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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hand-cycling highlighted in the local news

Daniel was one of the injured Marines featured on a local news channel.  A story was done about a group of the marines who gather every Tuesday to go hand-cycling.  Daniel and a few others are training to cycle the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, in the Fall.

The story can be found at http://www.10news.com/news/28675526/detail.html

*** Video is up. =)

- Dad


  1. Perhaps a trip to DC is in order! You keep amazing me Dan.

  2. I watched the video. Daniel you are quite incredible and I hope you know it. Your progress is mindboggling and speaks to a very strong spirit. God bless, Diane Grisdale

  3. So very exciting! We will be there to cheer you on!


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