Daniel Burke's Journal
Christmas Together, and A New Year
Written Dec 29, 2013 8:15pm by Heidi BurkeAll 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. Jackson, is our only child still at home. I am so grateful that Daniel is able to drive himself to and from school. He also spent time at "the farm" in Winchester visiting his Grandparents and catching up with his cousin from Canada, who is the same age. I think they truly enjoyed hanging out together.
This evening Michael and Daniel spent time measuring for and ordering a set of custom made arm crutches, manufactured in Canada, called Side Sticks. They come with interchangeable tips for ice and snow, and being custom-built, they will hopefully lend more stability to Daniel. I don't know why I didn't even think about looking into better types of stability devices previously, but I found two types that came recommended: Fetterman and Side Sticks. If you know of someone who will require assistive devices long-term, they may want to investigate these two manufacturers.
It would be fanastic if Daniel could return to Shepherd Center this upcoming summer for participation in a clinical trial, or even another day-type program. Would you join us in that prayer?
Thank you for always asking after Daniel when we see you, dear friends. There is a road still for him to travel, and we continue to be --
In Constant Hope,
Prayer warriors needed for another young man with spinal injury
Written Aug 10, 2013 7:49pm by Heidi BurkeTime to join in prayer for another young man, Tucker Winfey, a student at Westfield High School. He is a new C level spinal injury, and may be transferred to Shepherd Center from D.C. quite soon. Please pray for this young man, for his family, and for courage and constant hope.
Reading through his Caring Bridge, so new, has caused me to read through Daniel's Caring Bridge from the very beginning, and I have sat here weeping, praying, giving thanks, and adding supplication for Tucker and his parents. How well I remember, as I know Daniel must remember.
Daniel is still at Radford, having stayed through the summer session. He has a part-time job at Target as well. Living independently, driving, working, going to school. These are all such answered prayer. Of course, we pray every day, throughout the day, for continued healing, even after two years. Remember, there were many who met Jesus who had experienced long-term illness, blindness from birth, and lifelong paralysis; and Christ healed them. He may yet stretch out Daniel's right hand and strengthen his right side.
In Constant Hope,
Written Apr 2, 2013 9:41pm by Heidi Burke
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. Many, many "There's God" moments pass through our minds when we consider the years gone by.
Daniel drove up to Winchester from Radford this past Easter weekend to join us at his Grandparent's Burke "mini-farm" for Easter celebration I think he is walking a little better since we last saw him! It is so good to see him driving independently, and when I asked him to show me the movement ability in his right hand, I MAY have seen a little improvement (??). Continue with us in praying that God would strengthen Daniel's right side and increase his balance ability, please.
He told me tonight that he is switching his major to Business Management, from Criminal Justice.
Happy Easter to all of you, near and far! He Is Risen Indeed!
In Constant Hope,