Delgado is a friend of Kew Gardens resident Kim Phelan, vice president of The Coalition For Hemophilia B. Delgado hopes to visit central Queens soon and enhance the quality of life for sick children.
Daniela's Little Wish began as a local program in Stamford, then Delgado began delivering cakes to other areas of Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Most recently, she traveled to Chicago and Arizona, and Ohio is in the works.
“I don't like to miss an opportunity to bring a cake with me for a kid,” she said
At age four, Delgado observed her parents baking a cake and drew inspiration.
“I raised my magic wand, ‘the spatula,’ and I wished that I could bake cakes for kids with life-threatening conditions or severe disabilities,” she said. “I asked my parents if they would help me, and they supported my dream since that day.”
Every cake is “made with love” at no cost to the sick children or their families.
“I ask children or their parents for their favorite character or theme, flavor, and filling,” she said, adding she also bakes cakes for fundraisers, special needs schools, and nonprofits. “Every delivery is unique. They not only open their door, but their hearts and share their sadness, worries, hopes, and happiness.”
Delgado recalled an experience with a boy in her daycare.
“He had cerebral palsy, and every day I helped him and enjoyed being with him,” she said. “I didn't like it when other kids laughed about how he walked or when I saw him alone in a corner.
That made me realize that every kid, no matter what condition or how they look, they are kids like me and deserve to be treated right,” she added.
Delgado has created a GoFundMe page to fund her efforts to become a nonprofit. The public can refer a sick child by “liking” her page at facebook.com/DanielasLittleWish.
“I want to organize events to raise funds, have workshops where we bake and decorate cakes, and travel nationwide,” Delgado said, hinting she would also like to go international with her mission. “Kids with severe illnesses or disabilities have fewer opportunities than kids in our country. They need to know that someone like them cares and they need a lot of smiles and hope, even if it comes from a birthday cake.”
The initiative is currently funded primarily by Delgado’s parents, though some donations are collected from individuals and organizations.
“My parents are very hard workers and are immigrants from Colombia and Mexico,” she said. “I am so grateful for my parents and how they are raising me, and their high values and morals for others. They are teaching me respect, equality and love for everybody and for animals and nature.”
Delgado herself has been diagnosed with von Willebrand Type 1c, a severe bleeding disorder she inherited from her mother.
“I am having a very hard time, where I bleed for three months straight, my medications are not working properly, and I am missing a lot of school,” she said. “Some days I am in such pain that I am unable to walk, but I never lose hope that someday we will find the cure.”
She has also been diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, which affects her knees and ankles, but she remains a beacon of hope and perseverance.
“My illnesses will never define who I am,” Delgado said. “I’m strong, independent, motivated, and a normal girl who has a long life ahead, and I will do everything in my power to help anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
Delgado’s humanitarian pursuits include being an advocate for her own disorder. This month, she will travel nationwide and give presentations about her disorder and teach others how to decorate cupcakes.
“I attend events to learn more about my condition, help raise funds, and speak in public about my condition,” she said.