Who We Help
Over the past 17 years, The Danny Fund has "adopted" more than 65 families to help them cope with their enormous burdens. The Danny Fund helps families of all socio-economic levels, all creeds and colors. We are grateful to share a few of their stories with you.
Marina’s Story: A Big Family Gets Even Bigger
When you have five kids under the age of 10 you’re pretty much always dealing with a variety of bumps and bruises, coughs and colds, and the ever-popular stomach virus. Invariably, one of these tends to surface in the days before your family vacation, which was the case when the Bowen family was headed to Disney seven years ago. Marina, who along with her twin brother Chad was not quite two, was feeling under the weather. Thinking it might be strep, her mom Maria was able to secure a prescription for antibiotics and the family left for their trip. Maria wasn’t even concerned about the small lump on Marina’s neck but when it was still there upon their return she took her in to see the doctor. No one could have guessed the resulting diagnosis in a child so young: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Even the doctors at Columbia were a bit dumbfounded.
Sophia P's Story: A Good Deed Comes Full Circle
Nearly 20 years ago Joe Durnin and fellow community members banded together to offer support when a neighbor’s young son was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. What began as a grassroots effort to help one family weather the storm evolved into an organization that would ultimately assist more than sixty others as they struggled with the illness of a child. What Joe didn’t know back then was that one of those families would be his.
Julianne's Story:"I Want to Be an Angel"
“I want to be an angel.”
This was the response Maureen Borsella got from her 8-year-old daughter Julianne when she asked what she wanted to be a few days before Halloween. A fairly innocuous response to most, but to Julianne’s mom it was gut wrenching. Less than two weeks later those words became all the more poignant when Julianne, her youngest child, passed away after a yearlong battle with Ewings Sarcoma.