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In 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and given only a 40% chance of surviving.  Not knowing how much time I had left and the fact that I hadn’t celebrated Christmas for many years – I  wanted to see if I could get that same holiday spirit that I used to get when I was a kid.  But my treatments ended in November and I spent Christmas and New Years in bed.

Eighteen months later, I began volunteering at the Cancer Center in Surrey, where I had received my treatments and a lot of love.

In 2012, I wrote a story about how I re-discovered Christmas and it was published in several community newspapers.

Here is the link to that story:  Not a creature was stirring

I have been doing my Santa Danny visits ever since.

Here are a few photos from some of my visits:

Santa Danny (2012)

Surrey Memorial Hospital

Betty is Santa's favorite gal pal at SMH. She's in her 90's and still volunteers!

BC Cancer Agency - Surrey, BC

Santa's arrives at Cancer Centre (2012)

Santa's first visit in Chemo Room (2012)

Santa with gal pal Ellen Suarez

My adopted grandchild, Sannie

Santa with Rona, a volunteer

With Finley, the care dog Santa loved!

Santa and Nurse Donna M.

Santa & Nurse Donna getting frisky!

Santa and Rona kissing

Gal pal Harinder

Santa's buddy Norm

Gal pal Pat

Gal pal Trish with Santa Danny

Dr. Chan, Cathy, Santa, Dentist, and Donna

Cathy, Jonathan & Donna

Santa's gal pals in Oral Dentistry

Volunteers Vivian & Diane

Santa at gal pal Sue's show

Nicomekl Elementary School, Langley

Santa Danny at Nicomekl School

Santa at Nicomekl School

Castle Fantasy Park (2014)

Santa chatting with kids

Santa visits City Square Mall (2014, 15, 16,17)

Santa's favorite mall

Long lines to see Santa

Santa greets first child

Brinks Staff Xmas Party

Brink guards and Santa

UBC Faculty of Dentistry - Oral Health Centre

Dr. Leigha Rock, Santa Danny & Dr. Denise Laronde

Santa's gal pal helpers

Santa and Leigha giving candy canes to staff

Santa's favorite kids

Santa's favourite doctors

Wish I could have given more...

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

December 2, 2018

Santa's first visit in 2018

Six consecutive years

at Surrey Honda

Santa greets a fan

Santa sits and awaits first child

Another magical party! Bye Santa!

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and that you welcome in a New Year with lots of hugs, hope, and love.

Dedicated to Dr. Denise Laronde and Dr. Leigha Rock


Santa Danny & Holly

Today’s Tunes (from Danny’s library of purchased music):

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About Post Author

Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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2 thoughts on “Notes from the North Pole

  1. Hugs to you,Dan!Hope all is going well and you are on the mend by now!No doubt you are getting ready for Christmas like everyone else!Take care and enjoy reading your stories!You certainly do a lot of great work!Take care ….Hugs from Carriageway Court…D & G

    1. Hugs to you both! I’m feeling much better – saw the surgeon yesterday and he was pleased with how things were looking. I’m happy that you enjoy the stories and one day I hope to be visiting all of my friends on Carriageway Court – my all-time-favorite neighborhood! Hugs and Love from the Left Coast, Santa Danny

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