‘Damn Daniel’ viral stars give back

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Courtesy Photo/LLUCH: LLUCH patient, Lilian Verdugo, 15, of Desert Hot Springs was star struck meeting “Damn Daniel” stars March 9.

Internet sensations Daniel Lara and Joshua Holz, the duo better known as “Damn Daniel!” used their newly found fame for good recently and showed local teens that it’s better to give than to receive.

The Riverside Poly High School students who rose to social media stardom last month after a video in which Holz repeatedly exclaims “Damn, Daniel!” regarding Lara’s stylish wardrobe —particularly a pair of white Vans sneakers — went viral, visited Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital March 9, bringing with them dozens of pairs of Vans to give away to teen patients ages 13-17. The viral video stars signed the shoes, shoe boxes and visited with patients.

Lilian Verdugo, 15, of Desert Hot Springs was one of those patients, admitting to be a little “star struck,” she said, in a news release. “It’s a little crazy,” she said, of how the boys earned their fame.

In addition to the sneakers, the boys also brought Vans swag including T-shirts, stickers and bandanas, courtesy of Vans® shoe VP, Steve Van Doren.

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