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My Story

Thank you for visiting Daniel's CaringBridge website.  Daniel was a passenger in car accident on April 2, 2011 when he was 19. and suffered a C-4 spinal injury.  He was a cadet at Marion Military Academy in Marion, AL.On  April 19, 2011 he was transported to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA for rehabilitation after his initial surgery at UAB in Birmingham. He returned home in August of '11, after making excellent strides forward.  He is now at home, attending NOVA, walking with assistance of arm crutches, and hoping to attend college away in the Spring.  He has come so far, but he continues working in his recovery.

When Daniel was initially brought to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL, by airlift, he was placed in a "halo" device, however the neurosurgeon quickly decided to stablize his fractured C-4 spine with front and back fusion, hardware, screws etc.  He has an "incomplete" injury, which means that his spinal cord was not completely severed, thank you LORD!  He did, however, suffer spinal cord injury, which made him considered to be a quadriplegic. 

Now Daniel is at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA.  Shepherd is known for being a place where intensive therapy and cutting-edge modalities bring people with spinal cord injuries to amazing improvements.  We have seen so many things that we were initially told may never happen because of the level of his injury, now happening! 

Please continue in enthusiastic prayer for Daniel.  We are so proud of our young man's efforts and hard work.


Heidi Burke posted a new journal entry, "Christmas Together, and A New Year".

All of our young men were home to celebrate Christmas with us!  Daniel joined us from Radford, his brother, Connor drove up from USMC training in North Carolina. ... Read more

Helen Repper signed Daniel's Guestbook.

It is great to see this update! I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday together!Helen Repper Read more

Mandy and Ted Croushore signed Daniel's Guestbook.

How wonderful to have all the family together! Glad Connor was able to get back -- I wasn't sure what his commitments would be. Hopefully Daniel is enjoying his Radford ... Read more

Audrey Bigelow signed Daniel's Guestbook.

You've got it, Heidi. Can't believe it's been two years for Daniel.  Thanks for sharing! Read more

Lisa Long signed Daniel's Guestbook.

College, cars, independence. . . I am excited for Daniel and keep him (and the entire Burke family) in my prayers! May the Lord's strength and courage surround and fill ... Read more

Marcella Murphy signed Daniel's Guestbook.

Such good news to share at a time when we celebrate the best news of all - He is risen! I love hearing about Daniel's progress. Read more

Helen Repper signed Daniel's Guestbook.

(Can't believe I remembered my password!) Daniel has come so far and his independence is absolutely monumental!  It seems that Daniel is serious about finding a ... Read more

Heidi Burke posted a new journal entry, "Two Years".

Today marks two years since Daniel was injured.  Two years of being able to look back and say "There was God", even when we couldn't see Him in the moment.  ... Read more

Heidi Burke posted a new journal entry, "New Destination on the Unexpected Journey".

The sky might have been dark at 6 in the morning, but Daniel's heart must have felt quite light, as he got in his CRV to drive to Radford this morning.  Michael and I ... Read more

Heidi Burke posted a new journal entry, "Television Interview!".

Daniel had the opportunity to demonstrate the use of his Bioness on camera yesterday!  Channel WUSA 9 interview can be seen at: ... Read more

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