As an infant, doctors said Daniel Colaner’s chances of surviving cancer were very slim.
He had been diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma and went through several rounds of chemotherapy and surgery over the years, ABC News reports. To keep his brain developing, doctors recommended that Daniel begin playing music as a young boy. With that, piano became part of his recovery.
As the years passed and Daniel’s illness waned, his music skills grew. Over the weekend, the now-12-year-old prodigy performed Chopin’s “Fantaisie Impropmtu” at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall.
“Really, it was just absolutely incredible,” he said during an appearance on Good Morning America. “Just the piano was magnificent, much better than my upright at home. The acoustics were amazing. Everything just came together, beautifully.”
Daniel was just 6 months old when he was diagnosed with the illness, and doctors said he had a 25 percent chance of surviving.
“Chemotherapy is both a blessing and a curse, and in very small children at 6 months old, they basically bring you to the point of death and hope that they kill all of the bad cells and leave enough of the good ones for you to recover,” Daniel’s mother, Marie, told GMA.
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Daniel’s cancer is now in remission and he has suffered no cognitive delays as a result of his treatment, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. In fact, Daniel is a gifted student who began reading at the age of 3.
He practices the piano and the organ a total of four hours a week each day, according to the Journal. Along with his Carnegie Hall debut, he played the organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
“It’s just little miracle after little miracle,” Daniel told the publication. “It’s really a blessing that I’ve gotten to this point. I just never imagined this happening.”