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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:03 PM CST

Today marks 64 days here at CHOP. We have moved once again to the Oncology floor from ICU. Here they will prepare me to take care of Danny at home. He is on morphine and is very weak. The cancer is taking a hold of him. Danny has fought hard for nearly 13 years. There was a brief glimpse of our old Dan over the weekend, it was a gift. Now he is resting peacefully. Dan's not able to talk much. We are praying at this point, that God is preparing as well for whatever he has planned.

Nothing can ever prepare you for the way you will handle this part of the journey. I must share with you... although I cry off and on, the thought of my life without my buddy, I feel at great peace. The peace only God can grant. The love I feel for him makes me feel safe. I am thankful to God for him choosing me to be his Mom. Danny's positive attitude brings me back to where I like to be. He will always be with me.

Please continue to pray that God will grant all the Hammond's peace and guide us through to a perfect ending. Danny is bravest warrior who we love so very much.

Gods Got This!


Monday, February 17, 2014 7:03 AM CST

Danny did well through the weekend. He amazingly woke up after the operation and began speaking with us again. I heard one of the docs say something miraculas happened in room 45, Dan is awake and speaking. Who goes through stomach surgery and wakes up asking for a coke!
Gotta love that. Who knew this superhero needed argon gas! Medically speaking he held his own through the last couple days only needing platelets once. Hemoglobin remained stable which is also a good sign. Since this is a wait and see type thing the next three weeks will be the true sign weather things are going well. They are pretty sure they will repeat procedure again. Til then hopefully a lot of healing. Although speaking I do see a little confusion sneak in here and there, most likely from the cancer.
Still hoping to be able to get him strong enough for proton therapy.

He enjoyed his visitors this weekend. He laughed. It all made us feel good to have the old joking Dan back.

He is weak but with us.
We will have a big meeting today with all teams of Docs to see what is next.
Prayers of wisdom, strength, and peace for us as well as all the great docs here.

Friday, February 14, 2014 12:56 AM CST

Danny is just returned from the OR. A team of doctors from both CHOP and Penn united to attempt to stop the bleeding. All agree this is due to the radiation 11 years ago. They had two procedures lined up, one being the use of argon gas to basically burn the area and the other through Interventional Radiology. This was a very hard schedule due to they were going to keep him under GA for both. They began early this morning and decided to go with the argon approach. This is a wait and see kinda thing. Dan has had three bleeds in the last two weeks and we can't let him bleed forever. It will take a good three weeks to see if it was successful. They will feed him through his IV and hopefully things will get better. In the mean time we can not even visit the option of proton therapy for his brain because he is just to sick.

We are all enjoying both the jokes for Danny Facebook Page as well as the Dan is our Man Facebook Page. Each make us laugh! On the front of Dans hospital door I have posted Dans rules to live by. They are as follows: live everyday to its fullest, humor (laugh everyday), be positive, and help others along they way! And last but not least Gods got this!!!

We began our day with a shout out from John D' Bella from 102.9 Always look on the bright Side of life! Our theme song and then off to the OR. Making smiles and giving it everything we got! That's Dans way.
He is resting now after quite a day. Once back here in the room Dan made my day. He hasn't said too much lately. As I was trying to comfort him he spoke lowly. He said I Love You Mom. Best gift ever.

Thank you for all the prayers and support.
Gods got it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:55 PM CST

These last few days Danny has been resting peacefully. The great docs here are trying everything to stop this stubborn belly bleed. He is not staying awake for long periods of time but when he does he will nod and smile letting us know he hears us. Blood pressure is high, he has a slight fever and has needed repeated transfusions for platelets. It's a fine balance to keep things in check. Tomorrow he will have another MRI scan. This time the spine. This is to see if the cancer has taken off there as well.

We are so thankful for all the support and prayers. It gives us great comfort to see all of Gods love pure out to us through all the messages posted. Dan is peaceful as he is. I read him your messages and I can see it brings him comfort. I told Dan from the beginning of this relapse Gods got this! The forth time fighting was just to hard. So we handed it over to God then. I can honestly say we are being carried. I feel Gods grace surrounding us. We are thankful for the great care here at CHOP. Grateful for family and friends. We don't have answers for what lies ahead but are very sure if who is leading the way. That gives us the greatest comfort of all.

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:20 PM CST

Still fighting a bleed in the stomach and in ICU. This is the second within a two week period. Dan seems peaceful but not able to talk much at all. He is nodding to answer questions and has a hard time keeping his eyes open. The hospital has lifted visiting restrictions due to his on going illness. All are welcome to come. Dan can hear everything but his body seems to be fighting to hard to keep eyes open. He loves to hear us tell stories and he gives that great smile to acknowledge he is listening. Just before this bleed we were told of the tumor returning in his brain. Although we are pretty saddened by the news we are thankful for all the times their has been answers for a cure. Danny has been a brave warrior since 2001 at age nine. Now 21 he has done more than what many will never do in a lifetime. In a quite way he made a difference. Never complaining, always positive, always wanting to make a difference for others was Dans way. His treatments were not always easy but you wouldn't know it because he would be trying to make someone else day brighter. He makes me laugh everyday! He is my hero!
My super hero needs prayers. Please pray for a peaceful, pain free evening.

Friday, February 7, 2014 4:52 PM CST

We are again in ICU. Danny had another episode of vomiting blood. It caused a code and here we are. The GI docs did a scope and found a bleed in the lower stomached. Nothing that can be fixed. It will be treated and hopefully will stop on its On my way!.

That wasn't the only bad news given yesterday. Danny's MRI scan shows progression of tumor in his brain. This is causing the foggy feeling. There are no more chemo. options. We are to talk to the proton docs at penn Monday. There is a slight chance they can help slow down this progression. We are saddened at all this new information. Danny as always has been a pillar of strength. My prayers for all of us Hammonds is one of peace and strength for what is to come. Our love of God is strong and we call upon him to carry us. I see his grace through Danny and feel his peacefulness surrounding us. Please pray for us ...........

Gods got this!

Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:11 AM CST

Danny is having a rough day. Please pray for him.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 6:41 AM CST

We are back on the oncology floor recovering once again. It was found that Danny has a fungal infection in his esophagus. IV antibiotics are being run. He is back off oxygen to room air and lungs have improved. Docs are keeping platelets at 100 now instead of 50 to prevent anymore bleeding. The liver is still very sluggish and causing problems. Danny is extremely tired but has been loving the e-cards and mail. He received a video from Alex's Lemonade that he truly enjoyed. Being here such a long time with limited visitors has been hard so it helps to receive these words of encouragement. No talk of getting out. We are all so thankful for all the wonderful care he has received here. We are thankful for all the support and prayers. Last week was another unsettling one but Gods got it! He is our strength. Praying for restful weekend.

Monday, January 27, 2014 9:04 PM CST

Unfortunately we are back in the ICU here at CHOP. The day started like most others. Change of shifts 7 am and daily meds at 8:00. After taking his regular meds Dan was to take a slightly newer one that is mixed with juice or beverage. Pretty nasty stuff! Anyway I tried to give this med with a syringe due to the taste. Thinking it was a good idea the first push was swollwed fine the next not so much. Dan began to vomit violently. Large amounts of blood and clots came up. It was so scary! Quickly calling for the nurse and doctors, Dan was evaluated and taken to the ICU. Tomorrow he will undergo a scope in the ER to hopefully determine where he is bleeding from. He again recieved platelets and red blood due to dipping blood counts. Kinda going in the wrong direction but are determined and hopeful!
Hope and prayers keep us going......Gods got it!

Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:42 AM CST

Writing again from hospital. We have been here for over a month now. Danny has been working hard to overcome all the effects from chemo. His blood levels continue to suffer but hopefully with time he can regain strength and come home. He is doing OT and PT everyday. This is an effort due to numbness in his feet and constant fatigue. This extreme tiredness is due to the liver condition and low hemoglobin as well as problems from radiation a very long time ago. He is been getting vitamin K shots, taking vitamin E, and a med prescribed by the GI docs. The liver will heal itself but this may take months. Once blood levels settle down we will be home bound. Can't wait for that day. For now we are sitting tight and giving him time to heal. I pray for healing......

Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:03 PM CST

Today marks 30 days in the hospital. Dannys MRI went well. The tumor, cyst, and thicking of nerve endings all showed signs of improvement. This is great news!! He is suffering from the treatment but nice to know it has done it's job. His blood levels are still very low and he is getting transfusions regularly. He is still juandice. Bilirubin is very high. Tomorrow he will have a liver biopsy. They GI doctors sent lots of blood test and one came back positive for an auto immune hepatitis. The biopsy is the only way to find out if it is indeed that or a chemo. issue. Not sure what to wish for.....just want him to get better. He is still very weak and can not walk or stand without help. As always Danny makes me laugh evryday. I was explaining a new bracelet that was given to me by some dear friends. It means hope. Danny chimed in and said,"did you see mine? This one means allergy and the other allows me access to the whole hospital!!" Gotta love it. No talk of going home but still happy he seems to be over the wicked virus that hit so hard. A few new problems but spirits are still good. They brought a trapee for over the bed so that he can move a little easier independently. My back is killing me! From helping him and maybe my couch/bed??? I hummed the circus song as apparatus was installed. It's a real circus!! We laughed! Trying to keep the humor going so we don't go crazy. Or maybe we are there already???
God's got it! Praying for clear results.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:12 PM CST

We are happy to report Danny is breathing on his own today. What a couple of crazy weeks. Regaining strength and walking are goals we have set. Recieving platelts again now after a long day. Brain scan was done six this evening. Maybe answers tomorrow. Again every day seems to bring ups and downs but today was a good day considering where we are coming from. Tired but making strides. The chemo. has ended but for the next couple weeks his blood will take some hard hits and so he will have to be extremly careful not to catch any other colds or viruses out there. Holding off on the spine MRI til he is alittle stronger.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 4:52 AM CST

Today marks eighteen days in hospital due to complications from the last round of TPCV chemo. I asked Danny if he got the number of the truck that hit him! He has suffered from many blood transfusions for low hemoglobin and platelets, low sodium, liver issues and now the virus RSV has taken him down quick. Seems to have been the perfect storm. All these issues along with low lymphocytes back on Dec.15 caused a chain reaction of disaster. When Dan got hit with the virus his platelets were low causing bleeding in the lungs. His lungs are compromised from radiation 11 years ago. So what would be a normal cold for most hit hard. We have been in ICU for eight days now. He is improving slowly but steady. He always amazes me with his strength. Not once did he complain about spending the holidays in the hospital. Not once a complaint when he woke up with a breathing tube down his throat. He was just peaceful and appreciative of the care he was receiving. His body is shaky and weak but he is working hard with physical therapy and OT to regain what has been lost. He stood today with walker and sat in the chair for quite awhile. These seem like easy tasks for most but right now they are a struggle. He has been in this kind of spot before and know he will get stronger everyday. Because the chemo. Has hit so hard we are finished. The MRI will be in the next couple of weeks. We are hoping we have done all we could of to beat the beast once more. Dan is strong from the inside out. He is the bravest. He makes me proud. He makes me smile. God is watching over him in this fight. I feel his presence everyday. Please continue to pray for the best results ever! Thank you for all the support. All the Hammond's are lucky to have such wonderful family and friends.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 8:13 PM CST

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas. Danny over the last couple of weeks has had quite a time of it. Three weeks ago after completing round 7 of his oral chemo. treatment he became quite jaundice. We spent nearly six days trying to figure out the cause. After many test, it comes down to Danny's body has enough chemo. and his liver has had it. We returned home briefly to end up two days later in the ER. He was in bad shape. Weak, and pretty beat, we come to find out along with all counts dropping to an all time low Danny had pneumonia due to the RSV virus. This Christmas was spent in CHOP. Sounds bad but oddly it was okay. He really needs to be here. His brother, brother in laws and sisters rallied and made it a most memorable Christmas Eve complete with ugly sweaters and outfits! They exchange gifts ate pizza and hung stockings on the IV pole. The spirit of Christmas was certainly present this year. We are still here at CHOP getting great care and trying to regain strength beat the virus, clear his lungs and other complications such as change seizure meds and angry liver. Dan put it simply. I might feel better if they would just stop helping me feel better. Each solution seems to try him more because he is just exhausted. Hoping for a restful night and a better tomorrow. Gods Got it!

Friday, October 25, 2013 7:10 AM CDT

Just a quick update. Danny is doing better. Working hard with Pt and Ot. Trying to regain walking unassisted once again. He just finished a round of oral chemo last week, round six. We will see doc on Tues. We are unable to use the IV chemo. anymore so it's just a check up. Praying for the oral chemo to keep the tumor at bay. Spirits are good.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 8:29 PM CDT

Happy to report we are home!!!!After a scary week we have luckily found out that there is no tumor growth and the shunt is working. We will have to stop the IV portion of the TPCV chemo. Hopefully without the Vinchristine things will remain stable or continue to get better. Dan has lost the ability to walk independently due to the IV meds he has been on since April. The great people of CHOP took awesome care of us. Dan was brave as always but was quite beat up. We are appreciative for all the prayers and support. We are trying to stay positive and focus on getting stronger. Gods got this is are motto and he will give us the answers as we go along. We are in good hands.

Thanks for checking on us.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013 8:57 AM CDT

Danny and I here at CHOP. Came in yesterday in hopes of some answers. Dan recently has lost his ability to walk unassisted and is having some trouble finding the right words when speaking. Both very scary. CHOP is working hard setting up all necessary test to find us some answers. Our motto has always been Gods got this! We are in need of your prayers. Hopefully today will bring some answers.


Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:34 PM CDT

Danny had a scan the last week of August. The scan showed that the chemo. is shrinking the tumor!! We are very happy that is happening, however they are seeing a developing cyst attached to the tumor which is concerning. The cyst can cause problem just like the tumor so we will watch it closely. Just recently after the oral treatment round 5 Danny is suddenly is having a hard time walking unassisted. He is very wobbly and unsteady. We have been told this is chemo. related. Hoping to regain some strength and get back on his feet soon. Prayers are needed. He still has his same great spirit but I hate watching him struggle.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4:43 PM CDT

Danny received an IV treatment today. We are in the 3rd round in what we hope to be twelve rounds total. The treatment has to be done at CHOP. Things are tolerable but wearing. Next scan will be at the end of August. As I sat waiting today for Danny name to be called I couldn't help to watch as the waiting room filled with children with cancer. Such a variety of children: all ages, all sizes. I sat and prayed for them all. We have been on this path for 12 years now. When we started, treatments were tougher answers were few. Still so many unanswered questions and so many children fighting for their lives and although I have seen things getting slightly better this cancer stuff stinks! With all we have we muster up strength and positiveness but seeing all the children just break my heart. Summer is for catching lighting bugs, swimming, and ice cream!...not waiting rooms, needles and chemo. What I know to be true, is living life to the fullest is for the now. Appreciating family and friends is for now. Laughing out loud is important. Love is everlasting and what holds us together. God is walking this path with us. Jesus is in the waiting room as well. It is not a sad place when you look at it this way. The people in the waiting room are loving one another, laughing out loud and living to the fullest. As you read this worry less, laugh more love more and mostly pray more for all less fortunate than us.

Thanks for checking in,


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:15 AM CDT

Danny had his MRI on Monday. We received the results on Thursday. After Dr Phillips reviewed the scan along with the board of doctors at CHOP even though no change has occurred they feel it is okay to remain on the TPCV chemo. for two more months hoping it is to early to see the improvement. They will check another scan in two months. So we just started round three of the oral treatment last night. This I feel is one of the hardest weeks. Getting up every couple of hours through the night giving the meds and the restrictive diet that comes along with these meds. is a pain but not if it works!!!

Tonight we have been invited to the great chefs event. This is another great fundraiser that Alex's Lemonade Foundation is running to raise funds for research. The telethon raised well over a million last Thursday. Hoping to post Dannys interview for cbs3 They did a great job. Looking back on Dans illness and where we have come from til now is only amazing!!! The Lord has great plans for Dan I see it in his actions. Gods grace is working through him. Dan has an amazing attitude. Very proud to be his Mom.


Monday, June 3, 2013 9:17 AM CDT

Danny is in the MRI as I write today This is his 3 month scan since the relasp. Dr Phillips will call results later today. Just hopeful that this are going in the right direction. Spirits have been good and treatments tolerable. Next week we will begin an oral treatment week. We have completed two rounds. They expect we will do this for one year. We have settled into the treatment and are really doing well with things. Dan mention he had no axiety today which is an answer to prayer that the Holy Spirit is caring us. What a great feeling.

The Alex's Lemonade Telethon is this week. Dan and I will be there. Our time slot is 2-4:00. Tune in it is pretty insiring.

I will post results as soon as possible. Say a prayer! Have a great day.


Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:51 PM CDT

Danny's port has been placed and IV chemo. was given Tues. Things went pretty well. It was a very long day starting at 6:00. Surgery around 8:00 and then once he was done recovery we headed to oncology for his treatment. Left the hospital around 4:00. Danny always has a funny line of the day. He never disappoints me. Once he was put under the GA they had to place an IV. Two nurses one on each hand tried while he was asleep. When he awoke his wrist were so bruised. We counted 7 tries on one hand and another 5 on the other. He simply says so much for flying under the radar if they keep this up everyone is gonna wonder what I am up to!!! So we made it through another obstical and things will be easier for him from now on.

Thanks for checking in!!!!


Monday, May 13, 2013 7:20 AM CDT

Danny will have a port placed tomorrow. This is his third time. He is having trouble getting the IVs so this will really help. The oral round this time left him tired but the anti-nausa meds are working well. Spirits are good as well. After being put under for the placement he will recover and hopefully get his IV Vinchristine through the newly place port. He will also report to Endocrinology early Wed morning for an appointment.

Lemonade Days are fastly approaching. The money being raised for Alex,s Lemonade are funding many research studies through out the United States. Danny was treated with Alex when they both were little. Alex and Dan both share the wish of curing all pediatric cancer so if you get the chance to help please do so! Alex lost the fight but her spirit inspires us all everyday.

CBS-3 Telethon June 6,2013 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check it out

Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:02 PM CDT

Danny has been scheduled for a new port to be placed May 14th. This is also is his IV treatment day so that is just one less trip to the hospital!! He will begin oral chemo this Monday after blood counts drawn in the morning. He has had is ups and down days but in typical Dan fashion, never any complaining. He has being doing physical and occupational therapy a couple times a week. He is determined to stay strong. Not sure what this round will be like because he was sick with a virus last time around. Danny was ask to speak at an up coming Alex's lemonade function so he is preparing for that. Also did some commercials for the CBS 3 Alex's Lemonade telethon which will be coming up in June. So all in all keeping busy and loving life one day at a time!

Thanks for checking in.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:02 PM CDT

Tuesday was an IV treatment at CHOP. The IV team had such a hard time getting the vein Dr Phillips has decided to have Danny receive a port. This will be done with in the next two weeks. We are still ironing out the bumps to make him more comfortable but none of this is ever just easy. The weeks between seem to be his best time which is good. The spring weather helps everyone!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 8:44 AM CDT

Danny received his IV chemo, Vinchristine despite an awful stomach virus yesterday. His counts had dropped but not enough so it was a go. I guess it helps to stay on schedule so we are happy to do so. The IV team at CHOP saved the day!! Dan was somewhat dehydrated and even on a good day he is a hard stick. Veins are small and not so great for IVs. We are hoping to keep doing treatments with IVs and not placing a port again so we will see. He really had to push through yesterday but in Danny style no complaining.....
Resting today and still not looking so good. Hopefully he will perk up once the virus passes.

Thanks for checking in,



Monday, March 25, 2013 9:51 AM CDT

Danny did pretty well with the first round of oral chemo. He is sleeping more than usual. Not to happy about the diet restrictions. We are finding things he can eat but it is a real pain. He is in good spirits like Danny always is. Thanks for checking in.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:08 PM CDT

We began TPCV yesterday. Glad to report that Danny has been sleeping a lot but all meds. are staying down! We adjusted the foods allowed and meal times but so far things are going well.
As the week goes on there are more meds. of chemo added so lets pray for no side effects and a continued appetite!

We will keep you posted. Thanks for checking in.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:41 PM CDT

Danny will begin chemo. this Tues. We have had our ups and downs but we will feel more settled once we get started and see how Dan reacts to the drugs given. The unknown is always the hardest part. My dining room table is filled with prescriptions and instructions. I am sure that the first week will be crazy but most things that are new make you feel that way. Praying for the least side effects or non at all sure would be nice. Planning on enjoying the weekend with friends and family. That is always the best medicine out there!!!


Thursday, March 7, 2013 4:48 PM CST

Danny, his Dad and I went to Penn to visit Dr Lustig today. He is the proton doctor. We were hoping for a clear answer and that we got. After reviewing Danny's case of ten years ago he bluntly told us that we should do chemo. The reason for this was that there was a chance with the radiation treatment he could become paralyzed. Needless to say we are NOT there yet and hopefully will not be. We politely thank him and headed to CHOP to let them know we were on board for the chemo suggested. Once all chemo. is ordered we will start. This will take place soon. We see Dr Phillips on Monday to finalize the plan.

Thanks for the prayers and support. God's Got It!!! So here we go!


Friday, March 1, 2013 9:01 AM CST

It saddens me to report that Danny's cancer has returned. The MRI of last Tues. shows not only growth in the original tumor sight but also some bleeding. This is alarming and needs to be treated. We met with Dr Phillips at CHOP today to discuss the options. The chemo would run a 42 day cycle including both oral and iv meds is one option. The chemo is called TPCV. The oral part would be given at home and at the end of the first week the treatment hits the hardest. This chemo given for a years time or as tolerated. The second option would be proton therapy, radiation. Dan has already received his life time dose but this a new type of therapy and we are going to meet with a Penn doctor who has taken care of Danny when he was 9 on Thurs to review this option. We are due back to CHOP on March 11th to make a final decision. Dan is an adult this time and a smart one at that. He is weighing his options and asking questions. He is well aware at how hard any of these option will be. He is brave and beyond his years in so many ways. Our hearts are heavy at this time but feel Gods strength working once again. Dan is a fighter!!! and with all Gods grace we will and can do this again. This will be Round FOUR!! against this thing we call the beast. Our MOTTO for round four GOD'S GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!

Danny turns 21 today!! We are full of joy to celebrate with him. He is wiser then his years but still wants to sit on a bar stool! And so we shall......3/4/13

Sunday, December 9, 2012 5:03 PM CST

Another Christmas miracle! Dan's scan Friday shows to be stable!! They will scan him again in 3 months. Both brain and spine at that point. We are so very thankful. Ready for am awesome holiday!


Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:05 AM CDT

The Parkwayrun was very successful again this year. They raised $860,000. Always a great day of support for all the kids fighting cancer and their caregivers. Thanks for all who help in this great cause!

Next MRI is Nov 30th. All is well. Dan is feeling great.

Life is good.


Thursday, September 13, 2012 2:59 PM CDT

We are enjoying the news and getting into the swing of fall. Danny has returned to Holy Cross as a computer aid. We will be going once again to the Parkwayrun for CHOP Sept30th. Team Danny has been participating for many years now. Anyone wishing to join Team Danny we would love to see you!

We certainly have had an emotional roller coaster this summer. Loving the break once again!


Friday, August 31, 2012 12:23 AM CDT

Yesterday's results surprised us all. Our prayers were answered. Dr Phillips reported there had been NO change!! A pleasant shock to us all!!! We will rescan in Nov keeping a close eye on both head and spine but for now we are again in a holding pattern. Life is good. God is great! We are relieved.

Thanks for all the prayers!!!


Monday, August 27, 2012 10:21 AM CDT

Dan will have his scan on Wed. Results with Dr Phillips first thing Thur. We are feeling ready. I overheard Dan telling someone,
"I feel great shame my scans are not agreeing with how I feel" That is something I am thankful for. The pain before was horrible. Here's hoping for some kind of chemo with less side effects.

Thank you for your prayers!


Sunday, August 5, 2012 3:56 PM CDT

Yesterday went great!!! We held an Alex's Lemonade stand here in Sea Isle and raised 2,500.00!!! We had alot of help. Groovy Girls, Kix's, Sea Ilse Ice, Welches and Rita's all donated and helped in some way to support the cause. It was great to see all who care and it really boosted our spirits!! Danny was also paid a visit by the mayor here in Sea Isle. He was happy with the fight Dan has within and will be presenting him with the KEY TO THE CITY!!! This will take place Monday here at city hall at 11.

Lots of smiles!!


Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:37 AM CDT

We will be holding an Alex's Lemonade Stand in Sea Isle, NJ !!!!! August 4th,2012 Groovey Girls has agreed to help bring Alex's Lemonade to Sea Isle!!! It's location will be in front of Groovey Girls 42nd and Landis Ave, Sea Isle City. The mayor has put it on the calendar so it is a GO!
Details will follow but we are excited to be involved. Danny is doing well with his new blind cane. It is great to see him taking walks without holding on. The cane allows him to look up and see the world!!! The cane takes care of the rest so he isn't falling over things. I know I took this for granted until one day I tried going through a day looking down. It was really pretty hard. Great progress in the training. What a difference it is making. he hasn't stepped on my foot in a week!!

Enjoying each day......

Monday, June 25, 2012 9:04 AM CDT

We retreated to our favorite place, Sea Isle and boy did it do us all good. Still shaken by the news but finding our way to feeling stronger. We are always open to God's will but sometimes it takes our bodys sometime to catch up. Enjoying summer. Enjoying family and friends. Thanks for the prayers. I feel them working.

Monday, June 11, 2012 11:34 AM CDT

Emotion are running high. It never gets easier to deal with beast as Danny calls it. One minute you feel strong and the next not so much. It was a good move to do the telethon. They raised over 1 million dollars. In many ways it helps to keep pushing but in quiet times you can just wish we could conquer the beast and it would all go away. Keep praying!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:47 AM CDT

Today CBS3 will be holding The Stand For Hope, Alex's Lemonade Telethon. As many of you know Dan has been speaking out on behalf of Alex and all kids that have cancer. Last Thursday when the news came that Dan's cancer was back he turned to me and said please call and tell them I can't help this time. Being as upset as I was I understood and contacted Alex's. After a couple of days and things sunk in. Dan and I were talking and realized that we were wrong! Alex raised money when she was sick. Sure it was a hit and we are uneasy but the message of a cure for ALL pediatric cancer is that important so we will be there!!! Our prayers are for all the children and their familys that face this challange.

Thanks to sister Cassey for helping out with Danny's website! I know nothing about loading pictures and such but she did a great job! She also attached so links below.


