Move Me Monday Storyteller: Kyle Daniel
Updated: Sep 21, 2018
Thank you to Kyle for sharing your story with us. We're excited for the first #MoveMeMonday tomorrow!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Kyle Daniel and I am the Founder of The Linda W. Daniel Foundation. I’m married to my beautiful wife Laura and we have two small children, Luke who just turned four and CC who will turn two in November. I love spending time with my family and am definitely a softy when it comes to the kids. I enjoy being outdoors, especially fly fishing and running. We currently live in Greenwich, Connecticut where I work for an investment advisor. 2. When did your fight with cancer start? Honestly, I’m not sure. Personally, I have never been diagnosed with cancer, but, like so many others cancer has had a tremendous influence on my life. I suppose my fight really began after my mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma when I was in high school. I didn’t know it at the time, but within a few years my mother would lose her fight and our lives would be forever changed. 3. How has your experience with cancer impacted you? D.G. Myers, who unfortunately passed away from prostate cancer, once said, “Cancer may be a death sentence, but there are many ways to read the sentence. Resignation is only one of them, and a particularly arrogant one at that, because it presumes to know, as it cannot, the outcome in every detail.”
It’s hard to find and experience in my life since I was a teenager that hasn’t been impacted. My mother lost her fight shortly before I graduated high school and I decided, for a variety of reasons, to attend Otterbein College and live at home to start. It was obviously a tough time for my entire family, especially my father, and we’re all different people because of it. After watching my mother wake up everyday and literally make every effort to beat cancer I have a sincere appreciation for my life and am so very grateful for my family and friends. I’ll never know for sure, but if she hadn’t passed I honestly don’t think I would have moved to New York City which would mean I wouldn’t have married Laura…Wow, how different my life would be.
4. How are you going to ACT / bring the fight to Cancer today? I started The Linda W. Daniel Foundation to not only honor my mother, but to help people bring the fight to cancer. I truly believe every day is an opportunity to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. There is so much we can do to support each other and influence our chances of developing certain types of cancer, and I want to lead by example. I hope to empower people through education, awareness, and most importantly, by challenging the athlete in all of us to fight cancer today. While a commitment to prevention isn’t a guarantee, every step we take is a step in the right direction!