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Dan had a passionate lens in viewing the world. The first signs of his illness came after a long 48-hour hike to the very bottom and very top of the Grand Canyon in late July 2012. After stage 4 esophageal cancer diagnosis, Dan graciously fought the disease for 13 months, comforting those around him and smiling through every treatment. With daily effervescence and insatiable kindness, he worked at Niles North High School as an AP English teacher and head boys’ Cross Country and Track and Field coach.