendous amount of strength courage and determination.

Extensive DNA testing about the specific kind of leukaemia Danielle has has revealed a much more promising prognosis than was initially thought by the doctors. It is now unlikely that Danielle will require a bone marrow transplant, which is amazing news. After she has completed this month of intensive chemotherapy, there will be three successive rounds of chemo with the hope that in late spring Danielle will be cancer-free.

One of the hardest parts for Danielle has been missing her students. All of the cards, videos and messages have been so appreciated and seeing their little faces always makes even the hardest days a little bit better.

On behalf of the whole family, we want to thank everybody again from the bottom of our hearts and wish you all the best for the holiday season and the upcoming year. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2019.

Love Danielle and Stephen
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