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Gold Ribbon Hero Danica O

Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: Danica Oney is a 26-year cancer survivor.  At age 35 Danica was working full-time giving care, aid and comfort to memory care patients in a nursing home while living in Parker, Colorado, raising her 15-year-old son as a single mom.

At age nine, Danica was diagnosed with a Cerebellar Astrocytoma brain tumor. She underwent more than 20 surgeries, 18 months of chemotherapy and full radiation. At one point during her 2 1/2 years of treatment, her doctors gave her a 10% chance of survival. Her recovery was a miracle through a combination of modern medicine and much prayer. She has bravely adapted to a variety of health issues caused by the late term effects of childhood cancer treatment,  always with a cheerful attitude, dignity and grace.

She recently ended up in the emergency room with symptoms of extreme vertigo, loud ringing in her ears, and some confusion which prompted an MRI. It was discovered that she has developed a Meningioma brain tumor that is in contact with critical nerves and the blood supply to her brain stem. It was also determined that she had very rapidly lost 100% of hearing in her right ear.  She is now preparing for Gamma Knife treatment and is on FMLA from her job and is unable to drive. Through this all she remains a cheerful inspiration to her family and friends while she is fighting once again for the son she was never supposed to have and her desire to return to work for seniors that are in need of her patient, sweet, compassionate heart. Danica is an inspiration for the survival of childhood cancer as well as an example of courage in the face of challenges that sometimes follow childhood cancer treatment.” – Kathy P


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