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Churchill student runs for 2013 man of the year

Daniel Edelen, a 16-year-old sophomore at Churchill High School, is a lot like any other kid on campus. He is a member of the JV football team, active in Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fishing Club and National Junior Honor Society.

But, Daniel is extremely unique. At age seven, Daniel was diagnosed with High Risk T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and spent the next three years undergoing chemotherapy. Daniel's treatment included three surgeries (one which was performed after low counts caused an infection and he had to have a portion of his right lung removed), 21 spinal taps, 22 blood and platelet transfusions, 88 days in the hopital, over 55 IV treatments through his port, daily chemo pills, and Cranial Radiation.

Miraculously, Daniel is now a healthy teenager who stands 6’1 and is on his sixth year off treatment. The inspirational student is now running for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year. He is the first childhood survivor honored.

"Even though I am just sixteen, I want us to raise more money than has ever been raised by a single candidate in the fifteen years of this national campaign," said Daniel. "And while the money is very important, our effort isn't just about the money. It is about us doing something extraordinary to raise awarness of the need for a cure to new heights and give the many suffering from this disease a new sense of hope."

The team slogan is “Daniel’s Be Hopeful Team,” which has been their slogan since early diagnosis. Daniel’s goal is to raise $432,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help find cures for cancer. This would break the record for the most money raised in the nation.

If you would like to learn more about Daniel Edelen or how to you can help assist him in becoming the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2013 Man of the Year, click here.

Posted on Mar. 8, 2013