Friday, June 1, 2012 5:43 AM CDT

May 31st was another day we will remember........It seems Danny's cancer is growing in the original site. This sadden us all. Dr, Phillips has decided to scan Danny again in three months to see just where we are in this fight once again. Having a year off was such a blessing. He is strong as ever. We are not sure when it started to grow and since Danny has already received so much chemo. we want to be sure to pick just the right kind. After the next scan it will be decide just what the plan will be. So until then we ask everyone to PRAY!, PRAY! PRAY!!! We all know that is the best medicine of all.
Thank you,

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:28 AM CDT

The past year has flown by. We have enjoyed every minute. It was full of good times and much laughter. We celebrated family weddings, births, and life in general. Danny now 20 is enjoying working as a computer aid at the elementry school he once attended three days a week. He also has enjoyed many opportunies to speak out on the importance of raising money for pediatric oncology research. One of his most memorable was speaking at the Alex Scott Lemon Ball. The evening raised in total over 700 thousand dollars. His experiences and humor make quite a speach! For fun he enjoys comics and a game called heroclix. He plays this four hour game on Sat afternoons. He is looking forward to meeting Stan Lee this friday. He is the creator of Spiderman and others alike. Dan has said the comic world has been an escape from the reality he grew up with. Danny is looking strong and feeling well. I am writing this update as he lays in the scanner once again...... We laughed and decided we have to be at like 50 MRI's by now! As he went under today he smiled and waved to me as he always does. With alittle smile he was off. Please pray for God's will to be done today and always in our life. Results will be has been good.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:28 AM CDT

The past year has flown by. We have enjoyed every minute. It was full of good times and much laughter. We celebrated family weddings, births, and life in general. Danny now 20 is enjoying working as a computer aid at the elementry school he once attended three days a week. He also has enjoyed many opportunies to speak out on the importance of raising money for pediatric oncology research. One of his most memorable was speaking at the Alex Scott Lemon Ball. The evening raised in total over 700 thousand dollars. His experiences and humor make quite a speach! For fun he enjoys comics and a game called heroclix. He plays this four hour game on Sat afternoons. He is looking forward to meeting Stan Lee this friday. He is the creator of Spiderman and others alike. Dan has said the comic world has been an escape from the reality he grew up with. Danny is looking strong and feeling well. I am writing this update as he lays in the scanner once again...... We laughed and decided we have to be at like 50 MRI's by now! As he went under today he smiled and waved to me as he always does. With alittle smile he was off. Please pray for God's will to be done today and always in our life. Results will be has been good.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:28 AM CDT

The past year has flown by. We have enjoyed every minute. It was full of good times and much laughter. We celebrated family weddings, births, and life in general. Danny now 20 is enjoying working as a computer aid at the elementry school he once attended three days a week. He also has enjoyed many opportunies to speak out on the importance of raising money for pediatric oncology research. One of his most memorable was speaking at the Alex Scott Lemon Ball. The evening raised in total over 700 thousand dollars. His experiences and humor make quite a speach! For fun he enjoys comics and a game called heroclix. He plays this four hour game on Sat afternoons. He is looking forward to meeting Stan Lee this friday. He is the creator of Spiderman and others alike. Dan has said the comic world has been an escape from the reality he grew up with. Danny is looking strong and feeling well. I am writing this update as he lays in the scanner once again...... We laughed and decided we have to be at like 50 MRI's by now! As he went under today he smiled and waved to me as he always does. With alittle smile he was off. Please pray for God's will to be done today and always in our life. Results will be has been good.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:33 PM CDT

I know it has been a very long time but all is going well. Danny is enjoying life. He is volunteering as a computer aid a few hours a week and continues to speak for Alex's Lemonade. All the treatments have left him unable to keep up full time but he is loving the work he is able to do. The speaking engagements that he is doing is a great way to feel like he is helping in the cause for finding a cure. He really makes me proud. It is good to have this time off. Hope all is well with you.
Happy Fall!

Sunday, June 26, 2011 10:03 AM CDT

Great News!!!! Dr Phillips reviewed scan and said Danny is becoming boring!! Music to our ears! We will visit him in Dec, but we not have an another MRI til next YEAR!!!! We are so very excited. It took ten years but things are looking good. We rejoice in God's great plan for Danny. Thank you for all your prayers.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011 8:13 AM CDT

I know it has been a really long time since I have written here but the time away has been wonderful. This was one of our longest break ever. I am writting this as Danny is in the MRI for the sixth month check up. Results with Dr Phillips will be tomorrow. Danny has been doing extremely well. Since December he has worked very hard with occupational therapy as well as physical theraphy. He is
walking slighty better and has regained use of his hands since the shunt issue last August. We are pleased to be here today. We are greatful for all the great care we have recieved here. I ran into Dr Dormans this morning. He is the orthopedic doctor that worked on Dan in the beginning. He told me again how he was the poster child for that original surgery and they have continued in preforming it that way since Danny had done so well. It was nice to here someone elses child benifitted from some of the decisions we made for Dan along the way. I can't wait to tell him. It will make him very happy.

Well as always Danny went off to sleep under GA cracking jokes. Please pray always for God's will to be done.

I will post results tomorrow.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:48 AM CDT

Danny graduated physical and occupational therapy yesterday. It was sixty days of hard work. Much improvement was made . Seems as if he had lost muscle memory over the course of the illness. He will now be able to work out at home. He will need to do something pretty much everyday or he will lose it. He is able to use his hands again! This is wonderful.

He has been helping out with Alex's lemonade by bring awareness to childhood cancer. It is his passion. He has a few speaking appearances coming up along with you might hear him on the radio!! He did some PSAs for the cause and they are being sent out as the lemonade days approach.

Danny's six month break has been great. We are due back to the hospital for a scan on June 22nd. Results will follow the next day. As always prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Nice to report life is good.


Thursday, December 23, 2010 6:35 AM CST

We met with Dr. Phillips yesterday and were told that there was a true miracle on 34th street. (Address of the hosiptal is 34th and Civic Center blvd) For the first time the scan of Dannys brain was better!!! Unexplainable but wonderful news!!! Tumor sights were stable. Now all that is great however.... there is always a however with Danny. Scan did pick up a stripping on Danny's one and only kidney. This is a concern, so test were taken and docs. will talk and we will return on Tues. to find out that piece of the puzzle. It was said it could be infection or maybe the kidney is not working properly. Anyway we will see. Dr. Phillips believes we are in a safe enough place to go six months between scans. That always seems like forever after being watched soooo close so we welcome that news as well. Danny will begin some theraphy for gaining strength all over. Physical, occupational and cognitive are in the works. It was a great day. This is the longest Danny has ever gone without treatment. It will be a ten year fight in April!!! I believe God has a plan for all of us. So joyful and thankful for this news.

Merry Christmas! Make it a good one!

Monday, December 20, 2010 9:57 AM CST

I know it has been a very long time since I have posted anything but the break was a great one! Danny will have an MRI tomorrow. This is a four month check. He will once again go under GA. Results will be on Wed mrning due to the holiday. It's nice not to have to wait so long for results. We are ready and waiting for Christmas. I made sure my week was freed up to help Danny and enjoy the family. As always please keep him in your prayers. Enjoy today.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:23 AM CDT

Hey it's that time again.....Parkwayrun!!! This Sunday on the Parkway. Our team is again Team Danny. We have earned a tent and are excited to be particapating again this year. If you are able please come out and join us. All proceeds benifit pediatric cancer research at CHOP (our favorite hospital!) Donations can still be made at

Danny is getting around better and feeling well enough to walk at the event. Also,he will speak for the first time this evening for Alex's Lemonade. He is very excited to get out and help in the cause to beat childhood cancer.

Thanks for checking in.

Monday, August 30, 2010 8:33 AM CDT

The phone rang early this morning. It was CHOP. No cancer cells were found in sample removed from last weeks surgery. YEAH!! Praise God. Danny will have another MRI in 4 months. Everyday I am seeing signs of improvement.
He was able to have control of his hand enough to write his name yesterday. Boy do we take things for granted. So all is well. Enjoying the last days of summer. Thanks for checking on us. Jody

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 9:00 PM CDT

Danny is home and on the mend. He is sore and is still very wobbley. It seems to be getting better very gradually. Saw some friends and that is always good. We will not know any pathology results til later this week. Dr Phillips was happy the blockage was so low in the shunt tubing because he feels there is a better chance of it not being cancer cells. I told Dan it better not come back with the results that it is the fat from the frys he eats from McDonalds!!! Anyway glad we are home.

Saturday, August 21, 2010 8:03 AM CDT

Danny is in the hospital. He had surgery to revise his shunt. Tues. MRI showed tumor sights were stable but ventricles where large. Danny has been unsteady lately and even experieced loss of mobility in his hands. This was concerning so when the results of the MRI showed extra fluid in his brain it was a God sent. We never left the hospital Thur. Oncology sent us dirrectly to see Dr Sutton in Nuero-surgery. He then sent us to a room to be admitted. Surgery was Friday and all went well. The blockage was found in his stomache area. He is sore but resting nicely. What was blocking the tubing will be sent to the lab to rule out cancer cells. Results in about a week. Danny reports,"My head feels soooo much better." We have been struggling with not knowing what was going on so we are relieved and happy to be in God's care. Danny's spirits are good. Cracking jokes as usual. Nice to see him smile. Jody

Friday, August 20, 2010 9:59 AM CDT

Danny is the in the hospital. He will have a shunt revision today around 2:00. The MRI results showed no tumor regrowth but did show large ventricles. This may have been why he has been so unsteady lately. We are happy to be here at CHOP. Dr Sutton who has done all Dannys surgerys will be the surgen again. Dan is in good spirits and very hungry!! No food til after surgery. We never made it home after yesterdays appointment with Dr Phillips. Everything went really fast and there was an opening so here we are. I will keep you posted. Thanks Jody

Friday, August 20, 2010 9:59 AM CDT

Danny is the in the hospital. He will have a shunt revision today around 2:00. The MRI results showed no tumor regrowth but did show large ventricles. This may have been why he has been so unsteady lately. We are happy to be here at CHOP. Dr Sutton who has done all Dannys surgerys will be the surgen again. Dan is in good spirits and very hungry!! No food til after surgery. We never made it home after yesterdays appointment with Dr Phillips. Everything went really fast and there was an opening so here we are. I will keep you posted. Thanks Jody

Friday, August 20, 2010 9:59 AM CDT

Danny is the in the hospital. He will have a shunt revision today around 2:00. The MRI results showed no tumor regrowth but did show large ventricles. This may have been why he has been so unsteady lately. We are happy to be here at CHOP. Dr Sutton who has done all Dannys surgerys will be the surgen again. Dan is in good spirits and very hungry!! No food til after surgery. We never made it home after yesterdays appointment with Dr Phillips. Everything went really fast and there was an opening so here we are. I will keep you posted. Thanks Jody

Friday, August 20, 2010 9:46 AM CDT

Danny is in the hospital and will have surgery to revise shunt. MRI shows tumor sights are stable. Not sure why this happened but glad to be at CHOP. Danny has been very unsteady in the last couple of months. Hopefully this will correct things. He is in good spirits but very hungry!! No food til after surgery. The blockage will be sent to pathology. I will keep you updated. Say a prayer.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:03 PM CDT

Danny has graduated high school!!!!! Yesterday was wonderful day filled with excitement as I watched a miracle unfold. He walked with the rest of the class of 2010. Words can not express my joy!! I trust this is all part of Gods plan for him. I am so proud. I am sooo happy.
In the fall Dan will join forces in helping find a cure with the Alex's lemonade foundation. He is very excited. Just recently he expressed maybe he was left behind to help. I am sure of it. Thanks to all who pray so very hard for Danny. He is a miracle. Today is a great day.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:40 PM CDT

God is watching over us. We are again excited to report Danny's scan of his spine proves to be stable!! We will return to CHOP Monday for CAT scan of his head due to repeated sinus infections and dizziness. I do not think this dizziness is due to tumor but the CAT scan will rule out sinus issues. There is a very good chance however that this weakness is due to the radiation treatment years ago.
Always something. Always guessing?? We will see the ENT staff at CHOP early May.

Prayers are needed for our dear Dr. Phillips. He has had a very bad bicycle accident. He suffered a fractured scull, broken ribs, puctured lung and a few more broken bones. We missed him greatly during this last scan. He has been a great comfort to all of us. Please pray for a quick pain free recovery for him.

Danny is quite excited about graduation, prom, and up coming parties. It is wonderful to be here. Feeling pretty well and enjoying life. Quite a lot has happen over the last nine years. I am proud of his great positive outlook on life. His journey has taught us all so much.

Thanks for checking in.....Jody

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 8:39 AM CST

Danny will turn eighteen tomorrow!! God has blessed us. He has beaten so many odds. He has been through so much and taught us so much. I am so very proud of how he has lived this experience. He is always so possitive and funny even on his worst days. He is the most patient patient!!

Next MRI will be April 6th. Results should be on the 8th.

Think Spring and Celebrate Life,

Thursday, December 10, 2009 2:44 PM CST

Our prayers have been answered! An early Christmas for the Hammonds! Praise God! Danny's scan was stable and also showed improvement in the extra fluid he has in his head. We are all very excited. Dr. Phillips will see him again in four months. What a wonderful blessing! Merry Christmas to ALL!! Jody

Monday, December 7, 2009 8:08 PM CST

We will return to CHOP tomorrow for Danny's MRI. It has been four months since we have checked the tumor sights. We have enjoyed every minute of our break away. Pray hard for good results. We are looking for an early Christmas present!! We will receive the results on Thursday.

Danny is juggling his school work and stage crew. Most weeks he makes it a couple of days. The lack of energy comes from all the treatment this far. He spirits are always great. Love to see him smile. He has dealt with this fight with such a positive attitude. It keeps us all going. God has blessed us with living everyday to the fullest. I will be sure to post on Thursday. love Jody

Monday, October 26, 2009 7:29 AM CDT

I can't believe it's fall already! Dan has been enjoying scholl up until a week ago. He went on a retreat and come home with a fever and virus. He dosen't bounce back to fast but is on the mend. He recieved the H1N1 shot last Thurs. and should be kept home until completely immunized. He is looking forward to doing just that. There have been quite alot of swine flu cases around so it is just safer for him to be here.

We will return to CHOP in Dec. for next scan so for now we will enjoy the break and try to dodge all the flus out there!

Please pray for this next scan extra hard. It would be great to have an uninterrupted Senior. year! Also I also am on the mend. I experienced a heart attack two weeks ago. It really rocked me. There was no blockage. It was a spasm to one of the arteries. I am getting stronger everyday. I will see cardiologist on Thurs. Anyway they said it could have been stressed induce? I say what stress? I know God is completly in charge leaving me calm but my body is doing something else I guess. Please pray for strength for me. I am feeling alittle whimpy! Thanks Jody

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:58 AM CDT

Well it is that time again!! The Parkwayrun is just around the corner. This event has raised much needed research money to help those kids that are faced with fighting cancer during childhood. Just recently while at Danny's appointment I was faced with the surprise of Dannys survival. This meaning that he has surpassed all expectations of where he is today. I know that our prayers are a big part of this however so is the research allowing kids like Dan to have hope for a future. Our Team name is Team Danny. It will be held Sunday Sept. 27th down on the Parkway. You can get all needed information by logging on to This is a great day of support for all those lives touched by this path so if you can come join us in the fight aginist pediatric cancer. Hope to see you there! JOdy

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 6:35 PM CDT

We are so very happy to share once again Danny good news!!
The scan was stable. Dr. Phillps will rescan in December. I know many have followed us for quite sometime now. Danny is surpassing all expectations!!! This is a miracle!! Your prayers and support have been so important to us. I thank you all. I know you have been asking for pictures so I will get some help in doing so. I really need to learn how myself. Danny will start his Sr. year this year. He looks better than he has in a very long time. The summer has been good to us. I will work on those pictures!! I promise. Jody

Sunday, August 9, 2009 8:31 PM CDT

I know it has been a long time but we have enjoyed the break!! The Hammonds are all well including Danny. We have been blessed to spend time once again this year at our favorite place, Sea Isle City. We are well rested. We all love the shore. we spent lots of time visiting with family and friends. We had a blast.

Danny will be having yet another MRI on Tuesday August 11th. He will again be put under. Results will follow the next week. Anxiety was a little high last week. Dan is just loving his life and is not looking forward to it being interrupted. We have said our prayers and will once again trust in Gods will. I ask you all for prayers as well. It is never easy going back but we are strong and feel God's love. I will be sure to post results as soon as possible. Love to all, Jody

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:41 PM CDT

We happy to report not only was the last scan stable but Dr. Phillips has said it is time to remove the port!!! This will take place on May 14th. This is a huge step in the right direction. We are looking forward to not running back and forth to the hospital for port flushes. Danny will be checked again in August. We intend to love and live every second. Looking forward to a great summer. Last year we spent much of our time running to the hospital.

Danny went to the junior prom Friday night. He looked great. He looked healthy. I cried as I helped him with his tie. He had a great time. I was glad he made it through the weekend without complications. He now however has a horrible head cold. He always seems to catch something when he pushes his body. I think making the prom was worth it. He will have his Sr. pictures taken tomorrow. Who would have thought we would be doing that! I have always said God has a plan for Danny. I believe even when things have been rough there is a reason. His illness allows me to enjoy life everyday. We are looking forward to the calm. I am so thankful for all who pray and check in. God bless. Jody

Saturday, April 11, 2009 2:27 PM CDT

Good news on Good Friday!! The Scan showed both Brain and spine as STABLE!! We never find out while still in the hospital but the radiologist was trying to track me down to let me know of a possible kidney infection. Although odd we are happy about the good news! We have sent a lab out to check what is going on with the kidney. He has no symptoms. We will keep an eye on it. Oh well crazy as it seems I think God sent the news so we could enjoy Easter to the fullest. Hope everyone has a great holiday!! God bless. Jody

Friday, April 3, 2009 7:32 AM CDT

I know it has been so time since I have written but sometimes you just need the break. Danny is doing okay. Seems to me the effects of what the treatments have done are good and bad. Although not presently on treatment Danny is sick all the time. The winter was one virus after another along with the treatment issues. Although this was keeping him from attending school normally his upbeat attitude is still very alive and kicking. He continues to make the best of his days. When he can he joins his friends at stage crew. They are now doing The Wedding Singer. He has to pace himself but really enjoys his time there. April marks eight years of fighting cancer. He has been through so much. Good Friday. April 10th he will have his next MRI. This will determine if he returns to treatment or weather the doc's will remove his port and continue to watch carefully. We will receive the results Tuesday a week from the scan. I will be sure to post it. We wish everyone a blessed Easter. Please remember to pray please on April 10th!! Jody

Thursday, February 19, 2009 10:05 AM CST

Just a quick update on Danny- We have only been back to the hospital for the flushing of the port and to see the endocrinologist. It has been great to not be going as often. He has gained 11 pounds and grew 2/3 of an inch!! Doc's think he is finally feeling well enough to eat! The winter months were tough with colds and viruses. His immune system is not strong at all. He stills battles being tired most of the time but really is enjoying any time at school and with friends. The next scan will be April 10th. This will determine if the port line can come out and the chemo. holiday will continue. April will mark eight years of fighting cancer. It has been a long journey. We are thankful and feel blessed to be here. Dan will turn seventeen in March. That in itself is a miracle. I thank God every day we have each other. We will keep you posted. Praying all the time, Jody

Thursday, January 8, 2009 8:41 PM CST

Danny and the Hammond's have begun 2009 with wonderful news. Danny's scan was stable allowing him an extended three month chemo. holiday. This scan was of both the spine and brain. No signs of change at all. This is awesome. His doctor is very pleased. We are full of joy. Three months enjoying life is a great way to start the new year. We have some follow up appointments for endocrine and orthopedic issues but they should be pretty easy. Dr. Phillips is not surprised Dan is not making it school regularly but is happy with the quality of life with respect to what his body has been through. He was full of smiles and jokes today. I saw relief in his twinkling eyes. What a ride this has been. Dr. Phillips always says Danny doesn't fit the mold. I like to think that it is because God has a plan for Danny that only he knows. He fits into that plan perfectly. I am thankful for your prayers. I believe prayers are answered. I believe that is why Danny doesn't always fit the mold. We are so blessed to have the support of many wonderful people. We are thankful for you all. God Bless you in 2009. Thanks for checking on us. Jody

Monday, December 15, 2008 7:32 AM CST

We are thankful for all of Danny's well days. He looks great. He has now been without chemo. for 4 months. Scans have shown no regrowth. His next MRI will be Jan. 6th. Danny continues to catch every virus or cold but that is easy comparing to how he was feeling. He just completed working with stage crew on the show Annie at school. I think he was determined to make every show. He was successful!! It was quite a moving moment for me to see him take the bow with the rest of the kids closing night. I know I say it all the time but I try always to remember not to clutter my life with "what if's". I caught myself thinking what if he doesn't feel well to be a part of this. I try very hard to be trusting that God is in control and indeed has a plan. At the moment of that bow I was reassured he always is in control and doesn't want any of us to worry. I am glad to have Danny enjoying his life. We are so very blessed. So I will continue to fight the "what ifs" so I will not miss all the great days God has sent our way! The Hammmond's are looking forward to Christmas, the greatest gift of all. We wish all of you a blessed Christmas and as always thank you for your support and prayers. Jody

Sunday, November 9, 2008 6:09 PM CST

We are enjoying every second of the break. We had to have Danny's port flushed at the hospital on Tuesday but all was well. Danny struggled with some bug last week and missed school but is looking good now. He has a tough time fighting even a simple cold. He pushes through when he can. His spirits are great. We are thankful for the simple everyday things. Life is good. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Thursday, October 9, 2008 2:38 PM CDT

Our prayers have been answered!!!! Danny's brain scan was stable once again allowing us three more months of chemo. holiday. We can not express the joy in words. We are confident that God has a plan for Danny as well as all of us. We could not be happier for the gift of time. We have really learned though this journey to enjoy every day. I see Danny do this the best. He is a great example of how I believe God intends it to be. The last couple of weeks off and on he has been flat on his back. His body just to tired and weak from a simple cold?? or meds?? We are still trying to figure it out. Anyway, when asked today by Dr. Phillips."How are things?" He responded,"good". He then went on to say even though he has had those days he is thankful for the ones he was with friends and family and making it to school. Life to him is always positive. I know until we were faced with all of this I thought I was thankful but now it takes on a whole different meaning. We will continue to try to adjust meds. to get the best quality of life. We will enjoy every hour of each day knowing what a gift the time is. We will laugh everyday. We will continue to be thankful for all of you that check on us. Most of all we will give glory to God for all that he has given us. We overwhelmed with joy. Jody

Saturday, October 4, 2008 9:32 AM CDT

Danny was seen at CHOP last Tuesday for antibiotics and blood work. For some unknown reason his sodium was low. We are following up with docs to see what's going on. He will have a MRI on Tuesday this week and results on Thurs. I pray the results allow him more time off chemo.

The Parkwayrun was a huge success. Thank you Team Danny!! It was a moist day but luckily not cold. We greatly appreciate all the support. It was great to see everyone.


Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:49 AM CDT

The Parkwayrun is almost here!! Team Danny is still growing. We are so excited once again in the support of all who will join us. I know I have mentioned it before but this is such a great boost for all the families that are faced with having a kid with cancer. They are expecting nearly 7,000 total on Sunday. This is amazing. The Parkwayrun has grown since we have been involved and we see first hand the strides being made in pediatric cancer research. This brings our family hope. Danny has grown up at CHOP. Seven years is a long time to be fighting to stay alive but here we are!!!
Hope keeps us going. I am thankful to God for giving our family each and every one of those days together. We have lost many friends along the way and I remember them daily. This is a wonderful way to help all who have been faced with this path. Go Team Danny!!

Danny is pushing through his days. School can really wear him out but his mood has been great. (always is) Some mornings his body looks so very tired. He amazes me daily. We return to the hospital next week and Oct. 7th will be the next MRI. Results will be Thur. Oct 9th. Please pray extra hard for good news and a longer break. Dan is just now getting his eye brows back!!

Friday, September 12, 2008 5:22 PM CDT

We are happy to report Danny made to school six days!! He was home today and yesterday. I am hoping it is only a short set back because it is great seeing him enjoy life so much!! We are gearing up for the Parkway Run/Walk which is just around the corner. It is held in the morning on Sept. 28th. For all that have been able to join us you know it is a most moving day. We are always so impowered by the out pouring of support. All money raised that day goes directly to CHOP's research to cure cancer. We have been involved for about four years now. Each year we make it I thank God we are there as a family. I have seen first hand what the money raised is doing. I see the many children that are fighting along with Danny and pray we can ease their pain and suffering. Children faced with cancer are the tuffest kids ever. If you would like to help win in the the fight you can join "Team Danny" on the Parkway or even just make a donation to the cause. Web address for the Parkwayrun is We had four hundred on Team Danny last year. So tell everyone to join in this cause to take back the kids of cancer and just let them be kids!!!

Update!! Team Danny has earned a tent!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 2:59 PM CDT

We are doing well. Spent yesterday at CHOP for IV antibiotics and adjustments again with meds. All is well. We are gladly not returning to the hospital for four weeks!!! It will feel like a life time. Danny will start school tomorrow. He is looking forward to being "normal". I also welcome every second that things are normal. Never thought just covering books and getting supplies would bring such happiness! It is wonderful to shift gears. I hope and pray for everyone to have a healthly happy school year. We will enjoy our break and keep you updated with our news. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 9:51 AM CDT

Our appointment yesterday went really well. Danny's blood pressure was great and levels were also!! Whew!! Doc's think some of his problems might be to all the mix of medicines. This being said we have simplified to see what now is really needed. We will see endocrinology Monday. Maybe more answers will come. We are thankful for things looking brighter. They are calling it a chemo. holiday. I hope this holiday never ends! Jody

Thursday, August 7, 2008 2:14 PM CDT

Hi this is Dan. My scan showed to be stable and thankfully I will be taking a break. Thanks to all the prayers this is possible. Thank you so much for all the prayers and support. I am looking forward to the Parkwayrun. Hopefully we can top the 400 hundred people we had last year. Thanks Again, Dan

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 11:02 AM CDT

Danny had his MRI yesterday. Things went well. Eagerly waiting the results. We will meet with Dr. Phillips in the morning. I will keep everyone posted. If this is a good scan we will be stopping the chemo. and watch him closely. It would be nice to see him stronger and be able to go back to school. Keep praying!!! Jody

Saturday, July 26, 2008 9:46 AM CDT

We are out of here. Danny is looking so much better. The sodium levels corrected quickly so they are letting us leave. Still not sure really why this happens but I am thankful for everything going in the right direction. I really think it is his body letting us know it has had enough!! It was very hard to see him deal with all the very painful cramping. I am so glad to take hime home. Jody

Saturday, July 26, 2008 9:39 AM CDT

We are out of here!!! Sodium levels are back to normal and although still tired Danny is looking much better. No answers on why things corrected so quickly or why it happened but for now we are glad to be going home. Jody

Friday, July 25, 2008 7:06 PM CDT

I am unhappy to report we are once again in the hospital. Danny spiked another fever and we drove from the shore this morning. He seemed overly tired but I thought this was due to crabbing!! I was up through the night checking on him and then the fever. It was a tough ride home. I have learned how to stress dose hydrocortisone and did but he threw up and I was not sure how much he had really gotten. He moaned all the way to the hospital with extreme cramps in his legs and arms. When we arrived his counts were drawn. His hemoglobin was only 8 so he recieved two units of blood. He also recieved antibiotics for the fever. Also the sodium problem again returned. This can be very harmful. We are being kept over night to keep a close eye on things. Hopefully we will not have to be here long. Danny is now looking better then this morning. I prayed all the way home. I am thankful for being here. May God continue to carry us safely along this journey. Danny's next MRI is August 5th. If all is stable or better Dr. Phillips will stop Danny's chemo. and watch him closely. His body needs a long break. We are praying that this last year of chemo. will give us just that. I have complete faith in what ever God's plan is. Today while driving I felt such high anxiety and really pure fear. I began to pray asking God to take charge and restore peace in my thinking. My prayers were answered. We arrived safely and the bad feelings went away. Please pray for the MRI to show stability or Better!! We will keep you posted. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10:49 AM CDT

We are here at CHOP today recieving treatment and monthly anti-biotics. Danny's counts have luckly came back on their own. We were here Friday night with a fever. We drove in the pouring rain in all the 4th of July traffic from the shore. We were able to give the stress dose of hydrocortisone and recieved anti-biotics and was able to go back to the shore the next morning. I have informed Dan just like work he has used up all his sick days!! We are hoping and praying for some quiet time at the shore. Next MRI will be August 5th. Hopefully after this scan we will be able to get his treatments of chemo. every other week. This will happened only if the scan is stable. Please keep us in your prayers. Jody

Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:39 PM CDT

It has been quite a crazy week. First I am now thankful for the fever Danny just experienced. Seems that due to radiation years ago his body is not switching over to stress mode. This is the reason for the salt, potassium, and cortisol to be out of wack. We first thought this might have been a false reading two weeks ago but this time it happened again. It was very concerning. These all need to be in balance to live. I took a class before clinic on Tuesday and feel much better to have a plan for an emergency. When I told Danny I believed my prayer was answered by the high fever he responded with,"next time ask God to answer your prayer during the day I was so tired!!" Doctor Phillips has been on vacation but the other docs. are keeping a close eye. All this said Danny is feeling much better. He really enjoyed today with friends.

