Daniel Fessenden's Intense Assault Against his Foe: CANCER!

For: Daniel Fessenden
Merced, CA
Organizer: G. C.
Daniel Fessenden's Intense Assault Against his Foe: CANCER! (Daniel Fessenden)
of $50,000 goal
5% Complete
Raised by 21 donors

The Story

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

His Story:

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. 

The Impact

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

Know this

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.

A Fact

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.

Other Ways

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. 


Please share Daniel's story and get tested. 

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

Louise Tilston ... 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. 

Kim Salveson... Her effort to spread the word on Social media, acquaintances, fliers etc... and thinking up new creative ways to inform the public. 

Lillian Sanchez-Ramos of Mercy Hospital Merced who was the first to give  the green light on a Marrow Drive and is eager to help more. 

Korina Mendoza: of https//www. bethematch.org has provided the kits to get tested and her organization continues to be open to future Marrow Drives. 

IN-shape gym 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.

New Ideas

We are always open to new ways of getting the word out. Let us know. 


Keep Daniel and his family in your prayers!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 4, 2018

Posted on May 4, 2018

Hello... Gofundme has bought Youcaring... so we will transfer to the new site.

Posted on April 6, 2018


Posted on April 6, 2018

Dan's Bone Marrow Transplant is finally showing signs of working.  Its a long road ahead, with many possible bumps ... But for now we will keep praying and Thanking God and everyone for continued prayers and support. 

Posted on March 15, 2018


Posted on March 15, 2018

Prayers as Dan's Marrow transplant is today.  Moved up a day to help fight off the virus he has.  

Have compassion on me, LORD, for I am weak. Heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. ... Psalm 6:2

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