Danielle Hoult

"I don't like that I have to go through this again. It sucks," Danielle Hoult says about the return of her leukemia. "I just wish I could attend school and hang out with my friends more."

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The bone marrow of individuals with ALL makes too many immature white blood cells, which are unable to fight infection.

Before her diagnosis with ALL in October 2012, Danielle was an active preteen who had just begun middle school and was keeping busy and active with sports and musical theatre. After the 22nd month of her 30-month treatment at BC Children’s Hospital, Danielle got the heartbreaking news through a routine procedure: doctors found that she had relapsed, and had to add two-and-a-half more years to her treatment.

Words as scary as “leukemia” and “relapse” would have gotten any girl down – but not Danielle. Although some days are hard and she admits that she’s sick of treatment, Danielle maintains a fantastic attitude and continues to stay busy with her passions: musical theatre and art. Danielle hopes to attend Emily Carr University of Art and Design one day, and says she loves to be in front of a camera.

“She loves performing and hopes to be an actor one day,” says Danielle’s mother, Nadine. Spending a lot of time at the hospital also has its perks: Danielle got to meet the cast from Once Upon a Time, her favourite TV show, and other famous visitors.

Despite having undergone nearly two years of treatment and with an estimated two-and-a-half more years to go, Danielle is still a typical, outgoing teenager with a sassy attitude who keeps her parents on their toes.

Danielle’s parents Nadine and Kendall have dreams for their daughter. “I hope Danielle grows up, gets married, has children, follows her dreams, and lives to be 98 years old just like her great-grandmothers.”