Friday, June 13, 2008 8:49 AM CDT

We are here overnight once again. Danny was feeling very unsteady yesterday to the point he was unable to walk unassisted. I was not sure if this was due to the high blood pressure medicine that was introduced on Tues. so I called CHOP. They asked me to take him to our at home doctor for a blood pressue reading. All seemed okay. He ate really nothing all day. At 10:00 last night before his nightly meds. he was burning up with a fever of 104! So here we are. Sodium and Potassium are both out of wack again. We slept very little. He was sent for a CAT scan to check his shunt and sinus and also a series of xrays. They are all okay. He is being pumped with antibiotics and fluids and exaulted!!! Docs. should be around soon. Please pray for answers. I will keep you posted. Jody

Tuesday, June 3, 2008 10:15 AM CDT

We are home!! Danny received a transfusion, lots of antibiotics and fluids. Blood levels were on their way back up so they let us come home to rest. There were really no clear answers just infection somewhere. I am still tired. It's hard to make up the sleep missed.

Danny if he feels well enough will throw out the first ball at the Philles game on Thurs. This was made possible through the great people at the Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation. He will also be featured during the channel 3 telethon for the Alex 's Lemonade stand. Live interview will take place during the 3:00-4:00 pm. time slot. Dan's wish for a cure is that they will find a cure for other kids minus the last seven years that he has had to go through. What a great wish.

Sunday, June 1, 2008 7:39 AM CDT

Danny and I spent the night at the CHOP due to fever. He was running a fever of 101.9. His sodium levels were also out of wack. After time in the ER we were sent to the floor and stayed the night getting antibiotics and fluids. Also received a blood transfusion for hemoglobin. It was long night. The docs have not made rounds yet so we have no answers. Sodium levels are back to normal and low hemoglobin was resolved with the transfusion. They know there is infection some where but not sure where. We are hoping for some answers and our own bed.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 8:07 AM CDT

The break was just what Danny needed. We returned Tuesday and received chemo. and IV antibiotic. Danny gained eight pounds in the two and a half weeks!! He really felt like eating. It was great. We enjoyed a few days at the shore as well as being with friends and family. We are up and running once more. Hopefully we can keep this going with the nice weather coming. Our next scan will be in July.

Channel 3 (Larry Mente)called to interview Danny at the Holy Cross Alex's Lemonade Stand Friday night. Might be on the news that night. I was asking Danny what he wanted to say. He was trying to come up with a way of getting support with out coming across like poor me. He amazes me when he says things like that. He decided he will let everyone know how great his last seven years have been due to the research. He wants all kids dealing with this to get that time and even maybe a cure.

We will also be running a snack bar at the CYO Area meet this weekend. It will take place at the Marple High school. All proceeds will go to CHOPs pediatric cancer research. Please stop by for lunch!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:59 PM CDT

The results are in. Spoke to Dr. Phillips late this afternoon and he reported that Danny's brain scan is stable and the spine area has some improvement. He is pleased with the results. We are as well. He has also given us a break til the thirteenth of May. We are so very happy about both the results and break. Our day yesterday was as easy as it could be. Everything ran on time.(even early) Danny said he was really at peace. He was his jovial self. When asked if anything had changed since the last MRI he responded, "I got a hair cut and brushed my teeth!!" That's my boy! He makes me laugh everyday. Today was good. When I told him the results he simply smiled. It was nice to see his relief in that smile. We will enjoy every minute of our break. Thanks for all who prayed. God bless. Jody

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 11:45 AM CDT

We are waiting here at CHOP while Danny is in the MRI scanner. This wait never gets easier. He is under GA. He says it is to hard to lay still for three hours while they look for cancer. I would like to be knocked out also!! He was surrounded by all his favorite familar faces as he drifted off. I am thankful that they are with him. They have watched him grow up here. It was seven years this April. We have been so blessed along this journey with family, friends, and even strangers that have carried us. God's presence is very apparent in all the wonderful people he has sent our way. As we wait today it gives us peace that we have so many people who care about all of us. Today's scan is being done of the complete spine and brain. We might have results by tomorrow. As Danny and I pulled out of our driveway today we prayed for no footprints today. We always refer to that in the times things are out of our control. Dear Lord, May your will be done, we are here for you, you are in control. We take comfort that God is with us. Jody

Sunday, April 20, 2008 9:27 AM CDT

Dan has been feeling quite beat up lately. After seeing Dr. Phillips on Tues. we are hoping to change this. We are in the process of changing the meds alittle. I am praying for relief. If scan is good the plan is to give his body a rest for a week or so. He is in great need of this. The treatments this time around are weekly with no breaks. He is just not bouncing back as fast anymore. So Pray! Pray! Pray! We will keep you posted on results. Thanks Jody

Friday, April 11, 2008 9:18 AM CDT

Danny is still trying to adjust to the seizure meds. that were increased. He is experiencing mood swings that are not like him at all. This is frustrating to him. We are about four weeks in and this medicine sometimes can take up to six to really settle down. There is so much going on in his body. He really is getting tired of feeling sick. He is trying to spend time with friends and focus on good things to get him through. It is hard to see him battle with this. The nice weather is a great pick me up. We love the summer the best and are praying for great results on the next MRI (April 29th) and looking forward to some sunny days to pull us along. Please keep us in your prayers.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 10:59 AM CDT

The visit went well yesterday. Counts were good. Dan got his chemo. Looks like the MRI will be April 29th. Danny's mood is good but is really tired. No school today. Tomorrow's another day. He is still adjusting to all that new medicine. I was telling him how proud I was of him yesterday. He resonded, "Mom everyone one is given something to handle, this is my cross." I learn something from him everyday.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 8:20 PM CDT

Todayís visit went well. It was good to see Dr. Phillips. He gave Dan a full neurological exam. Dan is really holding his own. The Vinblastine can cause neuropathy but it has only affected his fingers at this time. We discussed Dannyís seizure medicine and made some adjustments. We also added a trial drug for lack of cortisol. This is to see if it will help with the chronic fatigue. His blood counts were good enough for chemo. Spirits were good today. His body has been beaten lately so it was good to see him responding positively. MRI is being scheduled for the third week in April. It has been a long hard winter for us all. We are looking forward to the change of spring and some warm weather and hopefully some wonderful news come next results. Thanks for all your prayers and support. You have all carried us through this hard time. Jody

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 6:29 PM CDT

We were happy to return to the hospital today. Danny experienced two very scary seizures. One Thursday and another Saturday. They were lengthly and during these left Danny with numbness in his hands and face as well as slurred speech. After each he was extremly tired and had a headache. All resolved and was delt with from home with the help of our Docs. We were greatful to stay at home even though they are very rattling!!! Danny's seizure meds have been increased and hopefully will settle in so he will not have to go through this again. He has not been looking so well. He recieved his treatment today as well as a transfusion. I am hoping this helps him greatly and we can get him feeling better. Looking forward to Easter and spring!! Thanks for checking in. God Bless, Jody

Thursday, March 6, 2008 7:22 AM CST

The concert was a blast! The night started with a surprise limo ride sent by some great friends. We were so excited. After arriving in style we went to our upgraded seats, compliments of another wonderful friend, and enjoyed the concert. The night was completed by receiving an autographed copy of the program! It will always be a great memory.

The trip to CHOP was not the easiest but we made it. Dan wants to just block it out. He did recieve his treatment and enjoyed the rest of his birthday. He is not feeling great but I am thankful we snuck the concert in and he was feeling good that day. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. jody

Sunday, March 2, 2008 7:38 PM CST

Danny will turn sixteen on Tue. March 4th. He has always been able to do just that, "march forth". No matter what is asked of him, he trust that God has a plan. I am thankful for EVERY day with him. I will celebrate my birthday tomorrow as well. We are looking forward to the concert and a great milestone of being 16!! Danny made counts and did have chemo. last week. We will spend his birthday at CHOP. Hopefully we will have a quick visit. We have prepped our nurses and they will try to give us the birthday treatment!! haha. Thank You for following our story. It always gives us strength to know we are not alone.

Monday, February 25, 2008 5:25 PM CST

Danny will see Dr. Phillips during tomorrow's visit. He is expected to have chemo. as well. He did not feel well today and looks very pale so I guess we will see what is happening. His spirits have been good. He is looking forward to his sixteenth birthday. When asked recently if if he can't wait to drive he simply replied, "That is something I will never do." This is true do to his loss of sight some years ago. He is very accepting of this road God has put him on. I draw strength from his faith. We will celebrate the big day with enjoying the Bon Jovi concert next week. Should be a good time. I thank God for Danny and my other children everyday.

Monday, February 11, 2008 9:11 AM CST

We are spending the day here at CHOP in the day hospital. Danny will receive his monthly antibiotic,chemo., and most likely blood. He has been hanging in there. I think we all got a boost since the last MRI. Just taking it one day at a time and maybe not feeling as beat up. We took a break and got away last weekend. The trip was enjoyed by all. A great change to the constant fight. This trip was made possible to us by some very generous angels. We are so very thankful to all those who help us along this journey. I think giving Danny the time away is just as important as the chemo. It was just the medicine we all needed. thanks for checking in. Jody

oops! I updated to quickly!! We are out of here. Counts came back and are to low for chemo. A week of rest will do him good.

Monday, February 11, 2008 9:11 AM CST

We are spending the day here at CHOP in the day hospital. Danny will recieve his monthly antibiotic,chemo., and most likely blood. He has been hanging in there. I think we all got a boost since the last MRI. Just taking it one day at a time and maybe not feeling as beat up. We took a break and got away last weekend. The trip was enjoyed by all. A great change to the constant fight. This trip was made possible to us by some very generous angels. We are so very thankful to all those who help us along this journey. I think giving Danny the time away is just as important as the chemo. It was just the medicine we all needed. thanks for checking in. Jody

Monday, February 11, 2008 9:11 AM CST

We are spending the day here at CHOP in the day hospital. Danny will recieve his monthly antibiotic,chemo., and most likely blood. He has been hanging in there. I think we all got a boost since the last MRI. Just taking it one day at a time and maybe not feeling as beat up. We took a break and got away last weekend. The trip was enjoyed by all. A great change to the constant fight. This trip was made possible to us by some very generous angels. We are so very thankful to all those who help us along this journey. I think giving Danny the time away is just as important as the chemo. It was just the medicine we all needed. thanks for checking in. Jody

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 3:41 PM CST

I am writing you from the day hospital at Chop. Danny is getting a transfusion do to low hemoglobin. He recieved chemo. today also. Danny has not been feeling well at all this week. Dr. Philliphs ran a test on his thyriod last week. Results do show numbers that would be hypo.thryroid. This may also be causing the extreme tiredness. There are so many factors to what it might be. All of the following Chemo.?,lack of growth hormone?,thyroid?, low counts or maybe just him fighting for such a very long time and it is taking a tole. Whatever it might be we will push through. Hopefully the blood will perk him up. He will start thyroid medicine this week also. I hope one of these bring some answers. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Friday, January 11, 2008 9:05 AM CST

We are soooo happy to report that the tumors in Danny's brain have shrunk!!! Danny said to me yesterday,"Mom I prayed to God to just make them a little smaller so I could be strong and keep up the fight." He has answered his prayer. Thank you for all the prayers and support. I thank God for him watching over us all. Have a great day!! Jody

Sunday, January 6, 2008 7:58 PM CST

The Hammonds had a great holiday. We were thankful for being together. While we were at chemo. Christmas Eve. Santa and some helpers snuck into our house and delivered a pool table!! We were able to keep this a secret until morning so needless to say Christmas morning was a blast. Danny received treatment both Christmas eve and New Years eve. We all went with him Christmas Eve. We are so lucky to have five great kids!! Danny will have treatment this week as well as a MRI of the brain. Dr. Phillips will give results on Thurs. The MRI weeks never get easier. We have said our prayers and trust Godís plan. Please pray for us all. Happy Healthy New Year!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:54 AM CST

Merry Christmas!! The last couple of weeks have been crazy. On top of taking care of all Danny's needs my daughter,Cassey got mono. on top of a sinus infection. This sent me into high gear!! We had to keep them at a distance so that Danny would not catch this. We missed blood counts last week so no chemo. This week counts were up and he got his treatment. We will be getting his next on Christmas Eve. There was no way around this. We will make the best of it. All the Hammond's are looking forward to the holiday. Have a great Christmas. Jody

Monday, December 3, 2007 2:04 PM CST

We are off to chemo. again tomorrow. Last week while entering the hospital Danny experienced a slight seizure???? He felt the weird feeling in his right arm again but no speach problems. We waited it out with the nurses and it did pass after about a half hour. He has not been feeling very well. I am exausted trying to keep up on what is wrong. He now has so many drugs in him for so many different reasons it is sometimes hard to figure out what is causing what. Along with the physical effects there are also so many emotions. We are trusting God to help us. Cancer can take over everything if you let it. We are trying to make the days as pleasant as possible. He would really like to make it school more often and start spending more time with friends. My prayers are for just that. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Sunday, November 18, 2007 5:54 PM CST

Danny had a bit of a rought night last night. Unfortunately, he suffered another seizure that affected both his speech and the feeling in one arm and in one eye. Jody called Dr. Phillips who requested that they try to "ride out the storm" for about 20 minutes, which they did and sure enough the seizure passed and although Danny's still not feeling well (the effects of the seizure along with a cold), they feel somewhat reassured now that the first event a few weeks back was indeed a seizure and not a stroke.

Please keep the Hammonds in your prayers at this time that they can truly enjoy the upcoming holidays seizure-free and cold-free!

Below are photos we took at the Parkway Run/Walk on September 30. We hope you enjoy it!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 11:39 AM CST

We are so happy to report that the scan results are STABLE!!!! We will continue the course as planned using the Vinblastine chemo. once a week and scan again in two months. Danny's weight and strength in the neurological areas seem to be good. I haven't seen that smile on Danny or that twinkle in his eyes for quite a while. We are all beaming. I thank God for being with us. We feel so much stronger just knowing that the chemo. is working. The Hammonds are going to have the best Thanksgiving ever!!

Below are photos we took at the Parkway Run/Walk on September 30. We hope you enjoy it!!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 2:28 PM CST

Another crazy week ahead. Danny had his chemo. today. Counts were not to bad. The MRI will be this Friday. This will mark three months since we were aware the cancer has returned. It has not been a great time for us. Let's pray for stable or better. I know this will give us all a boost knowing all this chemo. is doing something wonderful. Results will be not until Tues. The wait is always hard over a weekend but we will keep busy. I am thinking only good thoughts..God is always watching over us. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Below are some photos we took at the Parkway Run/Walk. We hope you enjoy!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007 8:04 PM CDT

We are hanging in there!!! None of this is easy but we are taking it one day at a time. It is taking awhile to regulate Dannyís new medicines. I am hoping, as we go along things will get easier. Some days are better than others. He is really tired. We have a treatment tomorrow. Dan has been going to school for a couple of hours but most of his time he is resting. We are trying to keep our spirits high. Keep praying... Thanks Jody

Thursday, October 11, 2007 9:57 AM CDT

We are home and loving it. We continued on seizure meds. but no real clear answers. TMI's (small strokes are hard to detect.) I don't know what it was but it was scary!!!!! I felt so helpless. He couldn't really tell me what was going on. He locked eyes with us and was so very brave. When he awoke the next day I was so thankful to see him smile! He is very worn out but still cracking those jokes. We have been told to just take it easy. Our plan is to do just that. CHOP is the best they ran every test and watched him so closely. Dr. Phillips gave me peace of mind. I am glad to have him with us. Please continue to enjoy everyday. Things can happen all to fast. I thank God for watching over us once more. Thank you for your prayers. We are glad to be home.

Monday, October 8, 2007 6:19 PM CDT

We are sorry to report that we are in the hospital after a extremly scary weekend. Saturday evening Danny told me that he was experiecing a change in sight in his right eye and also a numbness in his right arm. We spent most of the evening being evaluated and were sent home. Sunday he seemed to be fine. Just after 8:00 p.m. he began again with the same symtoms only worse. He lost all ability to form sentences. He wanted to comunicate but could not. I can't even begin to tell you how this broke my heart. With anxietys already at a prime this was almost to much to bare. I called 911 and rushed him to CHOP. He is being watched closely. They are trying to pin point what is happening. Last night they did x-rays to check his shunt as well as a CAT scan. They did an EEG today to look for seizure activity. The results did not help much. He was put on seizure medicine tonight and they will observe him. An MRI is plan for tomorrow. I ask everyone to pray extremly hard for God's strength to be with us. It has been a very frighting experience and we are exausted to say the least. Thanks Jody

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 11:54 AM CDT

Thanks to all that made this Parkwayrun a huge success. Team Danny was the largest team this year!!! We had nearly 400 on our team alone. It was great to see everyone. The support was greatly appreciated. It will make such a great difference in the research. It will help so many others like Danny that are fighting this battle. Words are hard to find to expess how wonderful the day was to all of us Hammonds.

Danny received his treatment at 75% this week. We are hoping all will go well this week with the increase. He is tired but that is to be expected.

Friday, September 28, 2007 2:23 PM CDT

It has just been a crazy week!! Danny did get his chemo. on Tues. at 50 We thought it would be a some what of an easy day but he had a reaction to the IV antibiotics. It was scary. All is well now. His looking forward to his sophmore dance Fri. and Parkwayrun Sunday. Team Danny is growing every minute. It is overwhelming to see the responce. We are deeply greatful for all the support. Channel 10 news will be doing a story on Danny tonight and follow up Sunday. We just can not be happier to bring awareness to the most needed pediatric cancer research. My hope is for a cure.

Saturday, September 22, 2007 2:15 PM CDT

Team Danny has surpassed 125 team members!!!! Thanks to all who have signed up. It will be a great day. I can't even begin to explain how important the research is. I am thankful that research was being done during the two year break we had from tumor growth. It has allowed more answers for Danny's treatment now. The Parkwayrun is the largest oncology fundraiser of the year. We see the efforts first hand. Although no treatment is pleasant they are working hard to find answers to ease the harshness of treatment and maybe someday a cure. It is not to late if you still would like to help. The web site is Click on Team Danny and join our team against childhood cancer.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 5:50 PM CDT

Todays visit was interesting. Danny received a 50eduction of Vinblastine. His ANC blood count has gone up!! It was a wonderful 1400. This was all good however due to Danny's digestive issues the use of the usually prescibed antibiotics to keep Pneumonia away can not be used because it will only make things more uncomfortable for him. The answer to this problem will be solved with weekly IV antibiotics which will be given in the clinic day hospital. This will take about an hour each visit. It was not good news to Dan. The plan was not to have anything else interfer but because he has already been through so much it is a problem. He rarely breaks down but with his,"just to tired to cope feeling" the emotions were running high. My heart just breaks when there is nothing I can do to change things for him. He calmed down on the way home and after talking he amazingly said,"You know Mom it says in the Bible everyone has a cross to bare. Mine is just a heavy one." I agree with Danny that this is a heavy cross. Please pray that God will continue to send us the strength needed and peace so we may enjoy our days. Thanks for checking in..... Jody

Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:35 AM CDT

The week has been crazy. I must say I was nervous about going on Tuesday. We arrived and had blood sent to the lab. His ANC count dropped by alittle less than one hundred. This number must stay above 500 to go to school. Being at 800 or so we were able to receive another round of Vinblastine at 50% reduction. We are happy to continue on this drug. Danny has not felt very well this week. Hopefully next week will not be so hard on him.

Thanks to all who have signed up for the Parkwayrun. Our team is growing everyday. If you would like to join us you can register under Team Danny at It is held Sept. 30th on the Parkway. It is a great day.

Thanks for checking in. Jody

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 8:56 PM CDT

Danny recieved his second treatment of Vinblastine today at a 50% reduction. His white cells dropped by half also(not good). The white cells control the absolute nuetrophil count which measures your immunity. His numbers in this are went from 2562 to 900. Dr Phillips is willing to watch him this week but is wondering if Danny can handle this chemo. Dan is on a list for the next drug but it is experamental. Danny had a severe sore throat, jaw pain, and swollen lips following the last treatment as well as the drop in counts. I am praying for the easiest, safest and effective path. Please pray for a clear answer. Jody

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 9:04 AM CDT

Yesterday was the first chemo. treatment. Danny was unsettled the night before. I know he realizes there is no choice. He is being very brave. He is enjoying his normal life and knows how this might change things. Dr. Phillips included him in signing of the release papers for chemo. He is older now and is very aware of his care and should be a part of the plan. This broke my heart. I wish he didn't have to be brave at all. He was alittle tired yesterday as was I. Something about the hospital is just draining. The day went as smooth as possible. The port site still swollen but worked great. Clinic time was not as long as before which was wonderful. The chemo., Vinblastine, was given at a reduced rate of 25%. This will happen again next week as well to see how it is tollerated. I compare this to heading back to the war zone. Ready or not we are ready to fight!

Saturday, August 25, 2007 10:40 AM CDT

Danny's operation to place the port went well yesterday. The port was placed on the opposite side due to scare tissue. The recovery from morphine and gases made him quite sick so the day was a long one. We arrived at the hospital around 10:00 and returned home around 8:00. The best part of the day was the care from all our old buddies. Danny has many followers at CHOP and they were all checking in on him. It really gives us peace having the best taking care of our Dan. Danny seemed to be strong until we entered the hospital yesterday. I am kinda glad that he was able to let out some emotion. I know how brave he is but how much can a someone handle. I asked for continued prayers and please sign in and let Dan know you are pulling for him he really needs it. Thanks to all the family and friends who have it makes him smile and I know it makes him stronger. Jody

Thursday, August 16, 2007 4:51 PM CDT

Once again time stood still. The words,"it's back" are never easy to hear. We have cried and prayed. Danny looked me straight in the eye and said, "I will fight it again I will not give UP!! He makes me so proud. His biggest worry was how his brother and sisters would take the news. We are all rattled. I said to Danny today we are not defeated. He said defeet are in my shoes!!! He always can keep us laughing. He has an amazing spirit. We need prayers once again. We will have to dig deep to keep the spirits high because we know all to well how hard chemo. can be. There are two small spots in his head, one at the original site, and coatings on the lower nerve endings. We will not give up the fight for the complete miracle!! We are thankful for options. We were given three choices of chemo. That is the research in action!! We are thankful for Dr. Phillips who is amazing. Danny will have a port put back in within the next week and chemo. will follow. He will go to CHOP once a week for the chemo. The duration will be for a year plus?? (Depending on how he will tollerate this) As always I ask all of you to live each day to fullest. Worry less and laugh more and appreciate all those that are close to you. We have been blessed with a great family and wonderful friends. Pray for us to have the strength to hold tight to God's plan.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:38 AM CDT

I am writing to you from CHOP. Danny is presently in MRI. He is under this time and doing both the brain and spine scan all together today. The waiting is always hard but he was brave as always as he waved good night! He could not bare to break up the scans this time around he says it is so very hard to lay still when you know they are looking for cancer. I can't say that I blame him. He is looking great and feeling fine so we have said our prayers and left him in God's hands yet again. We have really been blessed. Results will be on Thursday. I will report back them. Hope everyone is enjoying the summuer. Jody

Sunday, August 5, 2007 9:48 PM CDT

Summer has been great so far. We have been enjoying our time at our favorite vacation spot, Sea Isle. It is just alittle bit of heaven. We are home now and have many appointments coming up. We will be running to the hospital four times in the next two weeks. Danny's MRI will be on Aug 14th. (this is under GA this time due the length and Dan's nerves are shot!) Good part will be both brain and spine will be done in one day. Results are Thurs. These check up MRI's for cancer never get easier but we are confident God is with us.

Many have received the Save the Date for the Parkwayrun/Family walk. It is held on the Parkway on Sept 30th. Danny was picked as the kid ambassador for the fourth year. We are so very thankful for Danny's health but have lost many friends along the way. We believe in the research being done at CHOP. More than ever children are facing cancer. There are to many new faces. You can help by attending this great event. I have created Team Danny so we are ready for registration!! Hope to see you there.

Monday, June 25, 2007 8:59 PM CDT

Great News!!! We saw Dr Mushang on Monday and Danny has grown 1/2" and gained three pounds in three months!! He has not grown since chemo. so the growth hormones seem to be working. MRI is set up for August 14th and results on the 16th. We will enjoy our time til then. The Hammonds are looking forward to the lazy days of summer.

Save the date!! Parkway run/walk will be on Sept. 30th. We have been able to get a team tent for the last couple of years but this year we want the dounuts too!!!! If we have 125 on our team they will supply coffee and dounuts at Team Danny's tent so spread the word!!!! We are really on a mission. Thanks, Jody

Friday, June 1, 2007 4:39 PM CDT

Well we have had a great success in our fundraising efforts!! The track snack bar's total funds raised were $7,000 for the year 2007 season!!!! That's alot of hot dogs and pretzles!!! This money will go dirrectly to CHOP's cancer research fund. The Holy Cross Alex's lemonade stand made alittle over $3,000!! Yeah!! Thanks to all who helped, and supported both of these events.

Danny is looking forward to school's end and summer. He was interviewed by Larry Mendta for the follow up documentary. Not sure when it will be on. I'll try to keep you posted. We were sorry to hear two of the children that were featured with Danny last year lost there fight. It is the reason we feel the need to keep raising money for the cause of cure. To many children are struggling with cancer. They all have the common bond of being young and having cancer but there is more. Many of these children also are the same because they know how hard it is to have cancer and they want nothing more than to save others from this fate and find a cure.

Just found out channel 3 will run a telethon on Thur. June 7th for Alex's lemonade.( through out the day) The documentary will air from 7-8 p.m. that night.

Monday, May 14, 2007 4:47 PM CDT

Danny is doing great. We had a scare about a week ago. He was experiencing some dizzeness. What we thought might be allergies turn out to be more. When Dan stood up the room would spin. After several trips to the doctors we found his blood pressure was off. Laying down 115/80 and standing 100/80. Not knowing what was really going on we were dirrected back to oncology. Not a happy trip. Well after seeing Dr. Phillips we were relieved. He did not think it was tumor. However he did think it was a result of the radiation treatment. Why now? It seems that as we get futher away form radiation more problems might arise. He quickly contacted Endocrinolgy which confirmed that it was just that. Danny's salt level is off. This results in low blood volume. He is drinking around the clock and is on new medicine. He seems to be doing better. I am thankful for his health so far. Somedays he gets tired of the daily needles and daily meds. but looking back this is nothing. Cancer is a life long fight. There are many unknowns but life is great. Danny is really looking forward to summer. School really wears him out. I am looking forward to it as well.

Alex's Lemonade Headquaters called today. Channel 6 was looking for Danny and another interview. Bringing awareness to childhood cancer is important to Danny. He hopes with enough research other kids will not have to deal with cancer and grow up healthy. We will be helping with the Holy Cross Alex's Lemonade Stand. It will be held Thursday May 24th 12:00-4:00. Also, our track snack bar will be held Sat. May 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m. It is being held at the Marple High School. All the proceeds go to CHOP oncology research. If you are in ther area we would love to see you.

