Happily-Hungry-LifeBridge Health website

Danielle Cook’s son was only 11 years old when he was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system.

“There was a huge sense of powerlessness and great sadness,” remembers Cook, a mother of three who worked for years doing cooking demonstrations in the Washington, D.C., area.

Cook, who now also works as a holistic nutritionist, knew there would be comfort —and healing— in food.

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After months of making special recipes for her son who felt sick with little appetite, she saw the boy go from a “worn, depressed, tired kid to a healthy adolescent,” she says.

Drawing from her experience, she founded Happily Hungry, a program that consists of cooking and workshops for hospitalized kids and their families who are battling cancer and other illnesses.

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Cook also published a cookbook, aptly named “Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes For Kids With Cancer,” which is full of nutritional tips, helpful photos and kid-friendly recipes—a “roadmap for healthy eating choices during cancer.”

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