Welcome to Daniel Chianese's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Welcome to Daniel Chianese's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Feb 22, 2016

Hello Everyone, and welcome to my page.  I have been honored and humbled to be nominated as a “Man of the Year” candidate through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This is a spirited 10-week campaign where me and my team are trying to raise as much money as possible.  For every dollar I raise, I get one vote.  At the end of the 10-week period, the candidate with the most votes is crowned “Man of the Year”.

On March 24, 2014, my entire life changed.  After a few months of slowly building fatigue to the point where I couldn’t stay awake anymore, my wife decided it was time to take me to the hospital.  Laying in the emergency room that night, seemed like forever, but after several blood tests the doctor finally told me that he saw “blast cells” in my blood.  I had no idea what he was talking about until he said, “I think you have cancer.”  The last words that I thought I would ever hear that night.  They admitted me and had to give me four units of blood just to get my levels back to where they should be.  A week later, after a bone marrow biopsy, Donna and I were sitting in the Oncologist office when he confirmed the results and said the three worst words I ever heard in my entire life.  YOU HAVE CANCER.  The official diagnosis was Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  As I sat there, watching the tears roll down Donna’s face and my heart in my throat, I wondered what lie ahead.  A thousand questions ran through my mind.  Was I going to live or die?  Was this treatable?  Could I get my affairs in order?  How was my family going to handle this?

On the way home from the doctor’s office that day, I realized that I had two choices, to live or die.  It was at that point that I decided that I was going to live.  The next part that I had to handle was how to tell my children.  Our family is spread out from Kansas City to Baltimore to Pittsburgh and Florida.  One of the toughest things I ever had to tackle was telling my family this news.  No one really knew that I was sick, so I couldn’t imagine how they would take this news.  Unfortunately, I had to do this all over the phone.  Calling my daughter and son were tough.  I wasn’t in front of them and they couldn’t see me or have me hug them and tell them I was going to be ok.  I didn’t know what happened after I hung up the phone. I was concerned.  When I called my sister and brother it was the same, and I remember my sister asking me as her voice cracked, “Dan, are you going to fight this?”  I responded to her with as much confidence as I could possibly get together and said, “Diane, when have you ever known me to walk away from a good fight?”

A week later, I was admitted to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.  Driving up there again brought doubts to my mind, and I can remember trying memorize everything I saw.  Exit numbers and names and what businesses were just off the exit.  I didn’t know if I would ever see that again.   After 7 days of intense chemotherapy and a week of waiting, it was determined that the cancer was gone.

I’m lucky, I’m here today to tell this story, but that’s not the case for far too many people.  Why is it that I am still alive and the person standing next to me with the same disease isn’t?  The only answer I could come up with is that God had other plans for me.  He wanted me to share this story, and become an advocate for other people, to try with the skills I have to help cure this disease.

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year.

But as you know, everyone wins when cancer loses, and thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today. I am alive today because of this.

Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.

We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!

All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

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My Thanks To

  • Qtego
  • Daniel Chianese
  • Merck Foundation
  • Compunetix, Inc
  • Zap Skim'ers
  • Regatta Network, Inc.
  • Fourteen Foods
  • Fourteen Foods
  • Nicholas Macrina Jr
  • Valerie Papenheim
  • Kimberly Clark Foundation
  • Margaret Pozo
  • Alexis Lipton
  • Kimberly-Clark Foundation...
  • Daniel Chianese
  • Exelon
  • Susan Rugg
  • Michelle Atcheson
  • Ronald Mutz
  • Lynne k abell
  • Anonymous
  • Charles Lahr
  • Ray Miller
  • Jeffrey Rich
  • Rachel Ramnarine
  • Richard Miseyko
  • Danielle Fawcett
  • Janet Lord
  • Katie Farber
  • Alexis Lipton
  • Denise Chulack
  • Shelly Glenn
  • Sharon Donegan
  • Anthony Palangio
  • Dawn Morgan
  • Tim Eick
  • Bernadette Elchin
  • Margaret Sheehy
  • Keith Marcon
  • Brandon Horlick
  • Mary Walinder
  • John Iannucci
  • Amanda Young
  • blessy jacob
  • Lora Bergeron
  • Jacqueline Diamond
  • Bonnie Dectis
  • Ron Baklarz
  • Dennis Eaves
  • Julie Boring
  • Greg Hammel
  • Diane McBroom
  • Matt Haluska
  • George Niedhammer
  • sandy valo
  • Chris Yanko
  • Collins Fobanjong
  • Joseph Hamway
  • Jodi Frankel
  • Joe Warsecke
  • michael kumer
  • Jeffrey O'Reilly
  • Thomas Fourounjian
  • Karen Cifranick
  • Julie Mouganis
  • John Taylor
  • Kim Horner
  • Julie Shakoor
  • Patricia Stuart
  • Valerie Brandon
  • Terry Syrell
  • Theresa Walrath
  • Marian Vergona
  • Stella DeSantis
  • David McCrossin
  • sharon fawcett
  • Judy Nestico
  • Siobhan DeRemer
  • Debra Mosely
  • susan farber
  • Brandon Sauers
  • Jaime Highfield
  • Kim Payne
  • Florida Cardiac Consultan...
  • Carly Pfaff
  • maureen riley
  • Kathleen Miller
  • Rich Tambourine
  • Beverly Leopold
  • Jennifer Moritz
  • Charles Matrazzo
  • Molly Smith
  • Lynn Campbell
  • Michele Paese
  • Richard Roehr
  • Terri Wetterberg
  • Mary Matus
  • Tom Bartels
  • susan eaves
  • Kelly Flatley
  • Pamela Fiore
  • Lucille Nasta
  • Karen Wilson Connor
  • Nicholas DeCesare
  • Philip Crowley
  • Julie Hartenstein
  • David Powell
  • Mary DeCesare
  • Tom De Cesare
  • Ned and Miriam Finch
  • Sally Drewes
  • Kristina Doherty
  • Melissa Terebessy
  • Patricia Spisak
  • Gary Wilson
  • Nancy Quinn
  • Stephen Chmielewski
  • Paul Lattimore
  • Michael Trovato
  • Janet Rocco
  • Sharon Kulesa
  • Judith Heimerl
  • Jean Walker
  • ronald witek
  • Janet Lord
  • Lynn Molzer
  • Lisa Colletto
  • Ryan Brandeburg
  • Daniel Chianese
  • Sandra Sacco