Thanks for checking in. Love, Jody and Danny

Sunday, March 18, 2007 9:30 AM CDT

We have just celebrated a milestone in this journey. March 16,2007 marks two years out from chemo.!!! Although a very rough road the chemo. has given us great results. It has been said many times that if we can get to this point.... if the tumor dosen't grow in a two year span... I always felt like they were hitting me in the gut!! Well with God's blessing he has made it to this point. There has been no growth. Life is good. If we have learned one lesson through all of this it is to celebrate the here and now. Celebrate life and love one another every day. Jody

Thursday, February 1, 2007 9:47 PM CST

Today was the BEST!!!! There was no change in the brain scan. Everything is stable and we have been blessed once more with good news!! We will return to oncology in August!!!!!! Danny will continue with growth hormone treatment and see doc on Monday. He will also have nuero-psych evaluation end of Feb. All of these next appointments are positive ones. It is great to be free of concern for at least the next six months. God has truely blessed and carried us. Wanted to share the good news. Thanks for checking on us. Jody

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 7:07 AM CST

Well, we have completed two days of MRI's and now the wait.
The scans were alittle harder this time around. I am not sure why only that Danny never fell asleep from the medicine and yesterday we were in the scanner over three hours! It is very hard to lay still for that amount of time. Knowing what they are looking for dosen't help either. Monday's scan was alittle bit better but the two of us are beat both emotionally and physically. He is home here today resting. It will be nice to get results Thurs. and hopefully another long break!!!! Praying for God's will and waitng..... Jody

Friday, January 12, 2007 3:48 PM CST

Happy New Year to all. We are all doing well. We had a wonderful holiday. We enjoyed friends and family. It was great to be together. Danny still seems to catch everything that comes his way. So the Hammonds have had one cold or virus after another. But that's nothing to us after what we have been through! He made it to school most of the week this week. We actually missed last Friday due to an interview with Fox 29. It was a great experience and wonderful way to bring awareness to childhood cancer. It was about the calendars and Dan did a great job. He seemed to really be relaxed. It was nice to meet another family also. Danny will return to CHOP Jan 29th and 30th for MRI's and results will follw that Thurs. I am praying all remains smooth. If everything stays on course Danny will be able to start with growth hormones come March. This very important to help with strong bones and muscles(heart). The treatment will consist of small needles daily. We have been preparing for this the last six months. The chemotherapy has altered his growth but it is what had to be done. He is also showing signs from the nasty radiation treatment he has indured. His short term memory has been disturbed. He is doing well in school but is working very hard. It sometimes seems unfair to still be fighting in so many ways. But in Danny fashion, he rarely complains. It truthfully breaks my heart. I realize how important being positive is. It is survivial. What we all went through will never go away. We are becoming stronger because we have to. It is the only way. Danny has beaten many odds. My prayer is that he will continue. It is a great NEW year. Jody

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 9:24 PM CST

I know it has really been a long time but sometimes I need to take the break. We have moved Danny's scans up to the end of Jan. We felt uneasy about waiting after the news of the last scan. Danny is plugging away at school. He has finished the first semester now. It was a bit of a struggle getting everything ironed out. His grades were good but I am witnessing some problems with the short term memory. We have contacted CHOP and they are ready to help. We knew this was one of the bad effects of the radiation treatment he went through. Our goal was life at that point so here we are now trying to figure out how to help him and what really is damaged. It makes me sad because even when he isn't really sick the memories of cancer haunt us. He however is eager to be tested and keeps the fight ongoing. He tells me how much he wants to be at school. He also will figure this out. I guess they only tell you things as they arise so we can handle it. I thank God all the time for the wonderful CHOP staff.

We are looking forward to Christmas. I can't believe another great year has passed. I hope everyone has a great holiday. May God's greatest gift be with you and your family the season. I will try to up date pictures and journal more often. Merry Christmas!!! Jody

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 10:05 AM CDT

It has taken us a few days to let things sink in. Danny did a great job with all the testing that had to be done. The results have repoted that the spine scan is stable however we are told that a spot found in the brain could be of some concern. The radiologist had flagged it as new but Dr. Phillips as well as others at CHOP believe they can see it on previos scans. This news came after much conversation between the panel of oncologists. The MRI scans in 4mm intervals so scans may have not have seen this area due to the position. We will now always scan his brain along with the spine for this reason. Not exactly what we wanted to hear. They seem to have concern. We all know it is not an exact science. They plan to still go six months before scanning again. If it has been there they do not feel it has changed. We are trying very hard to put this in it's place. We have a call into Dr. Phillips due to questions we have. He is away this week so the earliest we will get him is next week. The news was a shock and nothing is more scary than brain cancer. We have agreed not to live in fear. God will continue to walk this path with us. I ask for prayers of strength. Thanks, Jody

Monday, October 9, 2006 10:15 PM CDT

We are please to report another wonderful day at the Parkwayrun. Thanks to all that supported this great cause! It always touches me to see all the love on that day. Our friends and family along with doctors and nurses were there. All have played such a big part in this journey. They are all great people who all pulling together. I am thankful for them all.

Our long wonderful break is quickly coming to an end. Oct. 16th and 17th we will be returning to the hospital for many test. Beginning early Monday morning Danny will begin his day with day medicine at eight with endocrinology followed by MRI of the brain. Tues. will return to have the MRI of the complete spine. Thursday we will meet with Dr. Phillips to review results. Danny is not looking forward to any of this. He likes his new life. Emotions are high but we are praying daily for God's calming spirit. I don't think this part ever gets easier. We will continue to trust God's will. Please pray for us.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 3:26 PM CDT

Just a reminder The Parkwayrun is this Sunday bright and early!!! It is a great day. This is one of CHOP's biggest kids cancer fundraisers. It's not to late to donate or come out for the fun. You can register online at if interested. We are TEAM DANNY. We have reached the goal of at least 75 members on just our team, so see you all that are coming under TEAM DANNY'S tent! I will be giving out the parkway shirts from here as well as Hawiian leis to identify our team. Looking forward to seeing everyone!!! Jody

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 8:46 PM CDT

Danny is adjusting to high school. He seems to welcome the new beginning. His lack of sight causes a problem in learning the school. I know like the other obstacles he will be able handle this too with time. He has trouble carring the loads of books so we are making some changes with the teachers. Everyone has been a great help. Danny has had a few rough days this week. He seems to have caught a virus. Hopefully he will be able to return soon.

The Parkwayrun is Sunday Sept 24th. This big fundraiser is very important to the research being done for childhood cancer. Team Danny will be particapating again this year. For anyone who would like to join in the fun we would love to see you!! You do not have to run or even walk to support the cause!! If we reach 75 on our team we will be given a tent to meet under. This year Team Danny will go Hawian!! We will wear the parkway shirts given and feel free if you have one to add a Hawian shirt. We hope to see you there!! Jody

*Update on Danny's virus. Nausia was due to his new medicines. Dr. Mushang removed the Temoxifin and he is feeling much better. I am not sure how this effects to growth process yet. This is a new chapter.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 4:07 PM CDT

We are loving our summer!!!! Danny is still feeling and looking great. He is looking forward to High School. We were seen at CHOP for growth issues yesterday. None of us wanted to go after such a long break. Still making up our minds reguarding this subject but things looked alittle more hopeful in the getting taller area!! Next MRI will be in Oct. The Parkwayrun will take place Sept. 24th. We have registered as a team. anyone interested in joining TEAM DANNY can do so by logging on at It is a great cause and fun way to get involved helping find a cure for childhood cancer. Hope to see everyone there!!! Thanks Jody

Friday, June 30, 2006 6:57 PM CDT

Everything is GREAT!!!! Danny loved graduation from 8th grade and is on to High School. Doing the pool-thing and soon the shore. As all know everything is always fine at the beach for us Hammonds. It's almost like Christmas for us. This year will be the most cherished. He looks and feels amazing!! Danny is enjoying friends, doing lunch, and guitar!! As for the rest of us we are happy and enjoying life to the fullest. Danny will be in the Sunday Phila. Inquior on July 9th. I think they said the neighbors or Main Line section. Hope everyone is having a great summer. Jody

Thursday, June 8, 2006 9:26 PM CDT

Danny appeared tonight on the Alex Scott documentary. It was an amazing story bring awareness to the need of pediatric cancer research. Channel 3 did a wonderful job. It will air again on Sunday at 12:00. I cried through the whole story. Alex and many other children are greatly missed. Over the week end if you happen to see an Alex lemonade stand be sure to help out!!! Every little bit helps!! Thanks Jody

Monday, May 15, 2006 10:03 PM CDT

Danny is doing well. He is looking forward to eigth grade graduation. The parties will begin soon. It is a blessing to be feeling so good at this time. I was thinking it was only a year ago we were leaving for a wish trip to Florida to mend after a year or more of chemo. The time seemed it would never end yet each one day at a time added up and we finished that leg of the journey. Many times over the past years we were given very sad news of what and where this might lead us. That being said I would like to remind everyone that with God anything is possible. Never under estimate the power of prayer and that God I beleive has a plan for us all. The past has not been an easy one but the strength that has come over Danny amazes me. We have asked for the power of the Holy Spirit to carry us and give us all we need to glorify him. Like eveyone else we do not know what tomorrow brings but today was good and for this we are very greatful. I am enjoying being normal for awhile. I ask for prayers for all that are sick and their families. Thursday we will hold an Alex Lemonade stand at Holy Cross School and also have been busy with the track snack bars on the weekends like we have been doing each year. So all in all everything is great. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 7:11 PM CDT

Great News!!!!! Only hours of the spine scan Dr. Phillips called us to report yet another stable scan!! Danny did remarkable during both scans. He was very brave without being out this time around. Our nurse at CHOP took very good care of him and helped greating in placing the IV. She even came back in today on her day off to put in the IV the second time so Danny wouldn't have to start over with someone new. Can you believe that care? We will meet with Dr. Phillips who almost gave me a heart attack calling so soon. He never calls that soon. I think he was eager to see how things were too. Easter marked five years of fighting this cancer. Maybe just maybe we have won......I know we will enjoy this summer one day at a time. What a gift. God bless. Jody

Thursday, April 13, 2006 10:05 PM CDT

Danny was feeling unstable and dizzy for the last week or so. Things seem to be better but it was a little scare. We spent Sunday in the ER at CHOP for a CAT scan. He is being treated for a sinus infection so hopefully that is what has made him unsteady. It would be nice to think it was a normal old cold. Danny's next MRI will be Monday and Tues. after Easter. We split it up into two days because we are trying this time without the drugs. It might make it easier on him if he can lay still. It is worth the try. Hope eveyone enjoys a wonderful Easter. The Hammonds are looking forward to a nice holiday.

Friday, March 17, 2006 8:49 AM CST

Happy St. Patrick's!!! I am thankful for my Danny Boy!! The 15th of March marked his one year anniversary of completing chemo. When thinking through that time I have no idea how we did it. This last year has been wonderful. It is still hard adjusting to the new normal but we are happy for the opportunity. Hoping and praying for continued health. God Bless. Jody

Thursday, March 9, 2006 8:46 AM CST

We have been enjoying the quiet. Danny celebrated his fourteenth birthday on March 4th. He is really doing well. Better then ever expected. It is really amazing what prayers can do. He has been through so very much. I found myself rereading the entries from the beginning. God Bless him. He has been so very strong and brave. I am not sure how we managed to get here but I know it was all in the hands of God. I think he had us on auto pilot. Danny will have the next MRI April 17 and 18th. We split the scan and are atempting this will no drugs! Wish us luck and say some prayers. He will also see the endocronologist March 21st. This appointment had to be reschedualed twice. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Friday, January 20, 2006 11:12 AM CST

Well we were greatly please to hear the good news yesterday. The MRI shows to be stable. This is good!!! Many of the areas we have fought aganist in the past have remained stable as well. So although the scan may never be completly clear stable and ungrowing is wonderful. Dr. Phillips did a complete check up on Dan and seemed happy with his results. We will work on balance through physical therapy at home. He is still alittle unsteady. Dr. Phillips also explain he will be now seen by Endocrinology. That is another wonderful thought. They want him to grow!! He isn't excited about the needles of hormone shots but is very happy to get taller!!!! The prayers are working. Thank you for caring and checking on us. Love Jody

Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:21 AM CST

The time has come to return to CHOP for Danny's next MRI. We will have this done Tues. the 17th and find out the results Thurs. morning. We have greatly enjoyed every second of this break. Danny is feeling well so we are thankful for that. We have high hopes for continued health this year. The time right before the MRI is always rough on us. Please pray for peace in our hearts as we await the results. I took time away from entering in the log because I felt I needed to escape for awhile. It just seemed right for me. I know some check in looking for new entrys. When there is nothing to report I assure you we are loving everyday and living it to the fullest!!!!! Thank you for supporting us. God Bless. Jody

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 8:28 AM CST

Hi this is Dan. Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Thanks for all the prayers. I'm feeling much better. Christmas this year was great. We had a party and that was fun. I got to canter at the Chistmas eve mass. I have been getting to do alot of things I haven't been able to do. I got out to make a fort with my friends the last time it snowed. Not feeling sick was the best gift this Christmas. (video games were second best!!!) Keep it positive. Peace out. Danny

Monday, October 24, 2005 12:48 AM CDT

Danny is doing well!!!!!!!! The port was removed and pain is now gone. MRI results were given late Thursday afternoon by Dr. Phillps. We are all very grateful and thankful. The scan reports stable. Blood work is awesome. The doc's words "Danny you could give blood it looks so good!!" Music to our ears!! It has been a very long couple of years. We will report again the end of January. It is the longest break this far with NO appointments. Danny is on no medicine just vitamins. He has gained eight pounds since March and is healing in every way. Still signs of chemo. related problems with his feeling in his feet but they are hopeful this will resolve in time. God has blessed us with this time and words can not explain how we feel. Suddenly we are adjusting to break mode. It is my favorite "normal". Thank you,as always, for your prayers and support. We could not make this tough journey without all of you. May God Bless You everyday..... Jody

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:49 AM CDT

Danny had his MRI yesterday along with having his port removed. He was very sore after surgery. He was given morphine and sent home with pain meds. He is very sleepy today but is in less pain. Results of MRI will be given to us by Dr. Phillips Thursday. Lets keep up those prayers for good news. Thanks for checking on us. Jody

Monday, September 26, 2005 9:12 AM CDT

The Parkwayrun was another success. The weather and turn out was great. It was wonderful seeing so much support for this great cause. Thanks to all our family and friends that came out to be there for Danny and the others effected by cancer. Team Danny was looking good!!! Danny made it the whole way this year!! The research that CHOP is doing is so very important and they will use the money raised wisely. Thanks again !!!!!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:43 PM CDT

We made it through the first week of school. Danny seems to be doing well. Maybe alittle overwhelmed. He would like to jump back in as the old Dan before all this craziness but it will take time. I miss him very much while he is at school. This to will take time.

We are looking forward to the Parkwayrun next Sunday. I was just informed that we have rallied enough people to be given a meeting place for our Team Danny!! We will be given a tent along with a banner!!! It's not to late to join in the great cause. You can go to or Thanks to all that are helping!!! Danny will be on the news on Sept. 22 early in the morning on 6ABC between 5-7a.m. He will be promotting the walk from the Four Seasons. It should be a great day.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 9:04 PM CDT

We have had a WONDERFUL summer!! Sorry I have not been signing on over the summer. I guess I really needed the break. We were so excited about the great news of the scan in July and kept as much distance from the hospital as possible most of the summer. We were there in Aug. and the report was that Danny looks better than he has in years!!! What music to our ears. He had gained 3 lbs and grew 1 inch since May. All good signs. We will have another MRI on Oct.18th and have the port removed as well on that day while under GA. So we are very happy things seem to be going well.

The Hammonds enjoyed the summer months to the fullest. Some of our favorite memories included camping, the beach (of course), fishing, Disney, lots of swimming, Backyard talent show, water parks and as aways friends and family. Danny road waves with a huge smile. (something he wasn't sure he would ever do again) It was great to see him gaining independence.

We had one extremly painful memory this summer. Danny lost one of his very close friends in late August. His name was Ryan and also was thirteen. He lived here in Springfield and had met Danny while playing baseball in third grade before Danny got sick. Once Danny was sick Ryan extended complete warmth. He had a very caring spirit. Ryan became sick about two years ago again the boys became close. They never focused on themselves as sick kids just very close friends. There were no answers for Ryan's illness as for many of the children at CHOP. We are very thankful to have known Ryan and his family. We miss him so very much. We were all hit really hard. I trust God knew best for Ryan but I know I miss his smile.

It is almost time again for the Parkwayrun. It is the largest fundraiser for pediatic cancer research that is run by CHOP. Danny is again helping out with TV news shows and articles in the papers to raise awarness of this cause. It will be held Sept. 25th. If anyone would like to come out and walk or run Team Danny will be there!!!! To register you can go to or donate directly by going to When registrating be sure to get on our team. (Team Danny)
Please spread the word and help find the many needed cures for childhood cancer.

Danny will return to school tomorrow. I am happy but will really miss him not being here with me. Please pray that God's angels will keep him safe. I hope everyone's summer was as ours. God Bless, Jody

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:07 AM CDT

We got wonderful news yesterday. The results of the MRI from Friday show that everything is still stable and the one small tumor that was in the lumbar area is now completely gone!!

Thanks for all of those prayers.....they are working. This summer is going to be happy and fun filled for the whole Hammond family.

Friday, July 8, 2005 9:38 PM CDT

Today went well. No answers yet but spirits were high. Danny joked all the way to the hospital about not being able to eat. Music to my ears!!! Look Mom pizza two large for only $12.95, oh there's KFC, and so on.... We resently went to see Madagascar were ther is a seen of the lion who sees his friends as steak. We asked Danny if that is the way he was seeing his father and I and he replied oh no not gaint steaks, giant french fries!!! This kept the mood light. We will not hear any results til Monday but today was good. Danny was very brave today and that set Dad and I right on track which is to be positive and brave as well. We will let everyone know as soon as possible. Thanks for the prayers. Love Jody (Oh by the way first stop was McDonalds for fries on the way home!!)

Monday, July 4, 2005 10:19 PM CDT

We have taken a very nice long break and are adjusting nicely to our new normal. We have been spending lazy days at the pool, cooking dinner outside, and catching up with friends. Danny is looking better everyday. His eating is picky but increasing daily. His color looks great and mood seems also to be pretty good. We will shortly be leaving for our favorite place in the world, Sea Isle City. Before we do Danny will have his MRI. Friday July eighth to be exact. I am praying very hard for great news yet if I am to be honest I can not wait to have this week behind us. This will be the first scan not being on treatment. I know God is always in control but the human part of me is alittle nuts right now!! The waiting is very hard. I ask for prayers for all of us as we wait these results. Danny will go under for this test because of its length. The test will begin aroung 1:00. Please lift him up in your prayers at this time. Thank you. Jody

Wednesday, June 8, 2005 10:55 PM CDT

We are back from our wonderful trip. We had a great time visiting Give the Kids the World in Florida. It was truely an amazing place. It houses 93 families with sick children at a time. It was incredible. Never could I imagine feeling so much love in one place. The ice cream store opened at nine in the morning and closed at nine at night and it was free. We ate alot of ice cream!! Danny was given tickets to all the park attractions. He is a huge Walt Disney fan!! He also enjoyed the Star War events at MGM. Best part of the trip was Danny felt great!! No worries I guess. Since home we had a visit at CHOP for port flush and labs. All blood work seem to be improving. Lemonade stand went better than planned. We made close to five thousand. Yeah!!! Sister, Cassey will graduate 8th grade this weekend so we are busy with that. Pool is open and Dan has swam twice now. Many are telling me he looks great. I agree. Nice to see him feeling so good. Next MRI is July 8th. Looking forward to having an unforgettable summer. Only expecting the best news and still taking it one day at a time....Thanks for checking in. Jody

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 6:59 AM CDT

We are preparing for a wish trip to Disney and getting very excited. Danny is still having stomach issues. I hope these go away when we do!! Next exciting news would be that we are having an Alex lemonade stand Thurs. at Holy Cross school. Hours will be 12-3 and again 4-10. It is the night of our school show. All are invited to come so please stop by. We ask for prayers for a very close friend of ours at CHOP. His name is Ryan and is also thirteen. He is in great need of prayers. Danny knew Ryan before they both got sick so we have known him a long time. He has a wonderful family and they are facing some hard times so please help with the prayers you can offer for them. Thanks Jody

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 5:07 PM CDT

Danny and I returned to Chop yesterday for flush of port and counts. Counts look great!! And wieght up 4 pounds!!! We were seen by Dr. Belasco. Danny has had repeated numb feelings in arms and legs and it scares him because it mimics the sezures he was having. Again we were told it was from the chemo. It will take quite awhile to get back to feeling well again. Danny looked like the weight of the world was lifted just knowing some of these things are normal for the end of chemo. He seemed to enjoy the comfort the hospital brings. Maybe as time goes on the unsure feeling will fade. Enjoying today and taking them one at a time... Jody

Sunday, May 8, 2005 10:53 PM CDT

I enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day. I am thankful for all my great kids. Jackie,20 Stephanie,19 Cassey,14 Matthew,9 and of course Danny. We spent the day together and it was really great. I usually report on Danny but all the kids have been really wonderful through this journey. They keep it real. I am still Mom to all of them. They are very helpful and supporting. They are my joy and I am thankful for each of them. I along with some very hard workers spent Saturday at the track snackbar. I think we had another great day of sales!! I will report on total sales after our last one. Also in the works is an Alex's lemonade stand that will be held the night of our school show May 26th. So far things seem to be falling into place. I have much to do. That will be my focus this week. Tues. we will be at CHOP just to flush the port. I am curious what Danny's counts will be. Danny feels alittle funky sometimes most likely do to chemo. It seem that it will takes months to feel better. We are taking one day at a time. Also hoping that he has gained some wieght. Say some prayers.. Jody

Thursday, April 28, 2005 10:28 PM CDT

We are hanging in there. Danny is still having good days and bad. I guess it's all to be expected. Looking forward to going to Disney next month. Danny is trying to go to school a couple days a week for two hours here and there. Still trying very hard to find our new spot in life. I'm having a hard time. Trying as always to stay positive and taking the one day at a time approach. I thought this part would be easier. Many tell me they have felt the same way. It seemed safer to be actually fighting then waiting.... My prayer is for God to comfort these unsure feelings.

Sunday, April 17, 2005 6:23 AM CDT

Sorry we have not been updating for some time. The computer has been acting up. Danny is doing well. He has been able to make it to school for a couple of hours a day. He is very tired but is happy to return. We have been enjoying ourselves seeing friends along with some outings. It is still very hard to switch back to what I guess is normal life. I know it will come slowly. Letting him out of my sight is the biggest adjustment. I just ask for his guardian angel to fly really close!!! We are in full swing with the track snack bar. We have sold out of all the pretzels and hot dogs for two weeks now!! We will have new shirts to sell this Saturday as well. If you are in the area and need a lunch spot we are at Ohara from 9:00 til 3:00!! Maybe we will see you there. Danny usally come to help around 1:00 to help. God Bless. Jody

Thursday, April 7, 2005 5:28 PM CDT


The Hammonds have just received great news! Danny is now being placed in his oncologist's "inactive" file. This means that everything is stable - no more chemo!! Prayers have been answered.

Dan will be going to CHOP for weekly blood draws for a few weeks just to make sure his counts are headed in the right direction. Also, he will have his port flushed every four weeks until such time as everyone feels comfortable enough to have it removed. Right now, the port will remain probably until the next MRI which will be in July. Dr. Phillips also discontinued the Keppra (the anti-seizure medication) as the side effects from the medication proved just too much for Dan. He feels better having stopped it a few days ago and they will just observe him off of the medication for now.

I think the Hammonds just may have gotten their miracle but ask for our continuing prayer for them as they adjust to their new normal.

Jody will be posting as soon as they get the Internet up and running again but she wants everyone to know how appreciative they have been for all of the prayers and well wishes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 8:11 PM CDT

Danny's MRI was done this past Tuesday and the Hammonds will be meeting with their doctor on Thursday, April 7 at 1:00 PM to get the results.

Jody has asked only one thing from everyone and that is to please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for good results.

Friday, March 25, 2005 10:55 AM CST

We are slowly adjusting to our new normal. We thought we would feel complete happiness leaving the chemo. behind but it's kind of wierd. Both Dan and I found some security in doing something to prevent the cancer from growing. Now we must wait and hope and pray. We also miss the friends we left at the hospital. It was our complete life for over a year. When I speak to the doc's they say it is very common to feel this way. We are due back April 5th. for MRI. Maybe after that we will relax more. We are looking forward to doing some fundraising for the research of childhood cancer. We have two things planned now. One will be an Alex lemonade stand on the night of our school show and the other will be the track snack bars we were involved with last year. Anyone knowing any connections for donations for either of these events please email me. My email address is listed below. Happy Easter to all. May God bless you this season. Jody

Friday, March 18, 2005 7:12 AM CST

We are finished!!!!!!!! Danny received the last of chemo. treatment Tues. March 15th,2005. It was a very long road. Danny had another type of reaction during the infusion of the steroid prior to the treatment. It was pretty scary. When I asked Dr. Phillips why he responded, ď You know the line we are trying not to cross, we are standing on it!Ē Thankfully all these reactions came so close to the end of treatment and we were able to get all of them in. This was important because they know they see the best results if the protocol is completed. Now what? The MRI and hopefully some answers is next. That will be on April 5th. Till then Dannyís job is to mend. We both thought we would be so glad not to have to go back so often but there is some kind of safety that comes along with being there. We have also met so many people we will miss very much. As I left clinic last Tues. I vowed to another Mom not to forget them so I asked for prayers for all the children at CHOP and there caregivers. I also explain that in our time off we would be working through fundraisers to help raise funds for the pediatric cancer research that is going on. I canít stop trying to make some difference. The faces of all the children leave me heartbroken. I carry them with me and pray for them. We are planning once again to run our snack bars at the Holy Cross track meets. This raised a close 10,000 last year. We also will be holding an Alex lemonade stand the night of our school show which is May 26th. I think that every bit makes a difference. They are making headway with so many of the cancers. My dream is for the complete cure.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 10:57 PM CST

The EEG was first thing Tues. morning. Eight oíclock to be exact. Danny for some reason hates this test. I thought he might have just not liked it last time because we were in the hospital last time. I was wrong!! It just makes his skin crawl!! He is not much of a complainer but he hated this one. It was very hard on me because I hate nothing worse than when he gets upset. I think he has been through so much he is entitled to a bad day but he broke my heart. We will know results probably tomorrow. Dannyís counts were good enough to get his treatment. That marks number three of the four. Surprising to all Danny had a allergic reaction to this treatment. We knew this could be a possibility but never expected it now. He will be given steroids and meds. to counter act this next week. If the counts remain good Danny will receive the LAST treatment of this protocol. That was 10 weeks intense therapy and eight rounds of maintenance. Danny has undergone 42 treatments in all. It has taken one year and three months but whoís counting? I have to tell you it has been a long road. I am thankful we were able to make it through. Danny has been wonderful through it all. I am very proud of him. Never once did he utter why me? He has been very accepting of it all. He is glad to be more aware of the other kids and has taught us all lessons about how life should be lived. So as we face the last one I thank God for watching us this far and only hope for wonderful news on April 5th which will be the spinal MRI. Thank you as always for the prayers and support. Love Jody

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 10:55 PM CST

Friday, March 4, 2005 8:38 PM CST

Danny is having a wonderful birthday. He was awakened first thing by brother Matt wishing him a Happy Birthday!! He then was pleasantly surprised by a knock at the door around noon. When he answered he was surprise to see his complete 7th class singing Happy Birthday!! Along with the class was our pastor, teachers and principal. All forty some kids entered to get pictures with Dan. It was great!! They brought along with them cards written by all the students of Holy Cross school grades K-8th. That was not all. There is a very tall fish on our front lawn that reads Holy Mackerel Dannyís thirteen. He loved it all. He spent the rest of the day reading all the cards. Tonight he is spending time with a few friends here at home. It was a very great day. Thanks to all that made it special. Love Jody

Thursday, March 3, 2005 6:33 AM CST

The news of the scan was good. Dr. Phillips called last night to let us know there was no sign of tumor or bleed in his head. He only had the brain scanned this time and the next MRI of the tumor site will be studied on April 5th. Danny did pretty well. He slept much more than normal after the scan due to the mix of medicines. The rest of the day he seemed tired but good. The EEG will be done on Tuesday as well as chemo. That will be a long day but if all goes well it will mark the third treatment of this round. Danny will celebrate his thirteenth birthday tomorrow!!! We are happy to be where we are. I remember being informed of this tumor just after his ninth birthday and wondering where we would be even in a year. Life has taught us so much over this time. Actually Danny has taught us a lot over this time. Every day means so much more when you think they are numbered. But the funny thing is everyone of us should live like they are numbered and be thankful for where we are today. Believe me although I thought I got things before this happen I know I see things much clearer now. The little things that would drive myself crazy donít seem to be that important anymore and when it comes to my kids I want to cherish every second. I really want to listen and I really want them to feel loved. Cancer has changed all of us as a family for the better. I thank God for all of this. Tomorrow will be a great day!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 8:42 PM CST

