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Dale’s Story

Dale Stetina was involved in a car-bike accident in Lefthand Canyon on August 31, 2013. He was airlifted to Boulder Community Hospital in critical condition with a Traumatic Brain Stem Injury. He is showing signs of strong recovery but this is going to be a long road back with heavy rehabilitation. 
**** We have set up the Dale Stetina Trust fund. Please scroll over to https://rally.org/dalestetina to donate. Donations through Caringbridge dont go to Dale. Don't feel obligated to give more than a nice prayer. We are so humbled by the outpouring support so far, and it is a little embarrassing to have to promote this, but we know the world we live in; medical bills pile up fast. Plus there have been lots of questions regarding donations already. 

Latest Journal Update

Cali bound

Dale is currently riding the tandem with brother Wayne in another Ride2Recovery challenge.  They, along with Wayne’s wife Barb, started Sunday in Palo Alto CA and will finish in Los Angeles this weekend.   They are reporting a great time but are having to deal with 100 degree days.  Dale’s balance on the bike is very good but he still has vision challenges that are a cause for concern, which is why he remains on the back of a tandem instead of a single.  Surgery on the right eye in mid-October will attempt to straighten it but we’ve been told the outcome is rather unpredictable.  Although not terrible, his vision is certainly not good, so we're hoping for the best.

We have been navigating rocky waters lately as we settle into new roles with our family.  Brain injury changes a lot of things, but we are finding support from each other, friends, and local support groups.  Since Dale is more independent, Kate moved out of the home for her senior year at CU and is transitioning into an engineering graduate program.  She visits frequently and is available to help when needed.  I’ll be visiting Peter, Dy, Claire and Levi in the Bay Area this weekend.  It is Pete and Dy’s one year wedding anniversary!  This time of year brings back poignant memories as it was this weekend one year ago that Dale’s brain began to “wake up” after his accident.

Thanks you for reading and following our journey.  We’ll update after next week's surgery. 


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Donald Applegate
By Donald Applegate — last edited
You guys are in our prayers
Cindy Southway
Thank you for the update Anne. My thoughts and prayers are always with you!
Randy Profeta
By Randy Profeta — last edited
Thanks for the update. Those rocky waters will be a little less intimidating as Dale recovers and makes forward progress. The balance will improve. Hopefully Dale can get the vision issue straightened out. This is challenging work for both the survivor and the family and caregivers. You are all up to the task. This is Deja Vu. Hopefully we will have a chance to meet at some point and compare notes. That is, Dale and I and Mary Ann and you. It sounds like we have lots in common regarding this TBI thing.

Let us know how we can help.

Best always,
By David Behrman, Houston, TX
Dale and Anne,

Happy to hear recovery is still progressing. You were an inspiration to me in the early days of my affair with cycling, and now that I'm 68 (and still riding regularly) your courage in this new journey is an inspiration as well.
Suzanne Barnes
Thanks for the update. I keep all of you in my prayers.
Suzanne Barnes
Connie Carpenter
By connie carpenter
Great to hear an update Anne - let's get together some time this fall!
Go Team Stetina!