On January 26, 2017, fourteen-year-old Daniel Mathis was diagnosed with a rare form of anaplastic non-Hodgkin large cell lymphoma. Within a couple of weeks, Daniel was told he was in stage III of his cancer battle. Daniel has two sisters and a single mom, Debbie Mathis. The cancer diagnosis for Daniel dramatically affected his family, due to his mom had other children to care for and could not work. Just Imagine®! Daniel would have started 8th grade at Lone Oak Middle School in McCracken County in 2017 but unfortunately, he was staying in Nashville, TN receiving chemotherapy at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Daniel fought a hard battle! However, in January 2018, Daniel received the news he was in remission! Now, Daniel is regaining his strength and will be starting back to school soon for a couple hours daily until he is able to get back to a normal schedule. Daniel will continue to have scans and doctor visits every 3 months at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, or as needed. Daniel turned fifteen-years-old on January 21, 2018. We happen to think birthdays are a pretty big deal! Daniel may become a famous artist one day or a public speaker as well as a writer.
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