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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Back on my feet again!

May 17, 2011 was a HUGE day in Daniel's recovery.  He was back up and walking for the first time since December 16th!  He is now beginning his rehabilitation using his C-legs (computerized legs).

Enough said, here is the video ....

Postscript ... Daniel progressed so well on his first day with these legs they are calling him the new "benchmark."  After many laps back and forth along the bars someone said, "Wow, he's ready to do this with canes."  Another staff member replied, "No one has ever done that on their first time up."  Of course, Daniel heard this and responded, "Get me some canes!" and became the first to ever get up on their C-legs for the first time and walk with just the canes!!  More of this attitude to come.


  1. Amazing, Daniel - really, really amazing! Congrats!

  2. Such an inspiration!!! Way to go Daniel. Keep up the amazing work!

    Lynne in Utah

  3. Daniel,
    Great video...you need to think about marketing it thru the forces...you have done so well...
    truly amazing. You have worked so hard..
    Hope that you are also staring to enjoy the weather and the San Diego area. Prayers continue as we thank our Lord for his provision and His presence in your life....

  4. :-)...last post was from rainy PA today...but still celebrating the canucks
    Love, Lynn B.

  5. Congratulations Daniel, You are coming along so well, we are so happy for you!

    Blessings and prayers,
    Ken and JOan

  6. I am not surprised... you are amazing! Congratulations to you!

  7. Inspiring, courageous, perservering....awesome !
    Way to go, Dan !
    Love Terra $ Sean

  8. Fabulous progress! You are an inspiration to us all -- truly you are!

  9. Wonderful Daniel. Your attiitude and courage will take you very very far.
    Diane Grisdale

  10. Great to see you walking again Daniel. Thank you so much for your great sacrifice to our country!
    - Emily


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