Help Danielle Cummer Fight Leukemia!

$40,695 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 181 people in 5 months
Created December 16, 2018
Team Danielle
on behalf of Stephen Kupfer
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 message from Rebecca Tso.

Hello Friends, Family and Colleagues,

Please join us on Saturday May 18th at noon at Cyclebar Leaside. We are holding a fundraiser in Danielle's honor for the Odette Cancer Centre where she is currently being treated. Bring your positive energy and join us for 45 minutes of spin. Each bike is $100 and there are still 37 bikes up for grabs. Spinning isn't your cup of tea? Reserve a bike and have your spouse, teenager, friend or colleague ride on your behalf. Let's fill these bikes and show our support.

Please use the link below to register a bike. Each rider will be set up with shoes, towels, and a free water bottle upon arrival. If you want to bring your own cycling shoes, our pedals will connect with SPD and some Look cleats (Delta) but not Look KEO.

1.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Put the following link into your browser:

2.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Click Reserve your bike

3.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Sign up for an account

4.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Pick a bike in the class (If you are reserving a bike, but don't want to ride, send me a quick email at to let me know. I will make sure your donation is received).

5.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Get ready for an incredible experience

Here is everything you’ll need for class:

·​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ We provide the water bottles, shoes, and towels.

·​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Wear workout clothes.

·​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Please arrive 15 minutes before class to get set up!

·​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ We are located at 1866 Bayview Ave, Toronto (right beside the TD Bank).​ Free underground parking!
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Please see below the latest update from Danielle. She’s finally feeling more like herself!!

Hello to our wonderful supporters,

We wanted to say another huge thank you to everyone who donated to our fund! We still cannot believe the amount of support we received and will never be able to express how much it has meant to us and helped us. I have officially completed my treatment and am awaiting the results of my final bone marrow test to confirm that I am cured and in full remission. From there it’s a two year period of occasional testing and we can resume our happy day-to-day life once again!

The last round of chemo was a tough one. I had to be hospitalized twice and the last stay was particularly trying. There were some scary moments but Stephen, Scout, Janet (my mom), Don (my dad) and Dave (my brother) could not have been more devoted to my recovery and care during this time. About a week after being discharged, I began to start feeling better and more like myself again. I am now reintroducing more activities day by day and I am thoroughly enjoying spending every minute of the day with Scout.

We are so excited about the Cycle Bar class being held in my honour on Saturday May 18th at 12:00PM. Huge thanks to Rebecca Tso for coordinating it all. We have decided to focus on our donation to Sunnybrook for this event. If you have yet to register and want to attend here is the link to sign up. Remember we will be at LOCAL Leaside following the event to celebrate with drinks and snacks.

If you wanted to donate to the Cycle Bar event, but are unable to participate in the class please feel free to donate to the Odette Cancer Centre in either my name or in honour of my outstanding doctor, Dr. Richard Wells. Here is the link to donate.
There is absolutely no pressure to participate or donate! You have all done so much to help us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask Stephen or myself!

We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of positive feedback and support after the publication of the Leaside Life article. Janis Fertuck did a tremendous job and we are so grateful to her and all of our students and their families who have gone above and beyond to help us through.

As we complete this journey, we want to share another thank you to our coordinating team: Colleen Yoo, Rina Silberstein, Chrystal Saffer and Danielle Claerhout. They mobilized the most wonderful community of family, friends, students, colleagues, neighbours and supporters. They will forever hold a special place in our heart.

Thank you again,
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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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Raised by 181 people in 5 months
Created December 16, 2018
Team Danielle
on behalf of Stephen Kupfer
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