Dalton's Moon Foundation
The Dalton’s Moon Foundation is a tribute to the enduring memory of Dalton Luke Levine. Dalton was born on June 8, 1998 to his adoring parents Karen and Gary Levine. Early on it was clear that Dalton loved music and had a gift for the performing arts. He started dance lessons at the tender age of four and violin lessons at the age of five. He went on to become a competitive dancer and accomplished violinist.
On September 11, 2014, at age sixteen, Dalton was diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC), a very rare and aggressive cancer of the adrenal gland. He battled valiantly through six surgeries, more than twenty rounds of chemo and radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and a clinical trial of an experimental drug. He was freed from his ordeal on December 13, 2016, at age eighteen.
Dalton was an excellent student and graduated on time and with honors from Legend High School in Parker CO, despite the intense rigors of his treatments. His high school advisor said of him, “He had a positivity about him that you wouldn’t expect from someone his age. His legacy of positivity, not looking at the small stuff and caring for others will live on in the school.” He was a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. Wanting to stay in Colorado and be close to his medical team, he applied to five universities and was offered scholarships to all of them. He chose to enroll at the University of Colorado – Boulder as a computer science major, with plans of going on to medical school and becoming a pediatrician. Unfortunately his life was cut short before he could attend CU.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we have contributed $40,000 to our selected beneficiaries in just two years. They include:
- Children’s Hospital Colorado – Oncology Department $15,000
- 15 Scholarships to Local High School Students Totaling $15,000
- Dancers Against Cancer $6,000
- Miscellaneous Charities $4,000
Dalton loved his life and it showed. He was all about family and friends. He dearly loved his extended family and his many friends, to whom he was fiercely loyal. He also cherished his medical team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. How many doctors would give a patient their personal cell phone number? Dalton had them all. He had a way of finding his way into your heart, whether you wanted him to or not.
A generous, smart, vivacious, passionate and funny young man, Dalton inspired people. He loved to laugh and especially to make others laugh. Dalton was always polite and truly thankful to his caregivers. As he was getting prepped for one of his major surgeries, an operating nurse called us and said she had never seen such an amazing young man and that he said “thank you” to everyone in the ER that was working on getting him ready for his surgery. Dalton never let his illness define him. He carried on with his life despite the great challenges of his disease, and found a reason to smile every day. He was strong, courageous and compassionate to the very end.
Dalton believed strongly in giving back to his community and helping those in need. We established this memorial fund with the hope of honoring his memory and providing both an annual scholarship for a Legend High School student who exemplifies the same qualities and passion for learning and helping others that Dalton did, and support to professionals who care for pediatric cancer patients or are engaged in cancer research. More information will follow soon regarding fundraisers and distribution of awards.
- Sue Provan
- Karen Levine
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
Dalton’s Moon Foundation
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.