The family and friends of Cpl. Daniel C. W. Riley, USMC, welcome you to join in as we celebrate and support the life of an incredible young man, friend, son, and brother. It is with great love and with many prayers we know that Daniel will move on to great and wonderful things. God has big plans for him! Daniel was born in Victoria, BC, Canada. In 1999 his family (Dad, Mum, brothers Tristan and Aaron, & sister Elizabeth, & cat) moved to Denver, Colorado, where his dad began working for the Episcopal Church in Colorado overseeing work with children, youth, and young adults. Daniel started high school in 1999 at Columbine High School. After three years at CHS he finished his high school at Brentwood College in Canada in 2004. After which he did some college and worked in the US and Canada. Daniel enlisted (still a Canadian citizen) in US Marine Corps in 2008 to serve his new country and to help pay for a future college education. On July 4, 2009 Daniel swore in as a US citizen before the Vice-President in Sadam Hussein's old palace in Bagdad, Iraq. In September 2010 he was sent as a combat replacement for the 2/6 Marines in Marjah, Afghanistan. On December 16, 2010, Daniel was severely wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He primarily suffered severe wounds to his legs, left arm, and left lung. There were many times he was close to not making it. He has since had both legs amputated above the knee and three fingers amputated on his left hand. His lung and other injuries are healing well. Before this event and for many years to come, we know Daniel to be a loving, caring, intellegent, humourous, giving, adventurous, and deep thinking person. Keep praying! And use this blog to share your thoughts and encouragement.

Friday, March 4, 2011


March 3rd marked a huge milestone in Daniel's recovery ..... up and walking for the first time.  Yah!


  1. LOVE THIS!!!!! Had to have felt good to be moving like this! This post made my day!!!!! Keep up the good work Daniel (and Dad!) Blessings!

  2. Fabulous! Prayers continue to be for your family!

  3. Wow, you're moving right along! Keep up the good work, dude.

  4. So cool! Way to go Daniel!

    Thanks for the great updates...my family is enjoying following Daniel's progress and hearing how things are going...and thank you for your honesty when things aren't great! We will continue to pray for you both!

  5. This is awesome! Great start to my day seeing this. Keep it up!

  6. Watching this huge improvement in recovery brought tears of happiness to my eyes.
    You're progressing so well. Congrats! Keep it up

  7. Found this sight looking for another marine on google.

    Just want to say I look up to this man. He is a difference maker and the world is a better place b/c of men like him.

    With much gratitude,

  8. I'm so proud of you Daniel. I cried like a baby but they were tears of joy! Three
    Months to your event. By then you're going to be beating everyone in all the events. Can't wait to see you soon. Love you. And your dad :)

  9. Color me 14 different shades of impressed. You go, Daniel!

  10. Amazing work, Dan!!! Must feel great to be on the way to walking again! Can't wait to see the next amazing update from you!

    So now that you're up on the stubbies, does mean you're ready for more baked goods??? ;)

  11. Daniel, you are an inspiration!!!

  12. Daniel, I have been so moved by your story. Congratulations on this great STEP toward your new life. Bryony and I send love.
    Lorraine - (Musical Theatre/Dance teacher - Brentwood College School)

  13. LCpl Riley,

    You and your family are an inspiration to all of us with your courage and sacrifice. My wife and I are members of Calvary Episcopal Church, Golden, Colorado. You are probably aware of a wonderful organization called Veterans Airlift Command (www.veteransairlift.org)which provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical/compassionate purposes. I hope that you and your family are able to make use of this fine charitable group (phone # 952-582-2911).
    Blessings and Semper Fi,

    Richard and Beth Treat
    Golden, Colorado

  14. Daniel!
    You are amazing... I am so proud of you!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The video is amazing! Sending great thoughts to you and your dad... thanks for sharing your experiences with such honesty.

    Take care,

  15. Hi Daniel and Neil
    Great video...you are amazing, Daniel...
    Every day presents a new challange I am sure...
    but you are doing it!!..am so proud of you
    this was a great way to start my day!
    hugs and prayers

  16. You're already moving faster than some of my Soldiers, and since we're army we only have to do a two mile run...

    Give 'em hell.

    LT Ground

  17. Keep making us proud brother!!

    Sgt. Fox

  18. Dear Dan,

    I just talked to Joyce in Victoria and got the URL for your blog from her. I just wanted to say all your extended family in British Columbia are cheering for you and I'll be keeping in touch and passing on your progress. We're all so proud of you.

    Best regards,

    Michael Carman
    Cloverdale, BC

  19. Semper Fi Daniel.. Bless you and thank you for helping to preserve our peace. you are in our prayers and thoughts.

  20. Hey Riles,

    It has been good following your progress. Glad to see you up and moving. Hope to get a chance to see you before I fly back to Camp Lejeune. I am in Coronado until Friday hit me up if you get a chance.

    SSgt Johnson

  21. Congratulations on your progress Daniel.

    Ron Meier
    Centennial CO
    Army Vietnam vet

  22. amazing and awesome! you are truly my hero. keep on keepin' on!
    sending all my love, bean*

  23. This is awesome to see! You might not know me, but I've been following your blog and you are still in my prayers.

    Michele Cuticchia
    (Christ Church Denver)


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