Danny, a seven-year-old boy, died at home after a cancer battle, surrounded by his family. Let’s see Danny Norris’s cancer story and his cause of death in detail.
How did Danny Norris die?
Danny Norris, the seven-year-old kid who won the hearts of people in south Tipperary, west Waterford, and across the country during his cancer fight, has died.
He died quietly on Friday morning, surrounded by his loved ones, at his house in Glasha, which is located between Ballymacarbry and Clonmel. His death has caused tremendous pain in the Ballymacarbry and Newcastle communities, with thoughts and prayers being sent to his bereaved parents Lisa and Lar, as well as his two siblings Charlie and Shay.
Danny went home from Crumlin last Friday for palliative care in his own house after his parents won a struggle with the HSE to secure palliative care for Danny in his own home.
In early November, the family rejected such home care for Danny, and they hoped that he comes home to be surrounded by his beloved family in his final days.
Lisa and Lar bravely came up before his death about the need for the pediatric palliative care service, which was discontinued in 2017, to be reinstated for families in need. The Norris family stated that they did not want any other family to go through the anguish of fighting for such care.
Following Danny’s death, Michael J Ryan, Principal of Ballymacarbry National School, where Danny was a student, released the statement.
“We discovered this morning that Danny Norris, one of our current students, died, which is a tragic loss for his family, our school, and our community.” Our hearts go out to Danny’s family, which includes his mother Lisa, father Lar, brothers Charlie and Shay, as well as extended family and friends. Danny was a Rang 1 student who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Danny was a cheerful, kind-hearted young man who enjoyed school and socializing.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his fondness for pandas, turtles, and his numerous friends. We have contacted Danny’s parents and assured them of our continued support in the coming days and weeks.
National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) psychologists and our priest Fr Michael Toomey have been with us today, advising instructors on how to support our students through this tough time.
In Danny’s honor and memory, our school will be open tomorrow between 2 and 4 p.m. for people to congregate and share their tales and memories of Danny in the school he loved. Danny, I love you.”
Danny Norris diagnosed with Neuroblastoma
Danny Norris is six years old, bright, bubbly, and full of mischief. He has diagnosed with Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma in July 2020.
Neuroblastoma is a malignancy of the sympathetic nervous system, with tumors most commonly found in the adrenal glands or the abdomen. Every year, roughly 7 to 10 children in Ireland are diagnosed with this rare and aggressive form of pediatric cancer.
High-Risk Neuroblastoma has a recurrence rate of 60% when first diagnosed. If the condition recurs, successful treatment becomes considerably more difficult. Unfortunately, survival chances for children who relapse are poor, less than 10%, a sobering number.
What is Neuroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma is a tumor that arises from immature nerve cells found throughout the body. Neuroblastoma most typically develops in and around the adrenal glands, which have nerve cell origins and reside atop the kidneys.
Neuroblastoma, on the other hand, can form in different places of the abdomen, as well as the chest, neck, and around the spine, where groupings of nerve cells reside.
Neuroblastoma is most frequent in children aged 5 and under, while it can develop in older children as well. Some types of neuroblastoma resolve on their own, whilst others may necessitate several treatments.
Danny’s Painful journey
As a result, we are requesting funds for additional treatment to maintain Danny in remission once all frontline treatment in Ireland has been completed. Danny developed a tumor on the left side of his belly that engulfed his left kidney and adrenal glands at first.
Danny has had 12 rounds of chemotherapy, a nephrectomy (to remove his kidney), high-dose chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, 7 nights in ICU due to high-dose chemo complications, 23 rounds of radiotherapy, and numerous bone marrow aspirates, blood transfusions, and other medical procedures, scans, feeding tubes, and so on (all during a global pandemic).
Danny has received the best medical care and intense therapy possible in Ireland and has fought valiantly every step of the way. His oncologist and the entire staff at St. John’s Ward Crumlin, as well as the Paediatric Ward at Tipperary University Hospital, have provided him with outstanding care. We will be eternally grateful for their assistance and support, as well as the compassion they have shown Danny and our family.
