San Antonio teen named Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year

Daniel Edelen has raised nearly $500,000 for others

SAN ANTONIO - Daniel Edelen was diagnosed with High Risk T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at a young age.

Now at age 16, he's a cancer survivor and was just recently named this year's Leukemia Lymphoma's Man of the Year.

That's because in just 10 weeks, he raised close to half a million dollars. His father said it was his son’s mission was to help others.

Chris Edelen and his wife are so proud of their son. They say Daniel, who is going to be a junior at Churchill High school in the fall, held several dinners, silent auctions, and raffles to raise the money. His dad said they received donations from 33 states.

"People who their children or grandchildren or their spouse was battling cancer and what a blessing and what a hopeful sign it was to see Daniel so healthy and being involved," said Chris Edelen, Daniel’s father.

Daniel has been cancer free now for 6 years. He said the money he has raised won't only go towards helping people with cancer, but to also go towards cancer research.

"Some people can't even afford to get to the hospital so some of it is to help with that, and other people can't afford to take their kids , so they just won't get treatment, so a lot of it is for that , " said Daniel Edelen.

For the South Central Texas Leukemia and Lymphoma Society , Chapter 11 candidates raised a record setting $1.2 million this year.

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