Danielle Enberg – Celebrating 20 years of Being Cancer FREE!

Last Sunday I shared a beautiful day with a beautiful young woman, Danielle Enberg. I first met Danielle when I was Miss Saint Cloud, competing for Miss Minnesota International in March of 2012. Her story stopped me in my tracks. This brave girl has battled and advocated for childhood cancer and childhood cancer research almost her whole life.
She was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor 12 days before her first birthday. When most signs of this type of tumor are obvious like abdominal pain and blood in urine, Danielle had none of these symptoms. What she did have was simple common ear infection. After a few weeks, doctors noticed her enlarged liver and she was immediately rushed to Mercy hospital. Wilms Tumor is a very rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer most often found in children under the age of five.

After many medical interventions, extensive surgeries, and treatments Danielle, myself and one of our Minnesota pageant sisters, Abigale Bodine, celebrated this very special day with her, being cancer FREE for the past 20 years. How fabulous is that? Danielle is one of the strongest and most inspirational young women I have ever met. I am so proud of her. She is truly a blessed soul. God has certainly turned her pain into purpose and now she can help encourage other young children battling cancer like she once did. She works vigorously to inform and educate as well as raise funds for childhood cancer research.

I was so honored when she asked me to present her with her 2013 crown and banner. After spending the afternoon with Danielle’s friends and family and watching adorable videos of all her dance recitals through the years, I left knowing that she is truly what this pageant system is all about, giving women a place to showcase their incredible accomplishments and spotlight their personal passion and mission. She will compete at Miss Minnesota International 2013. Follow along to watch her journey and keep up with her latest accomplishments at http://misswrightcounty2011.weebly.com/index.html

Thank you for letting me a part of your special day Danielle.
XOXO and all my love,

Krista Wanous
Miss International 2012


  1. What a nice tribute to a sweet, accomplished young lady! I am blessed to have known Danielle thru dance (my daughter was a dance teammate of hers). It is so fun to have have had the opportunity to watch her grow up over the years. I have also been able to act as her portrait photographer. Danielle is a beautiful girl--inside and out, and I am sure it means alot to her that you were able to help celebrate her special day!~Lisa Risser


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