We arrived at clinic today to find out Dannyís counts were good. We received the first treatment of the last round. Three more to go!!!!! That was good thing. We also got to see Dr. Phillips and that always makes me feel better. He wanted to know exactly what had happened to Danny last Thur. Night. He was away over the weekend. He believes Danny had a seizure. Not what I wanted to hear but it is an answer. At this stage of the game I was hoping for smooth sailing. He assured us that the seizures would not hurt Danís brain but can be scary. We agree. Why are they accruing now? Well that seems to be the question. Maybe it is due to the tumor itself or the radiation which we have put him through. No matter he feels as if Danny should be medicated for them since this would be the second in a couple of months. Danny will have an MRI of his brain next Wed. and the following week have a EEG on Tues. Along with these he will also try to keep to his chemo. Schedule on Tues. So much for the quiet route to the end. We are in great hands. As Danny always says,Ē They will find no footprints after we are gone.Ē God has carried us this far and he will continue. So we are doing well. We are ready for the new medicine which will be Keppra. The first dose was given tonight. Hopefully we he will not experience any side effects. He will continue on this med. For two years. I ask for prayers not only for Danny tonight but for many of our friends at CHOP. I saw many having a rough time today and wish for Godís peace to be with each of them. Thanks for checking in. Love Jody

Monday, February 21, 2005 7:42 PM CST

The transfusion last Thursday went well. Dannyís platelets started back up by themselves so only transfused for hemoglobin. We were there all day and returned home around 4:30. Shortly after eight Danny had an episode where he felt dizzy and lost feeling in his right hand. It seemed to really scare him. We called the oncology fellow on call and were told to come to the emergency room. Luckily we didnít have to wait when we got there because there had to be a hundred kids with flu symptoms waiting to be seen. All oncology kids are taken straight into a room due to low immunities. The doctors took a good look at him. The numbness lasted about a half hour. He seemed better when we were leaving but had a few rough spots again on Friday. Although they didnít seem to know exactly what caused this they reported it as a neurological transit event. I will feel much better after Dr. Phillips gets to look at him tomorrow. He was away while this was going on. Hopefully things will be easier this week. Thanks as always for checking in. Please keep us in your prayers . Taking it one day at a timeÖ Jody

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 8:34 PM CST

Today when we returned to clinic Danny was unable to recieve his treatment due to his blood work. Platlets were very low and also hemoglobin. We will return on Thurs. for a transfusion. Danny had some symtems so I wasn't extremly surprised. Well, so much for sailing through this last round. Hopefully we can get back on track and the transfusion always makes him feel better. Danny has been alittle sluggish. I never know if its his body fighting so hard or blood related or both! I'll update after we return Thurs. Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 11, 2005 8:16 AM CST

Thought I check in. Danny had a pretty good week. He is not going to school because of his balance. We are doing everything here at home. It can be very hard but we are getting along. We are watching American Idol. It's something to look forward to. Sometimes we get alittle buggy hanging in the house so much. Spring will be nice. Can't wait. Back to CHOP on Tues. We will let you know then how we are doing. Jody

Wednesday, February 2, 2005 7:19 AM CST

It felt really good not to have to go to the hospital yesterday. Danny and I had some friends in for lunch. It was a nice change to our regular Tues. He seems to be feeling pretty well yet still struggles with the weakness and numbness of his legs and feet. This should reverse itself but can take quite a while. The patch worn behind is ear is helping with the unsteadiness and upset stomach. I can only imagine how he would be with out it! We are not due back til Feb. 15th. We are hoping to get trough the next round like the last. Also hoping to get a way on a vacation near the end of March. We are thinking of it as a celebration. We are hoping this all falls into place. As everyone we are getting ready to watch those Eagles fly on Sunday!!! Danny and I love David Akers! We have a picture of Danny and hime together right after radiation. He is a real nice guy. Go Akers!! Go Eagles!!

Thursday, January 20, 2005 6:05 PM CST

We were able to get a treatment on Tues. Go figure? Everytime they think will have to skip a week he surprises us. Platlets came back on there own. That will mark round 7 week three. One more to go this round. After alittle break we will attempt round eight. That will have four treatments. And then....... We should be done!!!!!!! God willing they will then just keep an eye on him. Our prayers all along have been for a healing if it be God's will. Looking back on this year I have felt his presence, strength and love. We have been blessed to live like we have. I know I don't take anything for granted. I am thankful for so much. He has shown his love by sending so many wonderful people into our lives. The prayers are being heard so please continue to pray for his will for us as well as in your life. I heard a song today about living life like it your last day. Boy did it strike a spot in my heart. I fight everyday to remember that worry has no place in our lives. No one knows if they will be here tomorrow. So why worry? As you walk into the clinic there is a sign that reads. Please relax. I'm in charge today. Love,God I read it every week and sigh. I will be very happy for Danny to be chemo. free. And for the rest well, I couldn't have anyone else better in charge!!!! Love to all Jody

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 4:40 PM CST

Well much has happened in the last week. It was good that we had that break. After treatment on Tues. Danny experienced some wierd dizzy feelings in his head. This continued into Thurs. morning. It gave us a real scare. It seems that the Vinchristine is taking its toll on him. Dr. Phillips has told us no more of that drug during this round of chemo. Danny is walking very unsteady and can not feel all his toes. Today he recieved the chemo that is called carbo and we also found his platlets are low. We also spoke of the light at the end of this long dark tunnel. It seems as if we will try to go the eight rounds and be finished. I ask, What then? We watch him every three months. These words made me cry!!!! I mean sob!!! The thought of three months away from this is overwhelming!! It seems like a lifetime. Thanks be to God for the strength he has given us all. It has been about 400 days since we began to fight this site of growth. That's alot days one at a time.... I am thankful for all those days no matter how hard they were. We return again next Tues. and if the platlets are above 50 we will be able to continue with week three of this round. Hopefully it will be an easy week. Thanks for checking in. Love, JOdy

Tuesday, January 4, 2005 7:04 AM CST

The wonderful break has come to an end. We enjoyed every minute!! We need to be in clinic by 9:30. Hopefully an easy day. We begin round seven today. One more round after that hopefully. That is undecided. Check out some new pictures the Oconner's nicely helped us with. Hope everyone had a great holday season. Ours was filled with good times with family and friends. My 2005 wish is for all a happy healthly New Year!! Love JOdy

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 7:59 AM CST

Merry Christmas to all!! We are all doing wonderful. The last trip to CHOP was a fast one. Counts looked great and they sent us home! We have no appointments til Jan. 4th. That is when will begin chemo. again. We are getting an extra week off. We are very happy for that. Dr. Phillips and I know how hard it is to come during Christmas and most likely his blood will not be up for starting early so we will enjoy! We would like to report that our total sale of calendars this far is $5,250. Not bad for getting a late start! We know how important the research is for all these children. Earlier this month we lost another dear friend at CHOP. Her name was Lauren and she was four. Her family lives very close by. We miss her very much and ask for prayers for her family this Christmas. Danny and I struggled with this loss and ask God to strengthen Lauren's family and us as well. I can tell you it is times like this I feel God's calm the most. I take great comfort in knowing we are all in his hands. Please celebrate this Christmas holiday remembering the great love God has for us. I know first hand his presence. It is not humanly possible to deal with all of this without him. Merry Christmas and God Bless Love, Jody, Jack, Danny Hammond and family

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 7:14 PM CST

We are home!!!!!! The days since Sat. afternoon are a nightmare. It started with Danny losing the feeling in his right arm and a confused state of mind. It was really scary. He was aware that the words were scrabbled and that made things worse. This time he was just as frightened. We were all happy to be on the way to the hospital. When we first arrived they thought he had a bleed. It wasnít the case but thought maybe a stroke. All very scary. We were admitted and they ran all kinds of test but no answers. I began to think we were in for one of those times that are very unsettling. We donít know!! Well we did find some answers. There were some sluggish spots on the EEG. This might be due to a seizure. But why? We do not know. They do not feel as they need to medicate him due to this. It is not the kind that will cause brain damage. So we will watch him. The MRA came back fine. This test checks for blockage from the heart to the brain. Again all was fine. The last and most important the MRI. Well lets just say that the Hammonds got the best Christmas present EVER. I had to have them repeat it six times. The scan has shown that things are looking MUCH SMALLER!!!!!!!! The scans have been stable for ten months. After talking to Dr. Phillips this morning he informed me that he was ready to end the chemo. yesterday morning. He said he thought we had beat him up to much and maybe it was time to call it quits. At 4:00 yesterday, once the scans were complete he changed his mind. He was pleasantly surprised. He cried with joy!!!! And so did we. I laid only a night ago wondering the same. Can we keep this up? I prayed with much confidence that God would hear my plea. Please God direct us so we can make the right decisions for Danny I prayed. Show me a sign of your will. I gave it up completely. Yesterday was an extremely hard day. By 6:00 a.m. he was under and the testing began. We waited but never knew how wonderful the day would become. We are without words. I have tried all day to try to come up with words for what I am feeling. Pure peace, joy, appreciation, loved, and out of my mind HAPPY are the ones that come to mind. So that being said we return tomorrow. Check the counts and continue. Dr. Phillips motto now, when you see the enemy retreat you go after them!!!! God has blessed us this Christmas gift and I am thankful for it coming early!! Thank you for the prayers I know they work. Please continue to pray for many of our friends at CHOP. May God continue to watch and grant grace where it is needed. With Love, Jody

Monday, December 6, 2004 11:07 AM CST

Jody has asked me to update everyone on what's going on with Danny. Saturday, Danny had an episode of losing the feeling in his right arm and a little bit of trouble with word finding. CHOP requested that Jody immediately bring him in for testing. His blood work showed that his hemoglobin had dropped down into the 6.0 range and his platelets were very low so Danny received a two unit transfusion of blood along with some platelets. He also had an echocardiogram which showed that his heart function was fine. He is now scheduled for an EEG today, and tomorrow he will have an MRA along with an MRI under anesthesia. This MRI was originally slated for January but has been moved up due to this recent happening.

Within a half hour of arriving at CHOP on Saturday, Danny did regain the sensation in his right arm but was extremely tired and had difficulty with staying awake for the ride in.

Right now, he's feeling pretty much back to normal but must remain in bed and laying flat until they can figure out what happened. While this is a tough time of year to be stuck in the hospital, Danny is glad to be there so that they can figure out what's what.

Once again, we ask for prayers as they deal with this latest setback.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004 12:43 AM CST

We are here at CHOP today. We were expecting a no chemo week but again we never know how to perdict Danny. All docs figured the counts would keep dropping but to our surprise the platelets came up on their own. Now the hemoglobin has dropped. We might need a transfussion later in the week. Danny decided to ride it out. We have to make some choices his. He is showing early signs of this condition but maybe it will rebound on his own. Crazier things have happened. I wanted to mention the calendars again. We have lots!!! Let me know if you want one. They are ten dollars. All money goes to cancer research at CHOP. I will be selling them through school next week. They sent me 400 and I am about half way there. If all sell we will be turning in $4,000!! Not bad and a great cause!! Be in touch soon. Love Jody

Saturday, November 27, 2004 12:37 AM CST

Happy Thanksgiving to all !! I am happy to report the Hammonds had an absolutely wonderful holiday. Lots of good food, good company and laughter!! As I sat looking around the table I realized it canít get any better. Everyone safe and together and talking all at the same time! We have been so blessed with the appreciation of simple things. That is the good that came with cancer. It makes the good times so much better. Danny looked and felt great even after treatment on Tues. It was all good. I am very thankful for all who watch over us and check on us. It really helps us to stay strong. Dannyís platelets are pretty low. We might have to skip this coming treatment. We will see on Tues. Iíll keep you posted. Danny has informed us he will not be continuing his acting career. It's boring. He laughed as he watched the blurry scene. They paid me for that! They are crazy! Cassey didn't care that she was cut because she got paid too. It was a fun day but they now realize how much work goes into such a small scene and how much gets cut out!! I along with Jack were cut also. We felt bad the other child didn't make it in at all. Will update soon. Jody

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 12:21 AM CST

We are reporting from CHOP today. They have a new laptop which we are borrowing. It really is passing the time. Counts looked good enough to get chemo. We are waiting for it right now. Looks like the next MRI will be the first week in Jan. We pushed it back one week due to the holidays. Danny hated coming while the rest of the family was on Christmas break. I promised to try not to let that happen again. I think after this length of time being sick you get to control some things. Depending on this round we may have our next break during Christmas. What a wonderful gift that would be. We had a long talk with the Doc's today about sleep. They believe Danny's body is working very hard and is indeed very tired. The bad cycle of sleep begins during chemo. and just spills over causing many hours of sleepless nights. We will continue to work with this. Danny's wieght is holding at 64 lbs. Maybe he can put on some more pounds over Thanksgiving, that is if McDonalds is open!!!! We should buy some stock I'm running there everyday!!! I'm not complaining it's nice knowing all the employees on every shift.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 5:20 PM CST

The Law and Order has been posted three times now. I will keep watch. Maybe they are trying to turn us all into fans! Danny will have aged by the time it really airs! Speaking of Danny, he is eager to attend the Christmas Bazaar this weekend. He made it to school by 11:00 today. Quite an accomplishment. Pray we make it through the week this way. It would do us all good to get out and enjoy some fun. We head back to the hospital next Tues. The breaks are never long enough....

Thursday, November 4, 2004 6:50 PM CST

Thought I would update the background to remember how thankful we should be. We love taking a break from the hospital. Danny has been making it to school from lunch on. (Not bad.) It is still hard to sleep through the night. I guess it's the chemo. There is a fine line between pushing him and over doing it. I am never sure what to do. I am amazed that he is going at all. So for this I am thankful. Halloween was great. He made it out with the help of Dad. He had some friends ver after. It was great medicine. I see the Law and Order show posted for this Sunday at 10:00 on NBC. The episodes title is Inert Dwarf. It is a very small part. Danny is in the background in a wheel chair. I hope we didn't get cut. You might see Jack, Cassey, or Myself walk by in the scene. Tahnks for checking in. Love Jody

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 8:51 PM CDT

We made through round five. Danny's counts looked good and so one more behind us. The break is always nice!! After a long detailed talk we removed Danny from the drug we were trying for sleep. I hated the way he was acting. He lost his spark. It made him sleep but I wanted the real Dan the man. We are going to calm things in other ways and maybe just use Benadryl for the sleep aid. It's very hard to be going through all of this and keep up with real life. I keep explaining to Danny that our life isn't normal so he shouldn't be so hard on himself. He wants so badly to keep up. He made it to school for a couple hours today. Hopefully things will improve with the break. We are looking forward to Halloween. Thanks for checking in. Love JOdy

Monday, October 25, 2004 2:28 PM CDT

Our week has not been very easy. Danny only made it to school for a couple of hours. He seems to be struggling with sleep and keeping up with normal life. You know when your not resting very well everything is harder. We have started on another medicine which should help with the sleep issues and ease the feeling of being so overwhelmed. I have really held off on this approach but it's breaking my heart to see him struggle with this. We will return tomorrow to clinic. This should be number four of the round five. That means break time!!!! We are half way through maintance. Hopefully all will go well. Law and Order was moved back again. The title is Inert Dwarf. If you go on there website they will be listing the week when it will be aired. I'll keep you posted. Thanks Jody

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 8:42 PM CDT

We are back in business. ANC number was 930!! We can resume life. Danny can return to school. He was able to get his treatment today. One more in this round. Hopefully things will go smoothly for Holloween. It's hard when he misses things like that. He has stayed pretty upbeat this time. The Law and Order Criminal Intent has been pushed back a week. The show airs Sunday night at 10:00. They had said the 24th. When we went on line it was pushed back. I think that makes it Holloween. I'll keep checking and let you know. Thanks for all the support as always. Jody

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 6:56 PM CDT

No chemo today. Danny's anc count was very low. He will not be returing to school this week. Also needed a transfusion. Hemoglobin was 7.2. No wonder he has been taking naps!! It was another long day but we are glad to be home even if it is for a week!! We plan to decorate for Holloween and make the best of it.

Thursday, October 7, 2004 9:15 PM CDT

Last week was nuts! First, the ultra sound of the kidney looks fine. What a scare! I don't know what they saw but it's not showing up on ultrasound and that is fine with me. I don't know if I mentioed Danny only has one kidney from birth so this was a great concern. Second, the fever is gone. Blood culture looked great. Third we got to do the Law and Order Criminal intent in New York on Thurs. It was touch and go, do to the fever but we were given the green light Thur. morning. So we were off! It was very exciting. Danny was asked to be a child at a children's hospital. He replied I WAS BORNED TO BE A PATIENT!!! It was a very cool experience. It should air I believe on Oct. 23rd. The cast was very nice. Cassey took a day off as well and enjoyed spending the day with brother Dan. We had a treatment on Tues. Counts really dropped. He is holding his own. He is a trooper. He seems alittle tired. Not sure yet if this has to do with counts. I'm keeping an eye on him. We hope to get trough this round like the last. Pray for an easy one. Oh, the calendars are in. They look great. They sent us 400!! so we better get busy selling!! Again, all monet goes to cancer research at CHOP. Hey the walk was a great sucess. I heard a quote of $300,000. What a great feeling. It is really making a difference. Tues. treatment was not given until 3:00 because there was no chair for Danny. There were kids even in the hall. Lets pray for the answers and for the doctors. There are too many people effected by cancer and way to many children. With love, JOdy

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:07 PM CDT

Yesterday was the longest day ever. We arrived at the hospital to review scans and recieve chemo. Dr. Phillips seemed to be running around but gave no indication of what was going on. Of course I sat praying. I always find it hard while waiting for the results. The closer it gets the harder it is to breathe. He called us to the exam room and was very hard to read. Finally he starts. The scan show the sight is STABLE! Whew! However, he says. That being one of my most unfavorite words. The report is showing something on the kidney. They don't seem to think it's tumor but will be doing an ultra sound on Fri. So again no worring until it's time. While all this is going on we recieved a call from New York. Danny was being ask to appear as an extra on Law and Order Criminal Intenetent. Sounds crazy but true. Jacks cousin gave them Danny's name. He will have no speaking part but will play a boy with a disability. The call came to let us know this will happen Thursday. So after the call and the chemo. we returned home exaulsted. Dinner was provided from some angels in the neighborhood. It was wonderful. All I could think of was how good it was to be home with some good news and bed!! I was so tired. Danny was relaxing in the living room and I went to check on him. I gave him a hug. He was burning up! His temperature was 102. It was now only 7:00. We had been home two hours. Danny knew what this meant. Back to the hospital. We were sent to the emergency room where we stayed until 2:00 a.m. I thought we were tired before. They are doing a study on onco. kids now which allows you to go home. Normally this can be a two day stay. They loaded him with antibiotics and watched him. He awoke this morning and so far no fever. They are checking the blood culture for a line infection and will have results tomorrow. We will speak to the clinic later today. We don't know whats going on but hopefully it's a 24 thing. We will decide about N.Y. when we know more. Well, so much for a boring day... Life can be crazy. We thank God for the scan and the great caretakers at CHOP and for sleep!! Will check in soon. Jody

Monday, September 27, 2004 7:20 AM CDT

Yesterdays fundraiser at the Parkway was a great sucess. I can not thank all of you that attended or contributed enough. The support overwhelms me. We are so very blessed to have such incredible people in our life. It was a bueatiful day and a memory I will always cherish. Danny enjoyed it very much. He realizes that the money raised will help all the kids dealing with this illness. We saw many of our hospital buddies. It was nice to see them with all their families and friends. Alex Scott's family was there selling lemonade. I really missed her, although I could feel her spirit. She like Dan knows how important the research is to help stop childhood cancer. We will be heading to the hospital soon. The MRI is to begin around noon. Please pray for us during this scan and remember us as we await the news. Love Always, Jody

Thursday, September 16, 2004 10:28 PM CDT

We have been really busy getting settled in school. Danny has joined sister,Cassey (8th grade) and brother,Matt (3rd grade) at school for the first time in a very long time. Danny has been home since last Dec. due to his illness. My prayers have been answered because he is looking pretty good. He hasn't missed a day yet! We were not to sure how he would do full day. All is well. His energy is amazing me as well as his will to push through. He is determined to be normal. I think that 90% of getting well is attitude and he has it. He is on top of the world.

We are looking forward to the big day coming up Sept 26th. This being CHOP's biggest fundraiser for research in kids cancer is right up Danny's alley. He will be one of the spokespersons for the cause. He has been told it will be a very busy day. Again anyone wishing to donate or particapate go to to sign up!!

MRI will be the day after the run on Sept.27th and returning to chemo. and seeing Dr. Phillips for some more answers on scans the following day. Please pray for us. Jody

Thursday, September 9, 2004 6:55 AM CDT

We have completed round four!!!! Tues. marks our half way point in the chemo. maintinance. Although this will most likely take us til June it's nice to know we are making it through. Danny has at this time a low hemoglobin but you wouldn't know it. He is the most active he has been in quite some time. I'm sure it's the prayers!! He went to school yesterday!!! He hasn't been ther since last Dec. My hope is he can continue because he really needs to be normal. He reminds me daily. Him going to school was not so easy on me. I cried off and on all day. I am fearful of his balance. The Vinchristne has already effected his two toes and finger tips slightly. Hopefully that's all. We will be watching him closely. We are due back Sept. 27th. for the MRI. We will see Dr. Phillips the next day to review the scans and begin the fifth round. Please pray he will be able to continue with school and has energy. Don't forget about the run/walk on Sunday Sept. 26th. It should be great. We are hoping for a great turn out. More info on Thanks for checking in. Love Jody

Monday, August 30, 2004 7:04 PM CDT

The week went really well. Danny had only alittle nausia and lack of appetite. He complained of alittle ear pain. My guess it's the Vinchristine. I spoke to a Chop nurse today and she agreed. I'll find out more tomorrow. The MRI is set up for Tue. Sept 7th. at 1:00. This would have been our last chemo. day of this round. I'm not sure what will happen but we should find out that also. I'm sure you know the use of the Vinchristine has been bugging me. Well something happened today that made me feel alittle better. I was able to speak with the one person that I felt could help me. Her name is Tori and she used to be Danny's physical therapist at CHOP when he had to first learned to walk again. We had become really close to her. She left CHOP about a year or so ago. She is now working at St. Judes. Before she left I remember her telling me of the research she was doing. It involved kids with cancer and thought maybe she would have some insight on the use of this drug. Well I was able to track her down with the help of a friend. It was wonderful to talk to her but better yet she had a few answers!!! She was exactly who we needed. She had documented a study proving how physical therapy really helps in the recovery of Vinchristine. We were blessed to know Tori then and now!! We began our stretches today so along with the prayers maybe we can work against getting so beat up this time. Today was a great day. Will update soon. Jody

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:55 AM CDT

The trip to the clinic left us hoping for the best. We decided along with Dr. Phillips it was time to try the Vinchristine once again. After a long question and answer session it seems it is time. The results of using both chemos together is our best shoot of cure. So after great concern Danny recieved them both. The reason for the concern is the numbing effect that can sometimes occur. Danny has experienced every side effect possible. Not everyone does. They are not really sure why this happens. I am praying that it passes us by this time around. It also seems Danny's white counts are having a rough time recovering. It was mentioned this might also be a problem down the road. But today is today right? So no what ifs!!
We will deal with today and it looks like a good one. He is looking tired and is still in bed but with a belly full of zofran(for nausia) he says he feels okay. We are going to push for a swim at the pool for a couple of hours. It will do us all good. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 6:02 PM CDT

We returned to clinic yesterday and were able to get the first of the four treatments. This will be round 4 of 8 that we are trying to complete. We will hopefully be finished this mess by May if we are able to stay on track. We discussed introducing the Vinchristine again and truth be told it's making my heart ache. He is looking so much better. I remember when we be began in Dec. he was running and bowling. Now he is walking again but still is alittle unsteady. We are praying for the right answers. Dr. Phillips will be back next week and I will feel better when I can question him. Danny awoke this morning with an oh so familar upset stomach. YUCK!! I hate watching him deal with the side effects. As the day went on he looked much better. Say some prayers even after this next series he will feel well enough for school. I think it will do him well. Someone asked if I was alright due to my lack of spelling and grammer skills lately. I confess that even on my best day I can't spell or write but now somedays my head is pure mush!! Bare with me I have a few things on my mind.
Thanks! Jody

Friday, August 13, 2004 8:08 AM CDT

We returned to clinic Tues. but counts in blood are not high enough to start round four. The anc number is to low. We are hoping that this is on its way back up. This is said to come about from the cumlative effects of the chemo. We need to watch for fevers and infections. There is really nothing we can do but wait. Danny looks good so taking a longer break might be an answered prayer. He is planning to return to school. I hope so. He is starting to tell me more and more that he just wants to be 12!! He relizes he is living a much more guarded life than his sister who is only a grade ahead of him. She is able to just run with friends and he wants some of that. I know it's very normal to feel that way but it is the hardest on me. He isn't really all that steady and I am the Mom!! He actually has been venturing out into the nieghborhood alittle. It seems to be helping him. We will try again next Tues. JOdy

Monday, August 2, 2004 9:21 PM CDT

We return to clinic tomorrow. Round four will begin. Danny is looking good. Hopefully this will continue. Danny and I had a really rough day today. We found out today that a very sweet young friend of ours lost her battle yesterday. Her name is Alex Scott and she was eight years old. Many know her by her lemonade stands. I must say she has been quite an inspiration. She also had lost a clinic buddy and because of that she wanted to help the sick kids. Danny heard of this and wanted to help ever since. We met Alex at CHOP and learned of her incredible story. Danny and I will greatly miss little bright eyed Alex. This kind of news was the hardest to share with Danny. He just sobbed. We just held each other along with Dad and prayed. We decided together to make it our mission to speak out on behalf of research. Sept. 26th CHOP will hold a large fundraiser for kids cancer research. They are really discovering things everyday. Alex knew how important it was. Time and answers are what's needed. So that being said, please if anyone would like to participate or donate to this wonderful research go to where you will find more details. Please keep Alex's family in your prayers. Love Jody

Monday, July 26, 2004 5:47 PM CDT

Well, we have returned from a most wonderful escape. The beach can cure most anything!!! (Almost anything) Danny recieved much of the best medicine that anyone can ask for. Laughter, family, friends, and swimming in the ocean!!You heard that right!! SWIMMING!! We arrived very timid and aided even to walk over the dunes and left with a much stronger, heavier, happy boy! The two rides back to CHOP were very hard but God was smiling in good old Sea Isle. The treatments went well with no transfusions. Danny continued to gain weight every week. I think it was the salt air. Whatever, He is looking better. I can tell you I will never forget the day he turned and smiled ducked his head under,and the next thing I knew he was riding a wave!! Don't get me wrong I was holding my breath but the look on his face was priceless. We are on a real break until Aug. 3rd. Its great to see him so happy. Please check out to learn more about the second largest fundraiser that CHOP will hold this year for children's cancer research. Danny's story appears here. He was chosen to be one of the media kids for this run/walk this year. They will also use some of Danny's artwork. He is really excited about being a part of this. So if you are not busy Sept. 26th. We would love to see you there. Hope all is well with everyone. Be in touch soon. Jody oops! the site on the fundraiser should be Sorry!

