If you’re a fan of the reality series Biggest Loser, you are familiar with Daniel Wright, a contestant who appeared on the eighth season of the weight loss show. Daniel passed away from leukemia at the age of 30.
According to the gofundme page, set up in 2017, Daniel was suffering from Leukemia. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2017.
“As many of you know by now, my brother, Daniel was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on October 16th. Since that day, we’ve been overwhelmed by the constant support, outreach, and overall kind words provided by our friends, family, and loved ones,” Deanna Thomas wrote on the gofundme page.
“For those of you that may not know the full story, Daniel went into the ER on October 15th with symptoms of extreme fatigue, barely being able to walk, and severe headaches. Within 24 hours of his admission, our family heard the spectrum of diagnoses that transpired from just “extreme anemia” to the final words that changed our lives forever, “leukemia”. Immediately, we were filled with shock, despair, and an overall sense of confusion.”
His wife Rebecca Meyer Wright, also a former contestant on the Biggest Loser, last updated followers on Facebook of Daniel’s condition two days before he passed.
“Yesterday, the Lord broke me down & today because of your prayers & my pleading our Lord has made me warrior strong!! I will let you know when they will be doing the procedure as soon as I know,” she wrote. “He is much more alert today but still quite foggy… Man alive this is insane & alone seems impossible but with GOD all things are possible🙌🏼🙌🏼 THANK YOU for your prayers & well wish I adore you all!!!!”
Season 8 winner and friend, Danny Cahill, took to Facebook to share his feelings.
“Yesterday the world lost a bit of its light. Daniel Wright and I met for the first time in May of 2009 on the beach in Malibu,” he began. “15 of us went to the beach that morning to begin our journey on season 8 of The Biggest Loser. Our 16th contestant was driven up to the starting position of that first 1-mile race (which he won) and out popped Daniel. ‘Hey guys!!!’ He yelled as he jogged over to us. Little did I know the effect this man would have on my life. As the picture shows, he never missed a chance to double back and encourage every soul in the fight of their lives to keep going, and ensure us we would make it. He gave me so many gifts, not only there, but in years after.”
He went on to say, “Daniel’s light has always been one of Grace, encouragement, wisdom, love and honor throughout the time I have known him. And I can honestly say that because of him I am a better man. He showed me (by example – not by telling me) how to care for others in a different way, and I thank God for being able to know this man for the 10 years I have known him. We could all learn a lesson from him how important it is to leave a mark of love on those we meet, to lay down differences and to see similarities, and to serve those around us in any way we can. I love you Daniel, I love you Rebecca, and I pray for your peace in this time of loss.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Daniel’s family and friends.