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, June 10, 2011

Enough time off and back to work...

After two weeks back in Colorado, I think for the first time ever I was actually anxious and excited to get back from leave. I guess that being able to get up walking again will do that. Not that being back home (sorta??) wasn't great. Started the trip having a chance to see my brother graduate high school and turn 18, in turn just making me feel old. Bookending the trip was Danielathon, which turned out to be a great time. Thanks to Caitlin and all the other that help make it such a good time. It was great seeing everyone, even if i didn't have near enough time to spend individually (next time I guess). Even in the chaos of my family packing up a house around me I managed to relax a little bit.
However once back into San Diego, it was straight back to appointments this week, and a long week it was. Looking forward to a great deal of time walking,with my sockets fitting well, and no other priorities I got my first full week in. Both prosthetics and physical therapy had me doing endless laps in the parallel bars and with solo-step (basically strapping me in a harness and attaching it to the ceiling). I still barely know what i'm doing, and every muscle in my body is burningly sore. Nevertheless it felt unbelievable to be up and working on it. Not that the week was without difficulty, I did manage to have a hell of time going through methadone withdrawals. It is a necessary evil, but definitely a made for a rough week (for evidence ask Aaron or my dad). Of course adding to the pain was watching the Canucks lose Games 3 and 4. But at least the Game 5 win matched my better mood nearing the end of thee week, now if could just forget my body is aching I'd be good.

Everything-Must-Go Garage Sale

This weekend will complete the Riley's move to San Diego. Tomorrow (Sat. June 11th; 7am-2pm) will be the one-day Everything-Must-Go Garage Sale at the house (7613 W. Quarto Ave., Littleton, CO, 80128). Then drop off leftovers to Goodwill and then load a second truck with remaining items going to the apartment in San Diego. We leave Sunday afternoon to drive the 1100+ miles.

We are expecting, and excited about, a special guest that may come by the garage sale and wish us well on our adventure.

We are all exhausted from sorting, packing, and loading. We look forward to being together as a family again.

We are also looking forward to seeing our son, Tristan, who graduates from US Marine bootcamp (at MCRD, San Diego) in a week! on June 17th! Pray for the successful completion of The Crucible this weekend!


ps - we are moving into a small one-bedroom apartment near Daniel's.
Neil & Julia Riley
2488 Hilton Head Place
Apt 1119
El Cajon, CA