A brave man who was twice warned he was about to die by doctors and survived a shocking cancer diagnosis is now being given ‘about two years to live’.
Danny de Brabander has repeatedly fought for his life after battling cancer, heart problems and sepsis for the past three years.
The 41-year-old’s family were called to say their final goodbyes in March 2019 after a tear in his gut – caused during cancer surgery – saw him develop a life-threatening infection.
But he defied the odds and survived only to find that his grade 4 bowel cancer had spread to the lining of his stomach, the liverpool echo reports.
Doctors gave him a life expectancy of six months, which turned out to be wrong when he was declared disease-free in May 2021, but sadly the cancer has now returned.
Danny, who has now been told he has “about two years left” with his family, is not focusing on the doctor’s predictions.
He said: “Someone once told my family that I wouldn’t be doing the party. They told me I wouldn’t make it six months, but I’m still here three years later.
“These estimates are just a number to me at this point. They don’t mean anything and they’re here to be proven wrong, really.”
Instead, he said he was going to focus on his fundraising work, which he used to keep his mind “occupied” with hospital appointments and worry.
“His logic is that he can either worry and do nothing or use the rest of his time on Earth for good and really touch people’s hearts.
So far, through his work with the fundraising group originally set up by his friends to help him with his early cancer therapies, he has helped raise £80,000 and more.
He said: “It gives me a lot of focus and that’s a positive thing, it gives me a little justification for why what’s happening to me is happening.”
His most recent fundraising efforts are for Wirral Foodbank, and just days ago he announced the team had raised over £6,000 via a raffle, which included donations from Anthony Joshua, Liam Gallagher and Shaun Ryder.
The funding will allow the food bank to provide not only food and groceries, but also mental health support to victims of poverty.
Another way Danny is trying to help his community in his remaining uncertain time is through what he calls “acts of kindness”, inspired by the kindness of his friends, Ben Douglas, Ben Lavell and Will Davenport. who created the DDB team after his first diagnosis and who now lead the team with him.
In total, they performed 30 acts of kindness.
He said: “What we’re going to do is find someone who’s been nominated, or someone we see on social media whose situation affects us, or just someone who’s been through a tough times: maybe he had cancer or maybe he found out they have some kind of disease, so we’re going to make sure they have something to distract themselves from that situation, like a great day or we’ll take them for a meal or even go to Alton Tours.
“We will find someone who has been nominated, or someone we find on social media whose situation affects us or someone who has just gone through a difficult period: maybe they had cancer or that he learns that he has some kind of illness, then what we will do so that they have a good day or go out for a meal or go to Alton Towers.
“I think everyone needs to be nicer to each other.
“I think kindness is really underrated in the minute world.
“If everyone started caring about other people, not just themselves, I think there would be a lot to say about that and I like to think people are following my lead.
“That’s really what it’s all about for us – making someone smile when they’re going through a really tough time and I can’t even quantify the feeling I get when I see someone going out for a day and he’s having a good time after going through such a tough time.”
Danny is currently undergoing chemotherapy after being told there were no surgical alternatives left for treatment.
But despite everything, even on the treatment known to be almost entirely draining, it remains boring.
He said: “The chemotherapy is manageable. The problem is mainly fatigue, I’m doing pretty much everything I still have to do, so I can’t complain.”
To follow Danny’s fundraising story, you can do so by visiting them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Team.DDB
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