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Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Hardgrove

Daniel Hardgrove

Volunteer Daniel Hardgrove first heard about Project Sunshine when his company, BNP Paribas, hosted a volunteer event at his office. For Daniel, Project Sunshine´s mission to relieve anxiety that children feel when facing medical challenges, was especially meaningful for him because of his experience going in and out of hospitals. Daniel, a two-time cancer survivor, could see the benefits of Project Sunshine�s programs. "Between surgeries and radiation therapy I have spent a lot of time being treated in hospitals,� Daniel explained, "I thought it must be so much harder for a child to be in a hospital and I wanted to help out in any way that I could."

Daniel has participated in several other programs after his initial volunteer experience at BNP Paribas. This past fall, he participated in a program with artist Mark LaRiviere making clay animal sculptures and "environments" for the animals with children at a local clinic. Dan´s focus was to let the children tell a story through their animals. He was so patient and kind that he was able to help bring out their creativity. More recently, Daniel helped make special family craft kits for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

"My most memorable moment was helping a young girl make a dinosaur. I watched how she smiled when we all complimented her when she was finished. We even were able to get their mothers involved in making animals. Yes I will always remember their smiles of accomplishment."

Daniel Hardgrove
Corporate Project Sunshine Volunteer

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club