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 11:59 AM CDT

Our trip to clinic yesterday went well. Danny did not need a transfusion. His hemoglobin was 9. Same as last week which was a pleasent surprise. Weight was up a pound!! And the BEST news we actually got a slight reflex in his knees!!! Little brother Matt came along for the first time. He made Danny's day. He sat right next to him in the same chair while he got his treatment. He loves his brother! It was really good for Matt too. He got very upset the night before. He said,"I just want him all better." I explanied we all do and that is why we have to keep up the hard work to get him better. It can be really hard. Oh, I have to share with you Danny's view on going yesterday. He explained to me the worst part of the hospital is you can't call out sick!! He wondered if maybe we could call out well!! Very Funny!! Beach here we come. Be in touch in a few weeks. Love, Jody

Wednesday, June 23, 2004 4:03 PM CDT

We had a hard time returning but we went. One down!! Dad went with us. He is in training for when we are down the shore. He will be bringing Danny up for the two treatments while we are on vacation. We had planned to be on a break but you know how that goes. We intend to make the best of it. Positive beach rays all around!!! We always feel great at the beach!! Please pray the least if not any side effects while we are enjoying our most favorite place in the world. I am sure heaven is one BIG beach!!!!! We will not leave til July 3rd. so next week will be the second treatment. Usually he worsens as we progress thats where the prayers come in. Two of our three weeks will be chemo weeks and the last will be a break. Check out the new photo's of camping!!! Thanks for checking in. Love Jody

Monday, June 21, 2004 8:46 PM CDT

We have greatly enjoyed our break!!!! Camping was wonderful. It was enjoyed by all. 15 kids and 14 adults!!
It was a blast. We also recently saw Harry Potter and have ventured to the pool. He is still unsteady and it takes my breath away. I keep kissing him right up to God as I let him go on his own. I know I can't keep him in a bubble but it is really hard sometimes. Danny is really enjoying having his brother and sisters home. I can tell even if he won't admit it. We return back to the hospital tomorrow. He has eaten McDonald chicken nuggets everyday of the break. Sometimes twice a day!! I guess it's better than nothing, at least that's what the docs say. We all wish we didn't have to return but it will be one day closer to being done.

Friday, June 4, 2004 12:57 AM CDT

The results of the MRI were okay. Seems as if things are the same as last scan. This is fine because there is many unknowns. Will it ever completly disappear? Is what we are seeing live tumor cells? He seems to be gradually getting feeling back in his feet and has gained alittle weight. So for these things I am happy. The treatments will continue as planned. He most likely will get another blood transfusion Tues. because his hemoglobin is low. He was much quieter than usual the last couple days but now seems to be back to himself. We will continue to pray for God's will in all of this and ask him for the strength to continue with the many treatments ahead. Thanks to all for the endless support. Everyone has helped us in so many ways. We couldn't handle this without your love, support and prayers. Love Jody

Monday, May 31, 2004 10:32 PM CDT

MRI is tomorrow. We need to be there at 9:30 to have a blood test and to access port. Hemoglobin was alittle low last week so we need to have it checked. We have a start time of 11:30. Again it will take about three hours. Results will be given on Thurs. Danny broke down tonight when talking about going. He always trys to be so brave but a good cry helps sometimes. So we both did. At bedtime things seem to be a bit better. Please pray for the holy spirit to remove all worry. The unkown can really spin up mixed feelings. I know this is the hardest part and we will all feel better this time next week.

Monday, May 24, 2004 10:12 PM CDT

Well we have had some great excitement since the last entry. Danny was feeling somewhat okay to attend the last track snack bar on Saturday. We set up first thing Sat. morning,7:30 to be exact! Danny joined us around 11:00 with his Dad. We were told it would be busy but I really didn't know what to expect. We sold 800 pretzles!! We also sold hoagies, hot dogs,etc. Well we were completly without words when the day was totaled. The amount for just that Sat. was $4,600.00 dollars!!!! It was wonderful. The out pouring of support was overwhelming. Our total for the complete fundraiser was just alittle under $10,000.00. All this money will go directly to pediatric oncology research at CHOP. I spoke to the representitive from CHOP today. She is trilled. Thanks to all the supporters and the workers on this increrdible job. Danny's reaction was the best. With a smile from ear to ear he said, "It's so great!!" The smile is still there. He is eager to return to the hospital tomorrow but only because he is excited to turn over the check! It helps me greatly to actively do something to help my Danny and all the other kids who I see weekly. These children are fighters. My heart aches for them. Being a kid should be easier. We will be turning in next years calendar art work tomorrow also. Luckily Danny's fingers are doing better. He just making the deadline but up until now his fingers have been numb also. I got to see what he came up with tonight. Again in amazement. He used our slogan, "Get on track help cure cancer". He drew a boy running towards the finish line. Behind him a purple blob with the words cancer written on him. The boy was winning the race!!!! Please pray that all children with cancer are touched by God's love and get to win the race!! Everyone who help should be very proud. You really did make a difference.. I am blessed to know each of you. A very heartful thanks. With love, Jody

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 10:22 PM CDT

Well our luck ran out alittle today. Danny wasn't feeling very well. The nausia caught up to him today which made eating hard today. We plan to see Shrek tomorrow. Hope we make it. He could use the lift. This weekend will be the last snackbar. Again all proceeds benifit children's oncology research. We will be at Upper Darby High School. So if your in the area and hungry. Stop by and see us. Danny will hopefully feel well enough to sell the candy at the snackbar. Maybe we will see you there!!

Friday, May 14, 2004 8:11 AM CDT

Sorry I didn't get to this earlier this week. Danny was able to get 75% of carbo. chemo. on Tues. Counts looked good. Still no Vanchristine due to the numbness issue. He seems very tired but not showing signs of upset stomach. I'm not sure if this is due to the break, med., or reduction of chemo. but who cares as long as it's better!!
Danny's class trip is today. He is just to tired. He is handling it well. We plan to do something with his friends next week. Seeing his friends always can boost his spirits. I know for me, my friends are the very reason I can tackle all this mess. I truely call them my angels here on earth. I give thanks for them daily. They are the best.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 7:16 AM CDT

We will return today and most likely recieve chemo. I was thinking over the weekend how much better we all feel since we took alittle breather. Danny's counts were a gift from God. We were getting beat up physically and now feel much stronger, me included. The change in weather helped too. All those rainy days in April were making us buggy. I had the best mother's day ever. One of my best gifts came unwrapped! We went to the 11:30 mass together. Now for the last couple of months Danny has been clinging to my right arm for balance due to the numb feet. I had seen an improvement in the last week but to my surprise on Sunday he walked himself up to the front of the church from the back solo!! He then recieved communion and walked with a stagger back to his seat. Well the tears were flowing! One of the best gifts I can imagine. I know that the possibility of the Vanchristen may again take that feeling away but it is a WONDERFUL thing to know he can and will walk on his own again soon after this mess is over. Here is to hope and Gods gifts!! Love JOdy

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:14 PM CDT

Our trip to the hospital Tue. was a quick one. After checking the counts we spoke briefy to Dr. Phillips and where out of there. Danny's anc number was 640. That was our ticket back into public places. Any number over 500 allows us not to be as careful with germs. This number needs to reach 1,000 to begin chemo. again. It looks like maybe next week. Danny is enjoying the break but is aware every week missed adds another week of treatment to the end. We enjoyed a trip to the Camden Aquarium today (Cassey's class trip) We used a wheel chair to get around. It was great to get out for the day. Danny didn't seem to mind the chair and I know enjoyed the fish!! I am so blessed to have such an easy patient. He still makes me smile everyday and is a pleasure being around. He is one amazing kid.

Thursday, April 29, 2004 9:36 PM CDT

Today the clinic was crazy! We arrived around 12:00, got the port acessed and waited for blood counts. Dr. Phillips saw us breifly to let us know that Danny's (anc) was very low. This number is what we watch to know if he is at risk for fevers and infection. It was 200. We will not be able to restart the chemo til this number reaches 1,000. There is no way of aiding this number. We just have to wait and see. If Danny catches anything now that spikes a fever it is a direct ticket to an overnight stay on the oncology floor. I was thinking today that maybe we are lucky things seem to be out of wack but almost one at a time. I can only imagine how he would feel if everything dropped at once. Well that's my bright thought for today. We return next Tues. Oh good news! We gained .6 kilos. Got to be thankful for any good news. Pray the anc #'s go up in a hurry we hate to be cooped up in the house. You know I mentioned things were nuts at clinic today. Everyone there was busy doing the best job possible. We are blessed to have them on our side. There wasn't even a room to remove the needle from the port yet the nursed smiled sat him on a window sill and removed it there never even being frazzled. They are amazing people. As I sat in the waiting room today I prayed for a new patient and their family. There must have been ten family members along with the mom and dad and child. Their faces looked so helpless and scared yet comforted by the staff. Please remember all the children and their families and say a pray of thanks for the wonderful caring dotors and nurses that deal with cancer day in and day out.

Sunday, April 25, 2004 5:19 PM CDT

The weekend was wonderful. Danny had a great day Saturday. He was feeling pretty well. We all enjoyed Matthew's communion day. It was nice to visit with family. We return to the hospital on Thur. We will discuss the start of chemo. We will most likely begin next Tues. The feeling in Danny's feet is slightly returning. I hate that we will begin again and not know if it will effect this. Well we really have no choice so I guess it will be okay. Can't wait to see that next MRI. It will be the first week of June. Thanks for checking in. Jody

Tuesday, April 20, 2004 9:29 PM CDT

We had an appointment today to check Danny's platlets. They dropped once again so Danny recieved some. We have to return again Thursday. So much for the break. It's really okay because I want them to keep a close eye on him. Last week when we came home he lost a tooth and we couldn't get it to stop bleeding. Not much fun worry about that kind of stuff. His balance seems to be getting better. Spirits are good. He is smiling and joking alot. See what the sun brings out. We have been trying to find fun things to do. Danny had lunch with a school friends this week and last. It seems to really help to plan alittle fun. We watch the The American Idol every week. Danny's close friend Bobby has joined us. Friends make everything better. We are blessed. We are doing well and looking forward to Matt's 1st holy communion this Sat. Matt is so very close to Danny. I love to watch them hang out together. It will be very special. Thanks for checking in. Love Jody

Thursday, April 15, 2004 1:12 PM CDT

The trip today left us still hanging. Blood test came back with a platlet count of 34, cut off being 30. It's a good thing if they are on their way back up. We will check them again on next Tue. Danny and I dodged the scale while at the hospital because we have some making up to do due the bad week before. Maybe the sun will bring a hardy appetite. Easter was wonderful. We spent it with family and all seven Hammonds were at mass together!! That is a rare thing these days with Jackie at college and Danny not feeling well. It was a really nice day. We will keep in touch. Jody

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 10:23 PM CDT

Well we almost got that break we were looking for. Danny completed round four today but we were informed that his platelets are very low. This is not a good thing so we are due back for a CBC,(complete blood count)on Thurs. this week. Thus no break! We decided to make it a family outing since the kids are off. I thought it might be a peak into what we do there each week. Don't worry we will have lunch and make a day of it! We figure we should share the fun! No really it will help to meet all the great people who take care of Danny each week and to have a visual of where we are each Tues. Not to mention help Danny and I becuase we won't miss the day with everyone. It seems that Dr. Phillip thinks we will continue to have problems with the platelets and not start the chemo. as plan for on the 27th of April. He needs to give Danny's body a chance to catch up. Not much said about if the MRI will change. Weight was a remarkably up .3 kilos. Go figure. We threw up all week. Maybe he has been sneaking snacks! I wish. We were crushed that we have to return Thurs. but now after a long talk are up and ready for our field trip that we planned! As we talked today we laughed. Go ahead hit us again. We are up and ready !!! Happy Easter to all. Have a great holiday. With love Jody

Sunday, April 4, 2004 11:14 AM CDT

Danny has been having a tough week and I can't get a handle on why. Maybe the carbo is catching up to him. His stomach is killing him and I am using every drug to counter act what is going on. I was also thinking maybe he has a touch of someting. Hopefully it will not last. It's a real bummer waking up and wondering what todays problem will be. Danny with the little energy he has is hoping to take part in the living stations at church tonight. Please pray he makes this outing. He is really looking forward to being there. This Tues. will mark number four and then a welcome break!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LIVE FOR THEM. Jack and I took turns helping out at the track snack bar at Ohara high school. Holy Cross hosts the meets and our CYO is donating the proceeds to the oncology research at CHOP. I can't even begin to tell you how very blessed we are to know and share our lifes with so many loving caring people. For the last two weeks the weather hasn't been good but they are there smiling and making a difference. What a wonderful thing. Oh, people have been asking what Danny's conformation name is. He choose Paul. He said after the Pope. His name is now Daniel John Paul Hammond. When researching saint Paul,(the saint of the cross) he said, I think this name suits me. And so that would be the history of his choice. Thanks to all who sign in it's great to hear from you all. Jody

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 7:11 AM CST

Yesterday marks the third treatment of round one. Danny still can not feel his feet up to his ankles. That is due to the Vanchristine chemo. Not seeing much improvement not using that portion but the Doc's say it should go away. It would be nice to know when but there is no way of knowing that. All the work we did at physical therapy is paying off, that is when it comes to balance. Although he looks like a druken sailor man he seems to catch himself. It's enough to give me a heart attack!! His muscles we worked so hard to strech however are almost back to where we started. YUK! The best of all things right now is his amazing spirt. He seems happy as can be. This is the greatest gift. When he is having a good day so am I. We ask for prayers not only for us but to all our friends at CHOP. Don't take your good days for granted. They are our greatest gifts from God.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 6:56 AM CST

We had a wonderful weekend. I bravely left Danny and joined some close friends on a retreat to the beach. It was just what I needed. I love the beach and my friends!!! They have been a great support. Danny hung out with Dad and was quite happy himself. He loves to spend time with Dad. They survived on fast food and that's Okay!! Calories are calories!! We recieved treatment two yesterday. Things were pretty smooth. Danny still can not feel his feet up to about his ankles. It should return hopefully. They didn't expect this quite this early in the game. Danny's attitude this week is great. After conformation he seems to be stronger than ever. He shared with me that he felt the heat just pour through his body. He felt a tingling in his spine and head that lasted for quite awhile and so are the smiles!! He told me that night he knows things will be alright God is control!!! The cancer has a way of zapping everything from you. It can only get your spirit if you let it. This week we are doing a good job of being strong. We will begin this weekend a snack bar for the track meets held at Ohara. All profit will go to CHOP oncology research. Last year the donation was $3,000. We would love to beat that this year so if you are in the area and hungry or would like to make a donation we will be there!! Thanks for your support!! LOve Jody

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 4:40 PM CST

Todays visit gave us many answers which is a very good thing. Dr.Phillips took a careful look at what I had been seeing. Danny could no longer walk by himself and it became a worry to me when when I tried tickling his toes and he didn't know I was there. I try not to get freak out until we have to so I was taking on today holding my breath. I keep wondering if this was tumor or chemo causing this sudden change. It was confirm that it was the Vichristine portion of the chemo. The feeling should return but luckily it was caught early because it could have been extremly painful. And we all know we have had enough pain! We had the carbo portion of treatment today and will for the next three weeks. After that we will discuss the continuation of how much Vinchristine we will use. There is a fine line of how much we should push his little body. The best news today is we are taking a breather on the epo shot that we hate! This weekly shot might be needed again but for now we will just watch the blood work closely. Spirits were not to bad today but both Danny and I crashed as soon as we returned home. Something about that mental stress that makes you so tired. Hopefully the rest of the week will be smooth. Looking forward to conformation on Thursday and breathing easier now just knowing the plan. Jody

Monday, March 15, 2004 9:24 PM CST

Well we are returning to CHOP in the morning. Wow, it went really fast. Danny is experiencing trouble with balance and weakness in his legs. He has to be guarded when using the stairs. This seems to have gotten worst in the last few weeks. We have many questions but will be seeing Dr. Phillps so we are in good hands for some answers. We should start up with chemo again and continue every Tues. for four weeks. I'm already promising fun things to come on the next break!!! He seems okay tonight. He told me as he went to sleep tonight he is not concerned about going just wishes he didn't have to feel so sick with the treatment. He is a very brave kid. Please pray for an easy time this week. Conformation is Thursday and he is really looking forward to it. It would be nice not to feel bad. Thanks for checking in. Love Jody

Wednesday, March 10, 2004 6:59 AM CST

Well our week of fun was everything we expected and more!!
Fri. night was a blast. We took a ride to Doverdowns in Delaware to see Bill Cosby. He was incredible. We laughed for an hour and a half straight!! Our seats ended up being dead center one row from the stage. If that wasn't enough, I took a chance and asked some wonderful woman to let Bill know Danny was there that night. For those who might not know Bill Cosby called us last year. This happened by way of some angels that knew how much Danny loved him. The woman returned to tell us we were in!!! We walked down a long hall and there he stood. The smile on Danny's face was from ear to ear!!! He was so very kind to Danny and very positive. He lighten all our spirits. Sat. night we were invited to the 76ers game where we met some more incredible people. Danny, Stephanie, Jack and myself attended. We were took to courtside to watch the warm up. Seeing the players so close was great. Many came over to meet Danny and sign autographs. Among his favorites were Allen Iverson and Eric Snow. Danny was fan of the game which included high-fiving the players as they entered the court. (A new picture of sixers game is posted in photo sec.) A big thanks to Bree at the sixers!!! We had a great time. Last night Danny felt well enough to go to the choral festival. He had been looking forward to this for a long time. We even changed the chemo start-up for this event. He did really well. He was able to practice sitting down which really helped out and after a break in the afternoon he returned for the performance. I was very proud he stuck it out with great determination. It is going to be hard to return to clinic next Tues. This break was sooo needed. I am thankful for all the fun we had. It has been great.

Friday, March 5, 2004 9:44 AM CST

Danny turned 12 yesterday and really enjoyed himself. I had been keeping a surprise that was driving all his friends nuts! At 4:00 they were to arrive but no one knew for what. While taking a group shot outside the limo pulled up. I heard someone say,"thats not for us." When I said oh yes it is they went wild. Still they didn't know where. The guessing was great. A game of some sort, bowling, the airport, and the zoo to name a few. We pulled up at Dave and Busters which is a large arcade. They had a blast. I loved watching them all. Danny did pretty well. It was a happy birthday. The fun will continue tonight when we go to see Danny's favorite comic, Bill Cosby. When we told him his mouth dropped and was so excited he couldn't make a sound. After all this we still have more excitement. The 76ers have invited Danny to the game Sat. night. He can't wait for that either. I am sure we will all sleep next week. The most wonderful gift is not having treatment this week. We are really enjoying this break.

Thursday, February 26, 2004 7:15 PM CST

OH HAPPY DAY!!!!! The news is that the growth looks noticeably SMALLER!!!! We could hardly believe our ears. We were really ready for anything but after being hit so many times you begin get your guard up. No guard was needed to hear the good news. It was just what we needed!! I feel like we can stick it out now knowing we are making some progress. Danny still has a mighty long road ahead but this news has given such a major boost. We will return back to CHOP on Monday for blood counts and then enjoy a long awaited break til March 16th. This will mark the begining of maintinance. He will recieve chemo. for four more weeks and break for 2 1/2. This cycle will repeat for eight times with scans along the way. What will we do with our break? Well besides celebrating Danny's 12th birthday on March 4th, he plans on singing at the choral festival, and recieving comformation. The chemo has left him very weak and alittle unsteady so we will still be taking it slow. Food is still a huge issue but hopefully will improve with alittle break. Many thanks go out to all who have been saying their prayers. We can move mountains if it is his will. I am thankful for God's blessing. We really needed a lift. Today is a good day. Love Jody

Wednesday, February 25, 2004 7:11 AM CST

And so we wait.... This is always the worst day. The idea that someone else knows of what lies ahead and the waiting can drive you crazy. We have been here before and will survive. I think we will keep busy today. Things yesterday went okay. Danny had a really tough morning. He had just a complete melt down. He has every right and believe me they don't happen often and never last long. I wonder with amazement often at how he keeps it all together. I am strong until he starts and then well, I am just mush. When ever we get like that we stop say a prayer, cry, and then tell a joke. It always seems to work. We use laughter alot. In fact Danny and I thought it might be time for vol.II, "Laughter is the best medicine", so we are once again looking for jokes. We are opening it up to the other kids at the hospital and when complete they will have something to read during thier visits and maybe we can spread some laughter during a spot in their lives that dosen't seem to fun. Hopefully reporting good news tomorrow. Jody

Wednesday, February 18, 2004 9:44 PM CST

We made it through to week 10!!! Seems like a great thing but we have a long road ahead. The MRI is Tues. and we meet with Dr. Phillips on Thurs. Please pray so very hard for good news. We will have the week of our birthdays off which is another wonderful thing. I have some surprises in store but will have to wait to report on them. The treatments will begin again on March 11th. which seems like only a breath away. It's not much of a brake but hopefully with the news of the scan results we will feel the strength to go on. We will continue this cycle til sometime in the fall. We kinda lost it at the thought of another summer sick but I have promised Danny I will fill everyday that he feels up to it with fun!! We have both been pretty beat up this week so here is to HOPE that next week brings joy and strength. My prayers go out to all our new friends at the hospital as well as for you and your families. Thankyou for all the constant love and support. We are truely blessed...Jody

Wednesday, February 11, 2004 2:35 PM CST

This marks treatment number NINE!! Counts looked good and Danny actually gained a tiny bit!! Enough that they didn't even mention the feeding tube! Whew! We really had to work hard for that. I have been counting every teaspoon. It is one of my least favorite parts of this mess. We have come up with a shake of sort. It's made with a rootbeer icee, cream, corn surup, whole milk and it comes in at a whopping 600 cals. It has saved us for now. Thank God for that discovery. We will complete the last of ten in a row (treatments) next Tuesday which is an answer to prayer because now we can stay on track and have Danny's birthday week off!! He will be twelve. WHAT A GREAT THING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. Life is a true treasure to celebrate. We took a small trip to boost our family spirits. Bet anyone who knows us can guess where. THE BEACH!! Winter or not it is always our very favorite place in this world. We played games Sat. night all seven of us. We walked the beach, ate Mack N Maco's and bought fudge. The weekend couldn't have been better. It refueled us all. Danny felt well enough today to go to school for a couple hours. Another wonderful sight. So today we rejoice. It was a good day. Please pray for the scan to show much improvement or the miracle we have all been waiting for. The scan will be on Feb.24th.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004 8:55 AM CST

Yesterday marks treatment number eight!! The day went pretty well. We brought the epergon shot home with us he will get that today. We decided to do this from home because Danny had a bad first experience at the hospital. Wish us luck. The blood counts look great which is a God sent because we have a few viruses running through our house. I'm sending everyone to different rooms. We thought we had done a great job with eating this week yet once again he has lost. It is so very hard to feed him. Nothing looks good and he has NO appetite. I learnt yesterday that the treatments that will follow during the maintinance part of the treatments will be the same as now just with a three week break in between. I was hoping it might get alittle easier. The MRI scan is Feb. 24th. I hope and pray this is working.

Sunday, February 1, 2004 12:26 AM CST

We have had a pretty good week since the last treatment. The break must have really done him well. Danny says that his whole body is tired. I find him laying everywhere. We were able to see some friends and we began a new hobbie of scrap booking!! Anything to keep us busy is a good thing. Even when he doesn't feel like actually doing it it passes the time for me. It's always fun to look at pictures. It gets the whole family involved when you bring them out. We have had a few melt downs this week but this is to be expected. How much can a kid take. No pain from the Vinchristine this is a wonderful surprise for me. I was alittle concerned because it's the first time since week one we went to 100%. Eating is the worst problem of all. It's a mom thing I guess. You want to feed your children. I get so excited over finishing a glass of milk!! This frustrates him so because he realizes how important it is to eat but he really just can't sometimes. Well eventhough we are handling the rough stuff we are glad to be home and have no pain. Taking it a day at a time.... Jody

Tuesday, January 27, 2004 3:28 PM CST

Today we made it through round seven. After a wonderful break we felt stronger and the blood counts look great. We began epergin today that is supposed to aid in reproduction of new red blood cells. Dan was having a fairly good day til then. They had believed that this could be done through the port but this was not the case. He was not happy about having a needle at all, and at this point who can blame him. I see him handle so much but can slowly see that he is tiring quicker than ever before. So with that I am asking for prayers for Danny to restore his strength. That is truely what is needed at this point. thanks for all your support. Love Jody

Friday, January 23, 2004 7:35 AM CST

We are home!!! We were released Wed. because Danny's counts that were thought would reach zero suddenly took a turn and when tested Wed. morning read 361. This number is the ANC count which means absolute nuetrafil count. This is how we know where he stands in fighting infections. We would like to be over 1,000 but because it seems to be on the rise we are home. So we are all washing our hands til they are raw!! We skip treatment seven and will resume on next Tues. He really needs the break and so do I. Danny's spirits were really taking a dive but even after all we put him through he has told me it wasn't really that bad, realizing what a great job they do of taking care of us there at CHOP. I found him this time trying to get involved with the programs offered while we where there. He was ask to help out with a hospital TV program which will be aired next Tues. at the hospital on there inter-TV channel. It will be great to watch while we are there getting our treatment in clinic. Once again when they shake their heads and say I don't know why the counts didn't go any lower like expected. You should have been here for at least a week. I smile and thank God for I know those prayers are being heard and it was time to come home.... Love Jody

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 6:36 PM CST

We join you today from the delux suites of CHOP overlooking the wonderful downtown skyline of Phila. Almost sounds like a vacation huh? Well we are trying to make the best of our time here. Free admission to this great venture came at a mere cost of having a fever of 101.5 and very low counts of white cells. We were sent to the emergency room late Sunday night knowing we would have to stay. We are here to stay until the counts return to a safe place. Danny is being given three different antibiotics which luckily can be given through his port. Although we would rather be home I find comfort in the help I am getting here to help me take care of our boy. We spent our day resting and getting a tour of the brand new oncology floor. Tomorrow Dan will have a xray of his throat. Trying to pin point the pain? We will also find results of blood cultures. I thank God everyday for those who work here. They are wonderful. Well Dan wants to get back to the room so I must go. The American Idol is coming on and Cassey, Dad and Matt are here to visit. Pray for higher counts really soon. Love always Jody

Sunday, January 18, 2004 3:03 PM CST

We thought we would not have to visit the hospital til next Tues. but that was wishful thinking!! Danny began to look quite bad on Thurs. I was not sure if this was due to normal chemo. side effects or something was going wrong. I keep close contact with the hospital and luckily the mother's intuition took over. Something was wrong. Danny's hemoglobin count was a low 7.3. He looked gray. When we had left on Tue. it was 8.6. The safe range for kids on chemo. is 8-10. Normal counts are 12-14. He has only had one other blood transfusion during radiation. It was amazing to see the life just come back into him. By the time we left the hospital he was rosey!!! Thankyou to all those who donate blood! Danny's white count is also low, 1.5 (yuck!) That means no visitors! (double yuck!!) So we are trying to keep him busy and not bored. Hopefully those Eagles will help! Danny is also running a slight fever. We are hoping not to win a stay overnight so say some prayers. He REALLY doesn't want to go there. We are so very greatful to all of you for your constant support. God has blessed us with many great people in our lives. Your love gives us the strength to face this challenge everyday. We are very lucky... Jody

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 9:37 PM CST

Today is number six of the ten weeks!!!! We arrived around 1:00 and were seen by Dr. Phillips about 2:00. While waiting we prepared for the chemo and had our counts read. The weeks are getting harder and harder. Danny is getting pretty beat up in many ways. His is still very strong at heart but is experiencing panic attacks. Dr Phillips is a really great man. He has a very gentle way of explaining things and is really getting to know Danny and his needs. Our counts were good enough for the next round. We recieved it and we were on our way!! That is aways a good thing. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as the weeks to come will be difficult.

