11-year-old Daniel shows great strength in the face of cancer


Daniel, 11, visited an emergency department in May for nausea and abdominal pain, where a mass was discovered in his abdomen, pelvis, and chest. Daniel was transferred to Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and was diagnosed just a few weeks later with stage III Burkitt’s Lymphoma, an aggressive cancer that may doubles in size every 24 hours.

Daniel completed treatment in September and the cancer is now in remission. Daniel has been able to keep up with his online schooling and is looking forward to joining his classmates in person. He’s a gymnast who placed 1st in the parallel-bar event at the Arizona State Gymnastics Meet last year and his father credits his gymnastics training for his strength and resiliency during cancer treatment and recovery.

When first diagnosed, Daniel’s family investigated the best pediatric cancer hospitals throughout the country and they found peace of mind knowing that Diamond Children’s is part of the Children’s Oncology Group, known for excellence and quality in cancer care for children. The family is grateful for the expertise and resources provided in Tucson at Diamond Children’s and its partnership with the University of Arizona, which ensures that research advances are available to Banner patients.

Children like Daniel – and so many others – will benefit from the Banner – University Medicine El Tour de Tucson, as Diamond Children’s is the grateful beneficiary of this year’s event to be held on November 20.

El Tour de Tucson

Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving and sponsored by Banner - University Medicine, El Tour is a fundraising adventure ride attracting over 6,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide. Participants are beginners, intermediate, advanced, and professional cyclists riding 100% human powered bicycles.

Banner impacts the lives of thousands on a day-to-day basis and will help do its part in the cycling world this November, when riders from all over descend on Tucson and Southern Arizona for one of the top 10 best bicycling events in Arizona and the United States. Proceeds benefit a wide range of specialty care programs, technological innovations, and state-of-the-art medical facilities available to patients from birth through end of life at Diamond Children’s Medical Center in Tucson.

Register to Ride

To register to ride, please visit https://www.bikereg.com/el-tour-de-tucson. Be sure to select “Diamond Children’s Medical Center - Fundraiser”. Not a cyclist? Not a problem. You can still support the cause by creating or joining a fundraising team.