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The family and friends of Daniel Atkinson are uniting to raise money to help with his battle with cancer. Please show your support.

Dan Atkinson is a resident of Oswego, NY. Dan is 49. He has been married to his wife Mari for 25 years this August. They have 5 children; Terra, Danny, Karyn, Kassidy & Mari, and 3 young grand children; Savannah, Kamryn & Sophia.

Dan is a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, babysitter, house keeper, mediator, dish washer, cook, "taxi" driver, mechanic....Seriously this list could go on and on. Dan is a guy, that if he likes you, be certain he will tease and make fun of you. Its all in good fun and he will take it just as much as he gives it. This is a man, that would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. This family as a whole would do anything they could to help another person.

Did you know Dan is the self-proclaimed "Sexiest bass player EVER?" One thing he loves to do is play RockBand. There's never a dull moment when everyone is sitting around the kitchen table, hearing stories of Dan's younger days, and all the shenanigans he and his friends pulled. Some of you know all about those days. Dan's a good listener too, you can talk to him about anything, he doesn't judge, and always good for his "two-sense" whether you take it or leave it.

Around the beginning of May Dan wasn't feeling himself and was having trouble keeping food down, and with much reservation, Mari got him to go to the doctors, test were run and the the diagnoses was the last thing anyone wants to hear. He was diagnosed cancer. Of course he was angry, sad, worried, and a million other emotions but don't feel sorry for him, that's the last thing he wants. Dan is battling stage 4 esophageal cancer, the cancer is also in the stomach, 1 lymph node and in a few bones in the rib area. Dan's doctors are hitting this cancer hard with radiation and chemotherapy. Giving Dan treatment 5 days a week, with radiation treatments M-F and chemotherapy every Wednesday.

Dan and his family just celebrated his 49th birthday, he was in chemotherapy all day for his birthday. It didn't bother him at all since he loves the staff at the hospital, keeping them on their toes. Oh and I cant forget the candy dish. :D Dan has remained positive and spirits high, determined to beat this cancer. Friends & Family visiting at home or at the hospital, with grocery's of things Dan can eat, or to tell him they love him, and doing anything they can to help, also staying positive and supportive.

On July 15, 2012, Dan's Friends & Family have come together to organize a Chicken BBQ Benefit at the Fulton Moose Lodge#1280 3044 County Rt 57, Fulton, NY 13069 to help raise money for Dan's insane medical costs. Promoting it with lots of great prizes, raffles and 50/50 and live entertainment! One special guest in particular Kevin B Klein, is a singer/song writer from Michigan. While looking for a particular song, Dan came across Kevin's YouTube video's. Giving him and his family a good laugh during this difficult time. Kevin was so moved that his YouTube videos made Dan laugh, and brought the family even closer together, that he is making the 10 1/2 hour hike to perform at the BBQ Benefit.

Those of you asking "How can I help?" "What can I do?" Maybe you cant make it to the benefit?, This is a fund started with the help of a safe and secure place for Friends & Family to make donations with the unexpected and overwhelming medical costs and related expenses in this fight in becoming cancer free. We have set a goal to raise $5,000. Remember, no amount is too small and we are deeply grateful for your contribution.

**UPDATE** On June 13, 20212 Dan gets to take a break because it was his last chemo visit for a few weeks, radiation finishes up as well this week. Doctor's will take some more tests and scans to see how things are progressing with treatments.

The financial burden has been over whelming, far beyond what anyone would expect. The funds will be used for Dan's medical costs and related expenses not covered by insurance.
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