Friday, January 9, 2004 4:41 PM CST

Today is a good day!! Danny is eating and up and feeling pretty good. He has had a very tough week. The port was placed early Tue. morning (6:00 a.m. arrival). It was nice to be one of the first cases but alittle hard getting up or should I say staying up for Dad. Jack had to work nights all that week so we found him sleeping against walls and beds and everywhere!! But it was great to have him with us!! When Danny awoke from surgery he was in quite a bit of pain. He had been given morphine during the procedure but needed much more when he came to. After getting that under control he was wheeled to the day hospital on the oncology floor. He rested for awhile while his counts were tested and the chemo was ordered. The Vanchristine portion of the chemo was all that was given, the same will happen next week. Much of the week he rested and recovered from surgery. Today he is moving more freely and enjoyed himself. Here is hoping for more days like today!! It is great to see that smile. Oh one more thing, you can never go through a day at the hospital with Danny without one funny line. He looked horrible when he came to after surgery. Later that day Jack said, "hey Dan your looking good!" Dan replied, "I always look GOOD!!!" He keeps us laughing always. He can be having the worst day but somehow finds some brightness or some humor. It's a good thing...

Friday, January 2, 2004 8:13 PM CST

Sorry it's been some time since the last entry. Sometimes when it gets crazy there is just not enough left in me to sit and get my thoughts together. I hope everyone had a great holiday. Here at the Hammond's we made a point of it. We all attended Christmas Eve mass together. It was really great. Matthew, our youngest was asked to place baby Jesus in the manger, Jack and I served, and Danny sang in the choir. It is a night I will always remember. Danny had a wonderful day. Maybe alittle Christmas magic!! Danny had some tough days before then, missing some pretty important outings but Christmas Eve and day was really pretty good. We are up to treatment number four and this Tues. he will have the port put in as well as a treatment. This treatment will only be the Vanchristine portion of chemo. Please pray this will go well. Danny is hanging in there like a real trooper but it pains me to watch him walk this path. New Years Eve we spent with friends and it doesn't get better then that. He couldn't keep up that night and it kind of got to him. He said as the clock hit 12:00,"I wish I felt better Mom" We hugged each other really tight and said, "maybe next year!" I prayed that night as always but found myself remembering to thank God for the love I felt in that hug. It's what makes me go on. I'm not sure why these things happen but I wouldn't trade that feeling for anything...

Wednesday, December 17, 2003 2:57 PM CST

Last weeks chemo treatment knocked us right on our butt!!! Every side effect and more!! Danny developed thrush which was really painful along with severe jaw pain. Then there was total body weakness and no appetite. He spent the weekend on tylenol with codine which made him very numb. So come Monday we were back at CHOP trying to fix all these things. While we were there the blood counts were read and they seemed to be okay so we hit him a day early with another treatment. This time with only 1/2 the Van-christine as before. It seems it should still work on the tumor cells just as hard but sometimes takes some time getting the right mixture. Eventhough we were alittle caught off guard to be getting it a day early I am now glad we did. It saved us a trip back down on Tue. and after resting a day Danny is looking better and even enjoyed a few hours at school today with friends!! He refused getting his port put in this Friday becuase he is planning on singing at the mall, so he says he is busy!! This will mean two more treatments by I.V.s but he says he can do it. Danny is still thanking God for every good day at prayer time each evening and still amazes me with his strength. Today was a better day..... Love Jody

Thursday, December 11, 2003 11:06 AM CST

Well, the treatmentment on Tues. went well. The I.V. did not!! It took three trys to get in place and it wasn't very pleasent!! My heart aches. Wed. he awoke with very weak legs, a bad taste in his mouth and not much appetite. We enjoyed each others company watching some T.V. and wrapping some gifts. Wed. night all got worse. It kinda surprised us because we were doing fairly well until about 5:00. I gave him the nausia medicine but the night was rough. Today the morning is not great but hopefully by afternoon we will see some releif. At presnt he is resting quietly. Danny hopes to make it to school tomarrow. We are looking forward to seeing some family and friends this weekend. They are great support and we are truely blessed to be surrounded by so many who care. Please keep the prayers coming.

Sunday, December 7, 2003 12:40 AM CST

Well as all of you know our news that the cancer has returned hit us like a ton of bricks. After hearing the news we fell pretty hard but as all good fighters we are back on our feet and ready for the next round. After much praying and tears we are trying to find some positive things in all of it. Number one Danny is feeling GREAT!! There is no pain and it in itself is a miracle. Although the cells are growing again Danny has full function of legs and arms and walking a straight line with no problems. We are crushed, so more than ever we ask for your prayers. I have never experienced anything so painful as his face during the reading of the scan. Nothing I can say can make it right. Danny took the news as we did and after praying with me has taken the same attitude this time around. He says,"Mom, I'm thankful for chemo. Lets do it!!" His strength and faith helps me go on. We will begin chemo on Tues. and continue for 10 weeks with a follow up plan of three weeks on three weeks off for maybe the next year. Danny will have a port put in soon but that hasn't been determined yet. The treatments will be once a week and we pray for minimal side effects. Please make all your days count as we do because God has given us the greatest gift which is life! With Love Jody

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 5:08 PM CST

Today we didn't get great news. Dr. Phillips told us that some new cells are growing on some nerve endings below the original tumor site. Danny has to get a spinal tap. While we're waiting to schedule and complete the spinal tap, Dr. Phillips is going to look into different chemotherapies. He feels that we must be aggressive with the new cells. Clinically Danny looks very good and Dr. Phillips continues to be amazed at that. Dr. Phillips said Danny starting chemotherapy at 100% will be to his benefit.

We are all very sad and upset by this news, but we will fight this all the way. Please keep Danny and the rest of the Hammonds in your prayers.

Monday, November 24, 2003 6:51 PM CST

We arrived at the hospital at 10:30 on Friday. Danny had a bit of a cold. The doc's took a good look at him before he went under. It was a long day. We didn't begin the M.R.I. until 12:30. I guess we were getting spoiled with those early appointments. The scan as always took three hours. After the scan he awoke and said, "Lets get out of here this is cutting into my weekend!!!" So off we went. We are eagerly wainting news from Dr. Phillips. He is away but we are to see him Dec. 2nd. Keep us in your prayers please. It would be great to have a worry free Christmas!
The calendar sales are going well. We will still be selling them on Dec. 6th at the Holy Cross craft fair in the gym. Cassey (Danny's sister) has stepped in to help. Danny, Matthew and I will be attending a Make-a-wish Christmas gathering at the Willowgrove Airbase. We should have a great time. I will keep you updated. Thanks for checking in. Love Jody

Thursday, October 30, 2003 8:06 AM CST

Happy almost Halloween!!! We are looking forward to trick or treating and a party with friends. Last year Danny only made it to two houses due to feeling so poorly. This year should be a blast!!!! He is feeling terrific!!! Physical therapy is going very well. He is working very hard at becoming stronger. He is taking bowling lessons to improve his game which he really loves. Danny has also just became an alter server at church. So things are really going well. Our next MRI is Nov. 21st. As always please continue to pray. I am very sure that he is listening. The doctors are surprised at Dannys progress. Things that are happening do not reaaly make medical sence. It's a wonderful thing.

The calender sales are doing well also. We have sold 300 this far with 200 more on the way. That would be $5,000 going to cancer research for kids at CHOP. So if you want to help we have them to sell!! Danny's artwork and picture is featured in the month of August. They are $10.00 and all proceeds go to the research dept. at CHOP.

Monday, September 22, 2003 9:48 AM CDT

Sorry it took so long to update. Our computer was acting up. Well, the visit to Dr. Phillips went well. The tumor sights seem to have stayed the same. We were hoping for gone but the same is the next best thing. The exam on Danny from Dr. Phillips was great. His report was that he couldn't look better!!! No pain - No Meds all these are good things. The pools of fluid that have formed in his head have matured. Sounds scary but they don't seem to be to worried. We will have to keep a close eye on them as well. They sometimes see this in kids that have extra fluid and have been shunted. We will have another scan the first week of Dec. Maybe this time we will see the sites actually get smaller or disappear. What a great Christmas gift that would be. Dr. Phillips when looking at Danny said he puts these things into three catigories one worried, two concerned, and three out of the woods. We are at the concerned point. It's funny to be happy being concerned but I am. We've been "worried" so long concerned seems like a celebration!! So for the next three months we plan to go on enjoying life one day at a time as always.
Danny has been looking for a way to give back to all the cancer kids at CHOP so we have jumped on board to help raise money for the cancer research department. Every year they sell calendars that have artwork done by kids that are treated for cancer at CHOP. Danny is one of the artists this year. I have contacted the womans club at Holy Cross and asked our principle as well if we could sell them at our Christmas Bazaar. The dates are as follows Nov. 14th and 15th at Holy Cross Bazaar and Dec.6th Craft Fair at Holy Cross School in Springfield. The cost of the calendars will be $10.00. Please tell everyone you know and help the with research to fight kids cancer. If you can't make it to the sales feel free to stop by our house to purchase one. We will have them by the first of Oct. Thanks again for checking in on us. God Bless, Jody

Friday, September 5, 2003 11:17 AM CDT

We will be seeing Dr. Phillips Tues. at 3:00. Please pray that all will go well. I will update as soon as I can.

Sunday, August 24, 2003 6:40 PM CDT

Well Tuesday will again be a big day. MRI should begin at 8:00 a.m. Eventhough we have been through these numerous times it really doesn't ever get easier. I feel strong and Danny looks strong!!! Just wish we didn't have to put him through this all the time. We did as we planned. We had a great summer!!!!!!! We are alittle tired but it's a good feeling to make up for lost time. If we have learned one thing it's not to put things off. I was asking Danny the other day just how he felt about the next test. He replied, "Well Mom I haven't really thought about it." Music to my ears because he's been busy just being a kid. That's the way it should be so here's praying for many more carefree days ahead. We are looking forward to working along with Dr. Peter Phillips at CHOP. Our appointment with him is not til Sept.9th. He will then let us know what things look like. As always I praying for the whole disappearing act. The change from Dr. Janns to Dr. Phillips will take getting use to because we completely fell in love with Dr Janns. I have never in my life met someone so completely amazing. She is the most kind,loving and sweet woman we have ever met. We think of her often and thank God for having her along this journey. Praying all the time....... Jody

Tuesday, July 29, 2003 2:24 PM CDT

Just reporting in after the MOST enjoyable vacation !!!! We Hammonds love the shore and have greatly missed the last two years. We were back this year and it was a blast!! Danny was body surfing and I was crying with joy. He came up from a wave and said "I didn't think I'd ever do that again. It feels GREAT!!!" Jack and I felt like we were watching him walk all over again. Everything was just better than ever. The ice cream even tasted better!!!! We fished and enjoyed hanging on the beach. Everythings better at the shore. Last year we rode Danny up for radiation everyday and boy was he sick, so you can see how a pain free, smilin, joking around eleven year old boy was our most precious memory for the 2003 trip to Sea Isle this year. Next we will be camping. You know we are making up for lost time and never missing a moment. Hope all is well with you all. Jody

Monday, July 7, 2003 9:36 PM CDT

Hope all is well with everyone. We are enjoying summer like we have never done before. We have already completed our trip to visit Mickey, Goofy and gang. It was a total BLAST!!!! We will able to visit all Disney parks as well as Universal. You know we had to make up for lost time!!
Danny is feeling great. He is swimming daily at our local pool and is looking forward to the shore. Looking a bit stronger and working hard at physical therapy. The tumor left him with extremly tight hamstrings. This is most likely due to the pain and lack of mobility. He enjoys the work outs and we are able to do our appointments at the Springfield Health Plex location instead of riding to CHOP. YEAH!! Speaking of CHOP we were there today. We had to see orthopedics for a check up. Glad to report Dr Doorman feels Danny's spine from the outside bone structure looks "picture perfect". (Music to my ears) The next MRI will be August 26th. and no appointments til then. While at CHOP today we were able to present a donation to the cancer research department for spinal and brain tumors. This was made possible by the great people of the Holy Cross CYO. The snack bars at the track meets raised $3,000 dollars. We are extremely grateful for the hard work. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have such great support. We are truely blessed. Danny was looking forward to helping out other kids with cancer and feels this was a great way to start. Danny himself has drawn a picture that will be featured in this years oncology calender. The proceeds once again will go to research at CHOP. I feel this is so important because like Danny there are so many children who are suffering from cancer. No matter how rare the type, we need to find a cure. The calenders will be available in Sept. I'll be letting you know how you can pick up your copy. Also I would like to let everyone know the Make-a-wish swim-a-thon will be held again this year at the Nassua swim club in Ridley on July 29th. The trip last year was for Danny and honestly it was the best medicine ever for him and our family. Come out and join us if you would like. DANNY WILL BE SWIMMING THIS YEAR!!!!! Thanks to all those prayers and God's great grace!!!!!!!!!! Take care and enjoy every day. JODY

Thursday, May 1, 2003 8:46 PM CDT

Good News to All!!! Today we were told that we would not have to return to CHOP till August 25th!!!!!!!!!!! Danny says "PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!" We Hammonds are going to have a real SUMMER!!!! Full of good times with plenty of swimming, bowling, vacationing at the shore and just hangin out!! The news Tues. left us alittle concerned because it seems there is bloodish fluid that is showing up on the brain scan. Luckily the docs have seen this before so we will watch it carefully. All other sites of tumor look good. The original site is smaller than before!! This means we are heading in the right direction. We are thankful once again for all the support and prayers you have given us. Most of all we are thanking God everyday for our each and everyday. Keeping the faith...

Monday, April 28, 2003 7:28 PM CDT

Well, Hopefully we will be on our way in the morning. Danny ran a fever last night and some of today so we have been on the phone checking on what we should do. Looks like we are alright to go as long as he dosen't start with a cough or get sick to his stomach. We are looking forward to good results. Please pray for us. We will be in touch....Jody

Tuesday, April 15, 2003 10:28 PM CDT

Danny is looking and feeling great!!! He is weighing in at 63 pounds which is what he was before he got sick!! I must tell you this makes me very happy. He is still enjoying bowling and is loving the spring days when the weather is warm. He was a reader in the living stations in church on Sunday and is looking forward to Easter. We are all feeling blessed to be doing so well. I can't tell you how great it is to see him smiling and doing so wonderful. While saying prayers the other night he said to me he believes that this all might have been a blessing. When I asked how? He replied, "well Mom if none of this had never happened I wouldn't be who I am. I have learned so much and you know I am not afraid of anything!" These words took my breath away. I said to him that I really see where he is coming from because in some weird way I too feel very strong. I am sure the strength comes as that blessing because alone I wouldn't have made it this far. Never in my wildess dreams did I think I would be faced with something like this. Just the other day he was upset because he realized his limits due to the loss of sight. Jack and I were again heart broken. What do you say? It is unfair. But we together explained that many things are just that, unfair. We explained that it is what you can do with what you are delt that pushes you through. It was days later he told me this sickness was a blessing. So my report on Danny is he is doing better then great!! We will arrive at CHOP by 8:00 a.m. on April 29th. Please pray for the MRI to reflected what we are seeing on the outside!! (and please remember what is really important in all our lives! Be happy and don't sweat the small stuff!!)

Sunday, March 30, 2003 5:25 PM CST

Hi it's me Danny. It's been awhile since you have heard from me. I feeling great. My test is coming up on April 29th. and I can't wait because I just want to know. I think your prayers worked because I'm feeling so great!! Yesterday I got second place with my relay team in track. A year ago I thought I would never get another chance to run in track again because the pain was so bad. Being sick was bad but finding out what the world has to give was great. I never knew how may great people there really are. I want to help the other kids because the pain was so bad that if we can help the Doctors find the cure they can help all the kids. Holy Cross CYO had a snack bar at the track meet. The money will go to kids cancer research. If you are near Ohara on SAT. come buy a hotdog or to and help out. Dannism:What did the pink panther say when he stepped on an ant? Dead ant! Dead ant!

Tuesday, March 18, 2003 9:11 AM CST

Just checking in to let everyone know how things are doing. We are enjoying the spring days this far. Danny is still helping out with Holy Cross track and enjoying bowling. Mostly enjoying being able to get outside!! We are really hoping for a summer this year. We've really missed two in a row due to illness. April is fastly approaching. It will be nice to know how everything is going. Danny just told me the other day not to worry he believes the tumor is gone! Sounds good to me!! So we Hammonds are keeping busy with Cassey's conformation, Jackie and Stephanie's proms, and Matt who always just keeps us busy!! Through all of this they have all been really great. We have had to really focus on Danny but they all have been wonderfully caring and supportive. Hope all is well with all of you. Please keep up the prayers. Thanks-Jody

Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:37 AM CST

Well as some of you already know Danny celebrated his 11th birthday this week. We all enjoyed this one very much. Danny is looking really well and has no signs of pain and his eating is becoming better everyday. We can only hope this means one thing. We are winning this battle!!! The prayers are being heard so please keep them coming!! A lovely woman, Mrs. Cassidy, reminded me to ask all those who are praying through the intercession of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen to do so confidently if it be our father's will so we may have a complete cure for Danny. My thanks to all who pray for my Danny. I truely believe in the power of prayer and how important it is to know all things are possible with God on our side. Thinking back over this year and the most incredible suffering ever imagined, we have found so much of God's goodness. We feel blessed that he has shown us what is important in our lives, how to let him be in control, and certainly thankful for the love he has shown us through family, friends and strangers. All these things give us his greatest gift of peace. Please remember what is important in your life because no ones life comes with a guarentee so make every day count, live in the moment and be happy.

Thursday, February 6, 2003 7:25 PM CST

Just thought I'd sign on to let everyone know that all is well. Danny is going to school daily and eating alittle better!! He has really taken an interest in bowling. We were looking for something that he could do with his slightly impaired sight. He has a blind spot to the right which makes most sports pretty dangerous. Danny actually remembered that the night he fell at the rink someone hit him. (Problably why the fall was so hard) This most likely was due to that blind spot. We will have to be much more careful. So bowling is his thing. He is working hard to improve his game and enjoys the time with friends. Danny was also honored by the naming of a street sign. A very wonderful surprise!! The street runs behind Holy Cross school. It is named Danny Hammond Blvd. How cool!! I don't think he has stopped grinning yet!!! and me I haven't stopped crying!! We are truely blessed to be cared for by so many great people. Danny is also looking forward to helping out the Holy Cross track team. He plans on practicing to get stronger and looks forward to hanging out with one of the coolest coaches ever, his favorite, Coach Danny Moran. So all seems to be well. No medicine, no visits, no pain - lots of smiles, love, and good times - Life is Good. We thank God for all these things and pray for the constant healing of Danny. I can't thank all of you enough for the prayers and faith you've shown. It's weird but somehow through all this I feel we have been blessed all along. I thought before all this happened I understood my faith and my God but through this journey he has shown and taken me to such higher place. The worries just are gone. I have turned it all over and the peace of doing so is wonderful. I guess this is all in his plan. I know we wouldn't have made it this far without him. Thanks be to God!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 08:37 AM (CST)

All is well now but we had some unexpected excitement Fri. night. We went ice skating which is something we had all enjoyed but haven't been able to do since Danny got sick. We lasted about 10 min. I turned my head for a second to check on Matt and found Danny face down on the ice. When we got to him he had hit his head and was scared to death because he couldn't see. Seems as if the hit shifted pressure and caused the lost of sight. This lasted about 15-20 min. We were taken to Crozer Hospital by ambulance. When we arrived there Danny had a CAT scan and everything looks to be fine. It certainly didn't make it less scarey but all is well. Danny was again very brave but reminded me that WE ARE ON A BREAK!!! I smiled and tried to explain this is a normal 10 year olds injury!! I don't think he was buying it. I have to tell you we were rattled!! Our poor angels are always on call!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 08:01 AM (CST)

Well our good news has been confirmed. Dr. Janns sat with Jack and I and explained that the scan does indeed look better!! It seems that the radiation is beginning to work. That's what we were hoping for!! They have decided to watch again and give Danny a healing break. We will rescan April 29th and until then WE ARE ON A BREAK!!!!! At this time there doesn't seem to be a chemo that will help so lets all pray that the radiation will continue to work and God will continue to carry us as always. We are very thankful to God for the healing and many blessing he has surrounded us with.
Thanks as always for caring for all the Hammonds. I truely believe in the power of prayer and I believe he is listening.

Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 07:45 AM (CST)

We are glad to report that our New year is starting out HAPPY. We do not have a full report but at first glance Danny's scans look BETTER!!!!! An answer to prayer that we are all thankful for. We will know more after meeting with Dr. Janns Tues. but I must tell you we are breathing alittle easier. I would like to thank all of you for your paryers and support. I'm sorry for not keeping up over the holidays but sometimes when things get to much it's just easier to block it out. Our Christmas for me was just as I had hoped. The best ever!!! Nothing really fancy just all of us hanging out with family and friends. Who could ask for more. Oh well may a few hi-lights like Bill Cosby calling!!! Yes he did call and oh what a thrill!!! Danny loves him. He spent 45 mins. chatting with Hammonds. He spoke to all of us. What a blast!!! Thanks to that quiet angel for setting up a most memorable treat. Danny also enjoyed meeting up with the Philadelphia Eagles!!! for a practice that was set up by CHOP. Danny and Dad met many of the players. They also enjoyed the last season home game at the vet.(another angels work!) The Hammonds wish all of you a Happy New Year and will be in touch soon.

Saturday, December 14, 2002 at 09:47 AM (CST)

Sorry it's been such a long time since I've written. I'm sure all are busy with the holidays coming. We have been very busy as well. We have enjoyed much time with family and friends with traditional tree hunts, family gatherings and the incredible benifit that was held for Danny. Danny took all the toys collected to CHOP the Tue. after the benifit and is was WONDERFUL!!! The kids just lit up!!! We were able to give each child there for treatment something as well as the check-up kids in clinic. The other toys will be given throughout the month of December. It was great to see Danny's wish for the kids come true. Our MRI is planned for Jan 3rd. Danny is trying to go to school. He still is suffering with some of the effects of the radiation. It takes a long time to heal. We only still take it a day at a time but are enjoying them and this great holiday season. Thanks again to all for the support and love. All of you are helping to make this journey easier. Please pray for clear scans on Jan. 3rd.!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 07:10 AM (CST)

We here at the Hammond house are thankful for so many things this year. First and most important we are thankful for each other. If we have learned one thing through all this we have learned not to take any of God's gifts for granted. The gift of life overwhelmes me and comforts me at the same time. It makes us go on. I just think if God can give us such incredible gifts such as our children I know he has the rest the plan in order. Not to say this indeed has been a hard path to go but I am thankful for having God watching over us. I can honestly tell you we have felt the weight of this lifted. I watch as friends and family pull together to run the benifit for Danny and the children at CHOP and it moves my soul. The goodness and love is overfollowing. I am thankful for all our friends and our family. I think they are also, one of God's important gifts. I hope this Thanksgiving is one of your best. I know it will be for us.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 06:36 PM (CST)

Well, We are back again. This time our trip was to good old CHOP. We didn't stay to rested after our Bahama trip. Danny was to a check up last Tue. and all was fine. On Tue. night however I spotted some type of red spot on his back. Luckily, after chatting with a friend, realized this could be shingles. We were back to the hospital on Thur. and admitted on Friday for a four day all inclusive stay at CHOP. Needless to say we were not happy. We are very glad to have caught them early and with the help of some medicine and our fine docs we are back in business. We understand how painful these can be as well as serious for someone with a low immunity so we are thankful to be okay. Danny went to school for a few hours today. It was good to see some friends. Please pray for smooth paths from now on.

Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 10:06 AM (CST)

The Hammonds are back and fully rested!!!!! Our trip to the Bahamas was so incredible. It was better than we could have dreamed. The weather was great. The resort was fantastic and the dolphins were a life experience that none of us will ever forget. Danny smiled and laughed alot. He swam and swam just as he wished. He seemed to feel really good. Being away seemed to do us all good. We watched him change before our eyes. He became more like his old self. He seemed relaxed and really much stronger than he has in a very long time. I am very thankful to make-a-wish for a wonderful time and problably the best medicine we could have given him. Thanks to all that helped in this great gift. We all are extremly greatful.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 07:39 AM (CST)

Just wanted to sign in and let everyone know we are doing well. We've settled down after a very long week. All Hammonds are looking forward to our trip to the Bahamas. The Make a Wish is a terrific organization. We will try to post some pictures when we get back. Danny had a great day yesterday. He enjoyed school and really looked great. He and buddies entered a contest at school. They were dressed as Holy Cross cheerleaders and entertained all with their version of "To Hot". They won first place and really had fun. It was really good to see him smiling and having such a good time. Thanks for the support. Jody

Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 06:27 PM (CDT)

Well it's taking sometime to adjust to the news of our last MRI. We were told sometime Tues. that the two sites of tumor look larger. Not exactly what we had hoped. The areas look cloudly but no doubt bigger. After seeing Dr. Janss on Wed. she explained that many things could be happening. One reason for this maybe we are seeing dead cells on the scans. (that would be wonderful) Secondly what we are seeing is some type of scarring. Or could this be leaking blood veasles? (all would be great) What would be not great is if this has indeed grew. That's where all of you come in. Please pray for Danny and all the Hammonds. We have decided along with Dr. Janss that Danny needs a rest. We are going on our trip to swim with the doulphins and are planning one of the BEST Christmas's ever. We will rescan around Dec.30th. Until then I will pray that God will show us the way. One day at a time.... and I will enjoy each day. Jody

Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 06:17 PM (CDT)

Well all is good here at the Hammond house. Danny is still eating well. The steriods are really doing the trick. Hopefully this will continue someday soon without medicine. We will be seeing Dr. Janss on Thur. for a check up and previst for MRI. We have to do this each time Danny goes under for the MRI. The test is usaully about 3 hours which is to long to lay still for. Danny enjoyed today. He was a special guest of the Ohara football team. His friend Bobby and himself were asked to be ballboys for today's homecoming game. It was a good experience and fun to watch. Danny is planning to return to school tomorrow. We have tried our best to keep up from home. Most of our catched up work has been crammed into the last couple days. He wasn't really feeling up to doing much of anything until he was able to eat for a few days straight.
Keep up those prayers.

Hi Danny here. Sorry I haven't written in a while. I wasn't feeling very good. I have been reading my guest book. Thank all of you for writing and praying it really brightens my day. I have another Dannism. Whats the difference between Micheal Jordon and Harry Potter?
Answer: Harry Potter is a wizard that still has all his MAGIC!!! Please keep up the prayers. Love Danny

Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 10:32 PM (CDT)

Today we are filled with pure happiness!!!!! Danny asked to EAT!!!!! French fries - wonderful McDonalds fries!!!!! Around 10:30 this morning he said Mom I don't know but I think I might want fries. Well, need I say more. I had car keys in hand and I was ready!! Not only did he have a few fries but 1/2 of a cheeseburger. He sat and eat some dinner with us and asked for a snack of mashed potatoes!!! If anyone has been following along with this journey the last five weeks have been more than just difficult. Danny went all this time with not eating a meal. We were lucky to keep even fluids down. Even to look at a magazine that had food pictured turned his stomach. So we are dancing with joy at this milestone. Maybe we are on our way back. Thankyou for your prayers. They have heard. Needless to say I cried tears of pure bliss. To know we made it to the other side brings me long waited relief. I hope now we can concentrate on getting stronger. MRI is Oct. 21st Please pray that the results are the very best. I thank God for this wonderful day.

Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 08:47 PM (CDT)

Today I find myself very tired but amazed how we keep on going. I must confess I no longer take it a day at a time. I have cut back to half days. The days can be to much if we do it any other way. Danny was able to drink an 8oz. power drink today and it really made my day. Sounds pretty sad but again if we don't celebrate those small gains we might lose it. Everyday I hope this will be the day he eats!!!! and I know that day will come. Please pray it comes fast. He continues to smile but he is weak and tired. Not really much complaining. Thats the amazing part. Just think of it. Four or five weeks of getting up and feeling pretty awlful. I think most of us would be alittle cranky. That is where I am sure God is working hardest. He has strengthened our family by way of this illness. We are learning what is really important in life. Don't take one day for granted. Smile and make the best of what ever your faced with and trust. Trust in God's Love. I feel his love and his peace and I see it in Danny's smile. So we go on.

