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Danny's Dandelion Appeal

Danny's Dandelion Appeal

Why we need your help

Danny's Dandelion Appeal is a Special Named Fund at CCLG raising funds for research into Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH).

Daniel (or Danny as he prefers and how he is affectionately known except for when he is in trouble!)  is a bright, happy, caring and funny little man. He has an older sister Elizabeth who he loves more than anyone in the world and two doting parents who struggle each and every day to strike a balance between letting him live his life and wrapping him up in cotton wool.

In September 2016, a massive lump appeared on Danny’s neck. To be honest, we had been worried about him for a few months as he had very little appetite, had really bad ‘cradle cap,’ cried every time we shampooed his hair or pulled a t-shirt over his head, and because he just didn’t seem “right.” We went to the GP and pharmacy and even hospital (after the lump appeared) but the pieces did not fit together until the lump did not go away. An almost throwaway remark about the ‘cradle cap’ obviously turned on a light for the paediatric associate specialist, an x-ray was taken and then life became very different.

After 10 days of testing including MRI, biopsies, neuro examinations, ultrasounds, x-rays and blood test after blood test, Danny was diagnosed with multi system, central nervous system risk, Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and a year of chemotherapy treatment began. It was an incredibly challenging, scary and disorientating time but we got through it leading to Danny getting the all-clear. The problem is LCH is a very sneaky disease and unfortunately often returns – which was the case just 8 months later, meaning that treatment began again, only this time much more intense. Daniel is now following the LCH-IV protocol which is a two-year treatment plan requiring chemotherapy every day. It’s probably no surprise that his school attendance is very low, he gets very tired and often sick, and he is forced to miss out on many of the activities that 6-year-old boys take for granted.

We are really hopeful that the long-term prognosis for Danny is good and that one day ‘all clear’ will mean just that. But like all cancers we know that even if this happens, Danny is very likely to suffer with late effects somewhere down the line and that he will never be truly free from the restraints that LCH puts on him.

LCH is not a well-known cancer by the public and it can be hard to find other families with children who struggle with it. It’s also an unusual disease as it can manifest itself in so many different ways and at so many different levels. But it does exist, children and adults die from it and even if they don’t, it’s often seen as a long-term condition which will impact forever those that are diagnosed with it.

So, we have decided to set up Danny’s Dandelion Appeal to help fund research into LCH.

Why a dandelion?

- Nickname given by his friends

-  Dandelions, like LCH, can be small but also very troublesome, very difficult to get rid of, and sneaking back

- Dandelions can be used for wishes – and our wish is to contribute in some small way, to raise awareness and support research to fight back against LCH

Danny – our superstar

Awareness – raising awareness of childhood cancer

Next steps – improving the effectiveness and kindness of treatments

Discovery – hoping to discover new ways to treat LCH and to live with the effects of treatment and the disease

Experience – sharing our experience of LCH, everybody is different, always consult a doctor if you have concerns

Langerhans cell histiocytosis

Investigations – blood and urine tests, x-rays, scans (MRI, CT), biopsy, bone marrow, endoscopy

Oncology specialists treat this disease

Never give up!

90% of funds raised will go towards research for LCH and 10% of funds raised will go towards the general work of CCLG.

From this page, you can make a donation to Danny's Dandelion Appeal or open your own fundraising page to collect sponsorship for an event.

For more ways to give, including a monthly direct debit, visit our website.

You can also text CCLG 5 DANNY to 70300 to donate £5.  


raised so far


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Anu Dawson

Raise the Roof Fundraising

Rebecca Guest

Bournemouth Pier Zip

Rebecca Guest

Bournemouth Pier Zip Line


Jan 03, 2020

J Arthurson

Thinking of you Danny, grandma and Ken


Dec 31, 2019

Helen Langdown

Hi Danny I first met you and your lovely family when you visited us at Sweet Charity Choir. I was so inspired by your bravery and positiveness that I nominated your Dandelion Appeal for the proceeds from our works Xmas lunch, hope this helps . With love


Dec 28, 2019

Tash Tash

Dear Danny, Merry Christmas! Here's wishing for a healthy, healing and cancer-clear 2020 for you! Love, Jensen, Zanna, Miah, Neil and Tash Tash.


Dec 24, 2019

Jenna and Jack

All our Christmas wishes are about curing the big C! Wishing you all the wishes you need. Lots of love and gin xxx

(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Dec 24, 2019

Bernie Bambury

Donation in lieu of payment for work done by Bernie B


Dec 24, 2019

Sue McDougal

I was so impressed with your singing at Poole Hospital today Danny, so I wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

(plus 1.25 giftaid)

Dec 24, 2019


Thanks for the fabulous carol singing today at Poole Hospital - you were great Danny xx

(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Dec 23, 2019


Merry Christmas Anita, Richard, E and Danny. Much love and hugs the Harry's x

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Dec 21, 2019


I hope Danny has a great future ahead of him, good luck with your treatment x

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Dec 17, 2019


Bens cake sale ?


Donation summary

Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 6,869.87
Direct donations


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