Danny, on the other hand, is now in the final step of his frontline treatment plan in Crumlin – immunotherapy, which he will complete by early 2022. Once this is accomplished, Danny will need to travel overseas for more therapy to offer him the best chance of survival.
Danny’s parents raising funds
We, Danny’s parents, are requesting your assistance in raising the necessary monies so that he can participate in a Bivalent Vaccine study at Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital (MSK) in New York. The vaccine is intended to lessen the likelihood of Danny’s Neuroblastoma recurring. This innovative treatment is currently unavailable in Ireland.
MSK researchers have pioneered innovative approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment. They have one of the most active cancer research programs in the world. The following are some major points about the latest vaccine trial: NCT04936529 – Phase II Vaccine Trial “A Phase II study of a Bivalent Vaccine with the Immunological Adjuvant OPT-821 (QS-21) in Combination with Oral -glucan, and Randomization of GM-CSF for High-Risk Neuroblastoma”
The new trial is now enrolling participants and will last 5 years. Danny, if eligible, would receive 14 vaccination injections: 7 in year 1, 4 in year 2, and 1 in years 3, 4, and 5.
Norris’s struggle since his diagnosis
Danny’s life has changed considerably since his diagnosis; a normal day consists of blood pressure checks, medicine, injections, blood tests, and transfusions.
Danny had agony and discomfort, as well as all of the usual side effects of chemotherapy, yet he rarely complained. He’s a real trooper, taking each day and each new difficulty in stride.
We couldn’t be more proud of Danny and his two older siblings, Charlie, 10, and Shay, 8. The periods of protracted and unexpected separation have been especially tough for all three boys, and the high levels of uncertainty they now confront daily have been quite an adjustment for them all.
Nonetheless, they continue to love, care for (and quarrel) as only brothers can. They enjoy playing LEGO together, and PlayStation is another favorite. Danny enjoys reading and coloring, and his favorite animals are Pandas and Turtles. For any hospital trips or appointments, he will always carry a soft toy either under his arm.
Every day, Danny demonstrates incredible courage and character strength. His loud laugh and cheerful face helped us all get through some difficult days. To us, he’s a little star, and we couldn’t be happier for Danny and his brothers.
Danny still faces a difficult battle ahead of him, with multiple medical mountains to overcome. We, as his parents, are dedicated to providing him with the best possible chance of beating cancer once and for all. Your help is greatly appreciated, and we would be happy if you could share our campaign with your family, friends, and colleagues.
November 23, 2022
Just to let everybody know, Danny, Goomie & the gang are out of ICU and back in the ward. Thanks so much to everyone for all the well wishes, messages, prayers, candles, etc. It means a lot. Fingers crossed Danny will continue to make good progress in the coming days
Heartfelt Condolences to Little Angel Danny Norris
DANNY NORRIS RIP. It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we in the parish learned today of the death of our little blue hero, Danny Norris. Danny died peacefully at home this morning, surrounded by his beloved parents, Lisa and Lar, his big brothers, Charlie, and Shay, his grandparents, family and friends, and of course, his beloved, Panda.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, brothers, and family at this very sad and difficult time. Our prayers are also with Danny‘s friends in Ballymacarbry National School, his teachers, and so many people whose lives have been touched by this remarkable seven-year-old. Funeral details will be made available later. May he rest in peace. Amen
Little pet, with such a beautiful smile. He sympathizes with all his family & friends, but happy for them he was at home tucked up in his bed.
RIP Danny.My deepest sympathy to your family, friends, carers, and all who mourn you.
Oh that’s so sad, a lovely little boy was gone to join the angles may he rest in peace amen condolences to his family and friends please god help them
Rest in peace Danny, sympathize with your family, friends, and carers
So sorry for little Danny’s family. Fly high with the angels little Danny.
Sympathy to his family he will be your guiding light.
Rest In Peace Danny sincere condolences to all his family and friends at this very sad time xx
Rest in eternal peace Danny. All your suffering has ended. To his devoted family, you have your own special Angel in Heaven.
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