Friday, September 27, 2002 at 09:23 AM (CDT)

I have been busy taking care of our boy. After talking to the hospital on Monday we decided to not tackle school at all this week. Danny was really not feeling well so we have been taking it slow. Him eating has been a great struggle. Boy this stuff can really make you sick!! After taking to Dr. Janss (who always makes me feel better) I feel better!!! It is not at all unusual for this to happen and in her words "we really put him through alot" So this to will pass. She assured me that if the chemo is to follow it can come after our trip!!! yeah!!! Yesterday I ask him how are you really? His response FINE. I said no tell me. Mom when your faced with things you can make choices about, pick the best. When you don't have the choice, say fine and push through. Isn't that what you always say? It is what I say but his strength is amazing.
So when people ask how we are even when the day has been hard I find myself picking the best. We are together and today was a good day.

Friday, September 20, 2002 at 12:52 PM (CDT)

If we had only known after the treatment was going to be so tough! Danny has been having really rough mornings. He has been having nausa almost every morning. Today we didn't make it to school at all. Hopefully this effects will start to subside. He is eating alittle better. If I could only get him to stop apoligizing for not feeling well. It really breaks my heart. The later part of his days are pretty good, and as always if he's having a good day so I'm I. The MRI is planned for Oct. 21st hopefully with good news. Make-a-wish has started plans for our trip to the Bahamas and we are all looking forward to the time away. Danny will be swimming with the doulphins!!!! What a wonderful organization. Thanks for checking up on us. Love and prayers - Jody

Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 10:16 AM (CDT)

Radiation was completed last Thur. Yeah!!!!!! The effects are keeping us on our toes. Danny has really no appetite. I spend most of my time trying to figure out something he will eat. We were not really expecting these problems but spite them we are trying to make it to school here and there. On Sat. we had and great End of Radiation Celebration!!! party. Danny wanted a party with people everywhere. There was people everywhere!!!! It was a great time. We are surrounded with loving family and friends and are truely blessed. It's funny how in the middle of all this craziness our family has found the greatest gift God gives - LOVE Please keep up the prayers. The MRI is being plan for the week of Halloweeen. No word yet on exact date. Oh by the way Danny is off all steriods and the pain is GONE!!!! Thats a good thing. Love to all, Jody

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 04:05 PM (CDT)

Day 25 of radiation and feeling alittle beat up!!!! Not that we are complaining but a huge break would be very nice right about now!!!!! Danny had a blood transfusion today because his blood counts were low during yesterdays check up. This did not make us happy. It was the first time I can honestly tell you he hit the wall. Enough is enough!!!
I must confess I hit the same wall but after a good night sleep we were ready to face our day again. So off we went for the transfusion which took 3 hrs. and 3 sticks!! I think we are out of sticking places!! So today to add to the sore ears, pealing skin, upset stomach,sore throat,and bad cough we add two sore hands!!!! But all is well. It takes alot to keep a Hammond down, especially Danny Hammond. We are greatfully counting down the days - 5 MORE LEFT. Please pray very hard that only answered prayers await us. Thanks for the support and prayers. May God Bless you all. Love Jody and Danny

Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 09:55 PM (CDT)

Day 21 of radiation. Sorry I have not be able to keep everyone posted but running back and forth from the hospital has been quite exausting. My days consist of being out the door by 8:00 back by noon. The rest is keeping Danny comfortable. He gets very tired and his stomach has been hurting. The radiation has made his inner and outer ear very sore. There is not much we can do about it. Just ride it out. Danny had a fever yesterday that set me in a whirl. He caught some virus and is feeling alittle better today. What a scare !! I don't like fevers. All the other Hammond kids are a great help and seem to be doing well. They are very supportive. Matt who is six, prays Danny's back ,that is so very broken, will get better soon. The girls can always get him to smile. The recent days have been rough but we all try to look for the brightness. We are praying for God to continue to carry us and are trying very hard to make our days the best they can be and hoping for brighter tomarrows. Please keep up the prayers. Thanks Jody

Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 08:30 PM (CDT)

Day 13 of radiation and we are pushing through. Danny is still being very brave. If I could only explain how very still he must lie in that room all by himself. I don't know if I could do it. I can see a great improvement since the hospital his sight seems to still be getting better everyday. He also is getting around really well. His blood counts were checked today and still are in a normal range. These are all great things. The steriod medicine still continues to decrease and the pain he once felt seems to be nearly gone. THIS IS THE BEST THING OF ALL. Dr. Janss said during his exam today, "I think we got him back !!" This brought me to tears of happiness because four weeks ago the near death experience left him blind and very dependent. He is now keeping up very well despite having fatique and upset stomach. He trys to enjoy his days. Our motto is everyday counts!! Make it the best it can be and thank God for being right there with us. Thanks for checking in on us. Please continue to pray. It's what makes us strong. Love Jody and Danny

Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 03:26 PM (CDT)

DAY 11 Treatments are going fairly well. If we could only keep the machine up and runnuing we would be even happier!!!! Our apppointment was at 9:00 and treatment was done at 11:30. The techs. couldn't be nicer but the waiting is boring!!!! says Danny. I am amazed at how Danny lies so still. He really cooperates. Despite what he is going through he is doing quite well. He enjoyed seeing some friends on Monday night and lunch at the park yesterday. He is busy thinking of a wish. He said he would wish for world peace but you can't buy that. (always amazing me) We were looking at a magazine at the hospital and saw an add about swimming with the douphins. He thinks that might be really cool. He knows that he wants to go somewhere warm because this is the second summer he has missed. The prayers are carring us so please keep it up!!!!!! Love Jody

Saturday, August 03, 2002 at 05:09 PM (CDT)

Hi to all. Sorry we kinda dropped out of sight but after the trip to Washington to speak to some more doctors we went right to the shore,a place all us Hammonds love. After great thought we planned our path to fight this tumor. Danny began radiation therapy July 25th. We traveled back to Phila. everyday for the treatment but it was okay because we were at the shore!! This will likely be a long road for all of us, mostly Danny. He takes everyday as it comes. His prayers at night are still thanking God for the "wonderful" day and asking him to watch over the sick kids left behind at the hospital. I am so very proud of his spirit. He rarely complains. I am trying to do the same. Our children are one of the greatest gifts from God. I intend not to waste even one day. We greatly appreciate all who have reached out to us. You are all to be blessed. Danny's sight is still improving as well as his balance. He is laughing more and you gotta love that.

Monday, July 15, 2002 at 10:44 PM (CDT)

Thankyou to all our well wishers. It touches us all to feel the support and love from those who write. I believe that God has sent each of you to us to help in this very difficult journey.

We have been told that on top of all existing problems that Danny has developed a brand new site of tumor located right at the tail bone, within the spinal colum. This is quite alarming. We are setting up radiation therapy at University of Penn. Danny will have his first treatment next Thur. We have prayed very hard for God to heal this pain and so we begin this part of our journey. We cannot say we are not frightened by all this but we do feel at peace knowing we are not alone in this. God's love is everywhere. It's in the kind words and actions of all around us as well as here on Dannys site. I believe it wasn't by chance that we were sent to CHOP last week. We were sent there so we could have the best care possible. Please continue to pray now more than ever.... Jody

Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 09:46 AM (CDT)

Danny Hammond is home from the hospital!!

Here is an update from the last journal entry. Danny had a shunt put in his head on Wed., July 5. Dan started to loose sight in his left eye the night before and then in his right eye on Wednesday. There was increased swelling in his brain that caused his loss of eyesight and also he wasn't totally coherant. The neurologists hoped that Dan would have his sight back the next day, but that did not happen. He was totally coherant by Friday. On Saturday morning he started so see some things intermittently. This continued through Sunday. On Monday, a neuro-opthamologist saw Danny and said the loss of sight is from swelling in his brain and should return totally in approx. 6 weeks.

Also, Dan had an MRI while he was in the hospital that showed a 30% decrease in his original tumor, but also some "swelling" in the new spots. Dr. Janns is concerned with the swelling and is meeting with Jack and Jody on Friday to discuss some new treatment options. The new information has been forwarded to Dr. Allen at Beth Israel Hospital and he will be consulting as well.

Dan will be going to CHOP 2-3 times per week to get some physical and occupational therapy. His balance has been a little comprimised with the brain swelling.

So what came first the chicken or the egg. There's no clear cut answer on why Dan's body did the things they did while he was in the hospital. But he is now stable and back home. Jody continues to marvel at the human body and what a miracle it is. Danny and all the Hammonds need our prayers to be able to continue this fight with strength and faith.

Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 08:32 AM (CDT)

Jody asked me to update everyone on Danny since she is not able to get to a computer. On Monday night, Danny had an episode of clenched fists and posturing arms and he was starting to be delusional. The doctors ran him into a CAT scan and it was determined that Dan had a stroke. His blood pressure went very high and it was determined that his sodium levels were dangerously low. The stroke left a small bleed in the front of Danny's head, but it wasn't pressing on anything so they didn't have to do anything right then. He was transferred to the PICU unit where he remains. The doctors say that the bleed is in a place that could affect personality. On Tuesday afternoon it was determined that Dan could not see out of his left eye. There is pressure on his brain from fluid that's been there probably since he's had his tumor. If Dan's sodium is at a safe level, Dan will have a shunt placed in his head today to releave some of the pressure. When the pressure is lessened on his optic nerve, it is believed that Dan will regain sight in his eye.

Obviously, all of the Hammonds continue to need your prayers.

Monday, July 01, 2002 at 08:22 AM (CDT)

Here we are after four days at the hospital. The pain is slightly under control yet leaves Danny with many other discomforts. He had a pelvic xray yesterday. Preliminary results look like no tumor on tail bone which is where the pain is. It was worrisome so this was nice to here. The problem is where is the pain coming from? Danny will be having a MRI today. Although it's alittle early to know if the chemo has worked on the tumor we will be happy to see it hasn't got out of control. This is my prayer today. Once again there are many unclear answers. You know I'm not sure why any of these things happen but I do know that normal everyday life is taken for granted. Please enjoy all those simple things and remember whats really important. All who check in here on us are really important. Thanks Jody

Saturday, June 29, 2002 at 09:08 PM (CDT)

We are sorry to report we are back in the hospital (CHOP) Danny's pain got so bad that we were admitted on Fri. He has been given morphine and it's just taking the edge off. We were struggling with not being able to sit as well as in the last week not being able to lay down with comfort. He was extremly tired and the pain was great. Along with all the medicine came the side effects. We are hoping to get some answers about why so much pain. Please pray harder then ever. We need your help. We have a computer in our room so please sign in and I'll be sure to read him everyone. Thanks Jody

Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 12:06 PM (CDT)

Sorry it's been a long time. The end of school was very busy. Danny never quite made it through his days due to his pain. I have been trying everything to keep him comfortable. He is now on two nerve blocking meds. as well as advil. He just completed the second round of chemo on Thur. June 20th. It went fairly well. He is a trooper. He took eight pills between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and wasn't able to snack after 7:30. I think that bothered him the most!!!! Last nite he was quite exicited to be able to eat again!!! We went to clinic Thurs. blood levels dropped off but they said not to worry. Easier said then done. Danny had exciting night on Thurs. We were able to attend the premere of Like Mike down town. It was really cool. Complete with red carpet and some of the sixers players, Hip Hop, and Pat Croce were all there. In fact Danny made the Phila. Daily news shaking Pats hand. Danny was is heaven.

We ask that you keep praying for us. We are eagerly awaiting July 12th next MRI.

Saturday, June 08, 2002 at 12:42 AM (CDT)

Thursday was a hospital day. Dr Janns examined Danny. The nerve pain was still severe so we upped the meds. once again. MRI will be July 12th. Chemo begins again on June 16th. Blood counts looked okay. It is hard to see him in pain because he has already been through so much. He continues to be brave. Having blood drawn comes second nature. Danny is still having trouble sitting. He enjoyed some friends tonight. We laughed today - sometimes it's hard. I pray this medicine is helping somehow. Please keep praying. Prayers are answered everyday.

Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 06:49 AM (CDT)

We have been busy trying to keep Danny comfortable. He is fine up walking around or laying down. Sitting down is the problem. Another one of lifes things we all take for granted. He has developed really bad nerve pain in his lower back which is why sitting seems to be a problem. We spent yesterday at the hospital and are adjusting a nerve blocking med. that should help. First try with this med. left us not walking very well so please pray we get this under control. You know I think yesterday was one of the roughest because I rarely see him break down. He was really in pain. By the afternoon he was better and as always his fuuny self. He was singing It's a hard enough life for Dan - He cannot sit but stand!!!! (to the tune of Annie's song) He's a goof.

He made us very proud Thur. night. The great track coaches at Holy Cross gave him an award for Most Courageous Athlete. It read "For your strength and determination; for your ability to inspire many; for bringing people closer together in our faith; for being an example of God's love. I told him it was the best award ever to recieve and he just smiled. Somehow I know it made us all alittle stronger.

Monday, May 27, 2002 at 02:58 PM (CDT)

We went to CHOP on Thur. for blood counts. They seem to be fine. I really need to find out what all the counts should be. Danny made it to school one day last week. The treatments for now are done. We have a 23 day break from the chemo. I am seeing some of the effects of the treatments now. Danny is worn out alittle easier now days. He explains it as his arms and legs are tired. We are learning to pace ourselves. We enjoyed friends and some camping this weekend which he was looking forward to. Last year we were in the hospital for this outing and he was not a happy camper!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 06:01 PM (CDT)

Well Day 3 and all is great!!! Chemo is going quite well. Danny awakes with a sore stomach but recovers nicely with anti-nausa meds. I think it is helping greatly to take the chemo at night and pray all day!! We will return to CHOP (our new 2nd home) tomorrow to check blood counts. Our trip to New York went well. The doctors there believe Danny was born with this tumor. They can tell this by examining his hands and feet. He seems to be right handed left footed. (who knew) Seems this is something they see in kids with this problem. It is very rare. We are lucky that this is happening now because they have only been dealing with this for a short time. Because it is so new doctors have alot of different opinions. Please pray that God makes these answer clear to us.

Danny here. I went to school today. I had fun practicing for the school show. We are doing it on countries. Our class is doing Africa. The medicine I think is working well. I could go without the stomach ache in the morning though.

Dannism: What do you do when you see a dinosaur? rrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 03:14 PM (CDT)

Hey it's Danny again. I would like to thank all my friends, family and all you that have e-mailed me. I enjoy reading them. I like jokes and riddles alot. Today I will leave you with a riddle. (dannyriddlism) I am happy that I will begin my chemo tonight. I hope it works. I am not scared at all because I know God is with me.

Riddle: There is a plane filled with half Canadian people and half American people. The plane crashes at the border of these two countries. Where do you bury the survivors?

No where!!(you don't bury survivors) See ya!! Danny

Hi to everyone!! I really find it hard to follow Danny's journal. It's nice to see how at ease he is with this all of this. We are doing well. The Temodar was delivered and we will begin tonight. We have been told that it has been a good plan to begin before bed. First with meds. for nausia followed by chemo. Hopefully he will sleep through the worst of the sick feeling. There can be side effects but we are hoping for the best results. I am happy to see Danny being positive. That makes me very happy. As a parent I've never felt so helpless but I keep reminding myself of my faith and Danny's simple faith. I do believe God is guiding us. We are not going this alone. It is really how God wants us to be. Free from any worries so I'm not going to be frightened either. Jody

Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 09:59 PM (CDT)

Wow, Sometimes I don't know where to start. We were able to accomplish alot on Monday. We had appointments with Ortho. and Oncology as well as a spinal tap. Dr. Dormans is very pleased with the healing of Danny's fussion. That is good news.
Spinal tap was complete but no news yet on what they found. The meeting to read MRI scans was difficult but we are facing things head on. The tumor has growth but not really that fast. (good thing) We are thinking that it maybe possible that it has been growing slowly for the last year and maybe not detected because of rods in his back. New spots are still there and cause concern. We will begin chemo. treatment next week. It is a fairly new drug. It is taken by mouth for five days with a 28 day break. First try with this will be 3 months.

We are still trying to take each day at time remembering the "good things" the most simple things that sometimes we take for granted. We try to laugh everyday and that is always a good thing!!

Please all pray this does the trick. It is all in our good lord's hands. I can feel and see him in all our family members, all our very great friends and in the most incredible doctors and nurses. The out pouring of love and concern fills me with hope and most of all, peace to face this road ahead. Thankyou for helping us and for caring.

Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 09:09 PM (CDT)

Monday didn't go as planned. Danny woke up not feeling well but we went on our way. When we arrived we informed them about Danny and decided we couldn't take the chance of putting him under for fear of him really getting sick from the GA. We are to have the spinal tap next Monday which gives us a few days off. I think this was a good move he is getting pretty worn out.

Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 07:43 AM (CDT)

Hi to everyone. Sorry we took alittle break but sometimes you have to enjoy the quiet times. Danny returned to school this week for a few days and really enjoyed it. We all enjoyed the breather.

Yesterday we had to arrive at CHOP at 1:00 to prepare for MRI. Danny was not allowed to eat after 12:00 the night before. He was not a happy camper but he made up by eating practically 3 meals at dinner last night!!!

We may find out something today which makes me not feel like eating at all! We were lucky to end up will the same Dr. who put Danny under last time. She was great. She kept him just right which made for a really nice recovery time. Danny removed his own IV yesterday. We all watched with amazement. He recovered so quickly we were able to catch up with some friends and the rest of the kids to watch the River Sharks. We are trying to keep some fun things ahead to keep us going.

Hi Danny here. Yesterday I had my MRI it was easy. Right after EATING we went to the New Jersey River Sharks game. Eventhough my favorite team lost last night (76ers) I still had a great night.

Dannism: Why did the cyclops give up teaching? He only had one pupil.

Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 05:20 PM (CDT)

Danny is recovering wonderfully. He was very active this weekend.You would have never believed he was in the hospital a week ago. Must be those prayers. He talked me into the Ohara fair Friday night. He told me he didn't mind watching his friends go on rides he just wanted to get out. So we went early to avoid the crowds. Even though we were there early they sent us to park on the grass. As we went over the first bump I reached over to make sure he was alright and said I'm sorry for the bumps. He responded with "Could you speed it up it's the only ride I'm getting tonight!!!!! Of course I laughed.

We were glad to attend the Walk and Wheels Kids for Kids walk Sunday. The rain held off just enough to get it in. Thankyou to all that supported this great cause. It was great to see so many of our friends. We plan to keep enjoying one day at a time.

No appointments til Friday. The MRI will be around 1:00. Usually we don't find out anything until the Dr. review the films. This is always a hard wait. Please keep us in your prayers. I know God is closely watching all of us.

Sat. I picked up some things at a deli in Aston when I got out of the store checked my change. In th coins there was a penny with a perfect cross punched out!!! Pennies from heaven!!! Dan look at it and said "In God WE TRUST!!" I responded, "Yes we do"

Danny here! I walked today. I enjoyed it!!
Thanks to my sponcers I was able to raise $505.00 for the kids. I couldn't believe it
I think that this walk was important because I see alot of kids that are sick. This money will help the ones who need it.
Dannism #5 What's the difference between a piano and a fish? Answer: You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 02:58 PM (CDT)

Sorry we haven't signed on lately be we have been alittle worn out. Danny has been resting and seems to be healing well. I have spent the last couple of days tending to Danny and setting up more appointments. As it stands now Danny will be having another MRI on May 3rd (that makes #11 in one year) whew, hope it gives us a clear picture. Also will be having another spinal tap May 6th. Once these are completed we will meet with Dr.s here and New York to set our plan. Please pray for clear answers. This is a very important decision.
Danny is one week out of surgery and is walking around fine. To remove the rods the Dr.s had to open original site completely which is the whole length of his back. I find it amazing he is moving around so well. Must be all those prayers. Thankyou!!!
Danny has walked around our block and is planning to attend the kids for kids walk that will benifit Children's Hospital this Sunday from Sabold school to Springfield High School. He tells me he wants to help the sick kids.

Hi This is Danny I WILL BE THERE ON SUNDAY TO WALK!!!!!! I hope it will make a difference for Chidrens Hospital. And I Thank all who will participate or sponcer the walk. I think this can make alot of children better soon.
Dannism #5 What do you call Superman with out super powers? Answer: MAN!!!!!

Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 08:05 PM (CDT)

Thanks for coming on my website. Yes it's true ----- I'm HOME !!!!!!!!! Gladly. I enjoyed reading all your emails and jokes. I'm progressing alot. Sorry I didn't read them til today. I was busy recovering. I asked for the rods and they gave them to me along with a bucket of bolts!!! I had to stay at the hospital for 5 days. Thanks for the prayers they make me strong.

Dannism #3 If I have 39 arms and 101 legs What am I? answer: a lier !!!!

THANKS TO HOLY CROSS TRACK TEAM!!!! (and Coach Dan Moran and Mrs. Boudwin) I WISH I WAS THERE!!!


Well, I think we are all happy to be home. I know I'll rest better tonight. Our stay at CHOP went well. The rods that were put in last May came out successfully. The Dr. informs us that the back bone looks to be fused. Thats a good thing. I remember just about last year when they told us what would happened, I prayed please God give him at least the year to heal. And here we are - we are mostly healed. This is so important because the treatments to stop the tumor can effect the healing process and we need to be strong. Danny will have to lay low for awhile again but although that can be hard when you are ten, he is a strong spirit. A very determined spirit.

We have heard from the Dr.s in New York and along with them and our great Doc's in Phila. we will make up a plan to rid Danny of this tumor. We should be meeting with them some time this week. We do know that Danny will have another MRI soon as well as another spinal tap. One day at a time.

I must relay the funny thing that Danny said the other night while in the hospital.
I asked him Danny is the anything at home you'd like Daddy to bring? His answer Yeah if he happens to see my dignity laying around tell him to bring it!!!!! He always makes me laugh. In fact I insist on a Danny smile every night even if it's been a rough day.

Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 10:26 AM (CDT)

This update is being dictated by Jody and Jack from Dan's hospital room. Dan's surgery went well yesterday and he is resting comfortably due to the aid of some medicine. Surgery took around 4 hours because some bone grafting was needed. He can't wait to see the hardware that came out of his back. Dr. Doorman is pleased to report that the use of the brace is probably not going to be necessary, but he will be restricted for 3 months of no running, jumping, etc. He is scheduled to come home hopefully by Monday.

Dan says "Hi" from the hospital. He hopes everyone is still praying for him and wishes to share his next Dannyism...Why did the boat go to the hospital? Because he needed a dock.

Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 10:53 PM (CDT)

Danny again! Wow thanks to all my visitors! Right now there is 1820 people! Well, Some of you have sent some jokes so here is the first ever Dannism. What has four legs and sees as well out of one end as it does the other? A dog with its eyes closed. I'd like to say hi to Tim and Ed and Chris and Bob B. I wish for your prayers tomorrow. Then I'll be ok thank you all. I love your jokes! Please keep praying. I'm looking forward to bringing my lap top to the hospital to read all your great stuff.
love, Danny

arrival time tomorrow is 8:30. Surgery around 3 hours. Thanks for the support and prayers.

Monday, April 15, 2002 at 10:19 PM (CDT)

Today was spent setting up for Wed. surgery.
All blood work was completed. We didn't like it to much but it went well. Tomorrow Jack and I will head to New York hopefully for more info.

Tonight a few family and friends gathered to pray together. I can feel the strength come over me and I know we can face tomorrow. Thankyou for all the prayers. We know they are being heard when we see a Danny face all these hardships and usually end the day with a smile. Not to say his days are not hard or that he dosen't have a bad day but to watch his spirit rebound certainly inspires me. He truely enjoys all his e-mails.

Today someone ask me what does Danny like? What are his favorite things? Well, Danny loves to laugh and is very quick witted. Sometimes shy but if you get him started watch out. He like most 10 yr. old boys loves to hang with his friends. He enjoys playing video games,computers,writing his own stories along with illustations. Loves the Sixers the most out of sports. He likes to collect cool rocks and teasing his sisters. He likes also teaching his younger brother new things.He is leaving a list for his sisters on how to take care of his little brother while he is in the hospital.Danny asked if we could buy his younger brother a treat so he will get enough attention.
He really tries to help others.
He heard of a walkathon being held in Springfied named Kids for Kids and right away he said to me Mom I want to do this for the sick kids. I thought to myself You Are The Sick Kid! but you can't stop him when he gets something in his mind. The walk is April 28th from Sabold to Springfield High School. This walk benifits Childrens Hospital and a nieghborhood fund. Hopefully he will feel well enough but he is signed up!!

Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 10:45 PM (CDT)

It was nice to have the weekend away from the hospital. We return tomorrow for blood testing and visit to the brace shop. Hopefully we will not need the brace again but the Dr. will not know til after the surgery.

We tried to keep busy this weekend enjoying normal things. Since we have been faced with this nothing is taken for granted. We hung with family and friends and it couldn't have been better medicine.

Again thankyou for checking in and all the good wishes. It really is keeping us going.

Friday, April 12, 2002 at 09:10 PM (CDT)

It has been another long day. Danny will have surgery on Wed. April 17th to remove rods. Dr. Doormans (ortho. Dr.) says the stay will be 2 or 3 days hopefully. The rods were first placed to allow strength and healing. His back is at about 90% healed now so we hope everything will be fine without rods. The rods are being removed so that radiation will be most effective. First test of spinal fluid was negative!!!! Two more to go.
Thanks to all that sign the guest book. Danny is really enjoying it and I can see it lifts his spirits.

Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 06:14 PM (CDT)

Hi This is Danny and I would like to thankyou for going on my web page. I am 10 years old. I am very upset but I know the Lord is with me. My doctors are taking good care of me. I think this is a great way to show my feelings and I thankyou for caring. I'd never make it through without Bobby S., Mark G., and all my other great friends. Thankyou Miss Stewart and most of all my loving Mom and Dad. Also Matt(brother
) Cassey, Jackie,Stephanie (my sisters) I think its going to be tough but I know with your prayers I'll be ok. Thankyou everybody.

Whew! How do you follow that. Well we watched Danny's strength in action today. The medicine he was given for the spinal was supposed to put him to sleep but he never quite got there. He was relaxed and the Dr. was able finish getting the spinal fluid. He went through it like a real tropper. We then had to head to get an x-ray for the ortho. appointment tomorrow morning. Today was good, we found some time to laugh. Thats a really good thing. Please take every opportunity to enjoy all the little things life can offer. They really are a gift.

The results of the spinal tap will tells us if those bad boys are floating around in his spinal fluid. This is really important. We already know Danny will recieve radiation to his spine and chemo. but we need answers to what else lies ahead.

Danny will have the rods from the spinal fussion removed early next week maybe Monday or Tues. at Chop. All of those details we will find out tomorrow.

Please keep up the prayers!!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 09:29 PM (CDT)

Todays news once again found us disappointed. We went to HUP and met with Dr. Lustig. He was really great with Danny which was comforting to us. He thinks it would be a good idea to take the rods out of Dan's back so that the radiation is more effective (AHHHH!). While Danny is having a spinal tap tomorrow at CHOP, we will set up surgery for some time next week. Dan is not happy with this news,but we're trying to point out some positives. Dr. Janns has made arrangements with St. Jude's Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital for second opinions.

Your continued prayers and support is truly appreciated by all the Hammond's.

Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 11:22 PM (CDT)

I'm just getting back on to make sure everything is set up correct. Tomorrow we visit U of P for instruction of radiation. How much of his back needs to be done? Do the rods need to be removed? Also will visit CHOP to discuss second opinion. Thurs. 9:00 a.m.- spinal tap to determine if there is any floating cells in spinal fluid. Whew!!! Dannys spirits are better today. He is trying to focus on positive things. When we talked this morning our goal was to make this the best day it could be. We planned to play with his buddies after school and have fun. One day at a time.

Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 11:03 PM (CDT)

I thought this might be good way to let everyone kwow how our Danny is doing. This week has been quite tough on the whole Hammond crew. We have some tough days ahead. Please help us by praying. We know the good lord is listening.This page has just been created. Please check back for additional updates.

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