Southdale Mall is home to a locally famous cancer fighter in the Minneapolis area: Santa Dan. A 6 year veteran to the mall, Santa Dan spreads cheer to the little ones who come to share their hopes for Christmas morning suprises.
Just two years ago, Santa Dan bowed out of his role due to a cancer fight in his pancreas, bladder and lymph nodes that left him too weak to make it through the Christmas season.
This year Santa Dan did not let cancer stop him from celebrating. Taking a 3 week break from chemo, he has returned to his red suit for a limited schedule, sharing time with Santa Rick at Maplewood Mall. His last appearance will on be Christmas Eve, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. He’ll re-start his chemo on Christmas day.
Receiving his own special kind of cancer support, Santa Dan is energized by the love of the hundreds of kids who come to see him throughout the season: “I have so many people praying for me and I want to thank them for that. Absolutely, it’s what saved my life.” Keep up the fight, Santa Dan!!