Daniel Fessenden. The Man, the Myth, the Legend!
Ok... I may have exaggerated a bit
This fundraiser is for my friend Daniel, who is going through something that has touched someone in our lives at one time.
The mere word immediately conjures up images and none of it positive or heart warming.
I will let Daniel briefly share
My name is Daniel Fessenden. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2017. I need a bone marrow transplant to beat cancer. I am a husband and a father of two young men. My family and I are proud members of Merced Baptist Church. My wife and I teach Sunday school. I have dedicated the last 17yrs to my profession. Thank you for your prayers and thank you to friends for actively promoting awareness in our community about joining the Marrow Registry to help find my donor. May God Bless You.
Did you know ?
Every 3min someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like Leukemia or Lymphoma. The only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. 70% of patients don't have a compatible match in the family and rely on finding an unrelated donor. You can help by joining the Be the Match Registry.
Let us ease their Stress
As we all know medical procedures take a heavy toll financially on a family. That is why we have started this fundraiser to help Daniel who was the primary bread earner.
The doctors say he will stay at least 3 months in Stanford Hospital once a marrow transplant is performed. His loving wife, Oralia, will be by his side every step of the way. It will take months (or longer) for him to recover.
They have tapped into their savings which is steadily being depleted. The money they have been saving to purchase a home will be put on hold. They are already in the process of moving into a smaller, more affordable apartment.
Bills Bills Bills
The medical expenses will pile up. The medication. The trips back and forth to the doctors. Rural Merced is 3.5hrs away from Stanford Hospital. Day to day living expenses add up even if one tries to live frugally.
To say these are stressful times is an understatement. Nobody knows how they will respond to the prospect of facing life with cancer until they are confronted with it. Where other marriages would crumble under the weight of such tragic news, Oralia and Dan have grown closer. Their faith deeper.
Of course they wouldn't be human if they didn't question, Why them? Why now? Haven't we all?
On a Side Note
When Mercy hospital in Merced finally diagnosed Daniel with Leukemia, they stated they couldn't do anything for him there and would discharge him. Oralia then called Stanford Hospital and was told, they were full.
Thankfully someone at Mercy Hospital advised them that if you show up at Standford ER they cannot refuse you.
That is when a very weak Dan made the 3.5hr trip to Stanford along with a church member who offered to drive them since Oralia was not in a state to be behind the wheel.
Oralia and Dan have nothing but praises for Stanford Hospital since he was admitted
Helping Daniel financially would be greatly appreciated during this difficult time. Rest assured they will use any monetary funds received, responsibly. They know your hard earned gift could be sent to any other cause yet you chose them. All donations will be used for the care and well being of Daniel.
Oralia and Dan knew nothing about setting up this fundraiser. It was their friends & family knowing how hard life will be, who wanted to help out. Otherwise they would have quietly managed on their own, and face each obstacle one day at a time.
If you cannot help monetarily at this time, you can help by being a Marrow donor. Take the fast, free, simple swab test. There will be a link below. Donors are to be between the ages of 18-44. Older donors have to fork out money (Boo!) If you are out of the area for the next Marrow Drive a test kit can be mailed to you.
We already had 2 Marrow Drives locally. One at Mercy Hospital where he was initially diagnosed and secondly at IN-shape gym in Atwater. Both had good turnouts. We have another scheduled in Merced. We will keep everyone updated.
We are hoping to have another drive come May at the Health Fair/5k run at Mercy Hospital Merced.
More than a Man
Daniel agrees this illness is not just about helping him find his donor, but assisting others. He promised to spend the rest of his life promoting and encouraging others to be tested.
In this small farming community, a mere speck on the map, where we neither have skyscrapers, sun kissed beaches, iconic bridges, Hollywood stars, awe inspiring natural wonders...
We are taking a Stand Against Cancer.
Standing Tall. Together. Proud and with a Big Heart:
Please do your part and Change a Life!
A Special Thank You
... For seeing a need and running with it. She got the ball rolling, navigating the bureaucratic waters for the first Donor Drive. She is definitely the one you want in your corner if you are ever in need. She has been a tireless advocate for Daniel.
.. Her effort to spread the word on Social media, acquaintances, fliers etc... and thinking up new creative ways to inform the public.
of Mercy Hospital Merced who was the first to give the green light on a Marrow Drive and is eager to help more.
: of https//www. bethematch.org has provided the kits to get tested and her organization continues to be open to future Marrow Drives.
for allowing the Donor Drive to be held at their site.
Of course their are many more who have done much to help now and in the future. All assistance is immensely appreciated.
We are always open to new ways of getting the word out. Let us know.
Keep Daniel and his family in your prayers!