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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
The Mrs. Claus of my dreams
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
teaching it's better to givel School
Castle Fantasy Park (2014)
Santa chatting with kids
Santa visits City Square Mall (2014, 15, 16,17, 18)
a long line of kids waiting
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!
My friends in Bellingham
Tom and Margaret
Joe and Barb
Sue and Bob
and hubby Tom
and many others...
Norm, Frosty, & Gina
Merry Christmas kids!
Trying to ride a steer..
is not as easy,,,
but worth the effort
Santa Danny on left
Urban Safari Rescue Society
People brought their pets
like Ferret Bueller and his gal
This is Febreeze the skunk
with a beautiful heart...
but if he lifts his tail...
it's time to say goodbye
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):