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Daniel’s Story

  July 8, 2013

Youth Education Award Recipient 2013

Daniel Cardoso, 17 (Burlington, ON)
Pursuing a diploma in General Arts and Sciences
Diagnosed with medulloblastoma at 6 years old, with recurrence at 7 and 10
Education Award generously funded by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada donors

“My history, though I’m only 17, is a long and complicated one. From my brain tumour diagnosis at six, and through several recurrences, surgeries, chemo and radiation, plus physio and occupational therapy for my recovery, I have refused to give up. This has been the most educational, emotional, physical and spiritual journey one could ever imagine taking. I have learned more about myself over the last 11 years than I know I would have, had I not had cancer.

The impact this award will have on me is great as it will gives me the chance to pursue my life-long dream of helping animals. Plus, this long journey has been very financially stressful on my parents and I feel like this award is my way of giving back for all they sacrificed for me and my well-being.”