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Danny’s Story

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This is a Story about Danny Betz our awesome, son, brother, nephew and friend.

He was badly burned lighting a campfire for a Family Party Saturday June 21st.

He just turned 15 and was suppose to start driving school today as a matter of fact.

Here are the facts to the best of my knowledge. Danny was making a fire for the kids to roast marshmallows. He is skilled at this and was following protocol. He was using white gas or, ‘girl scout juice’ as I have heard the Betz boys call it. For whatever reasons, it blew back up into his face. He has 15% of his upper body burnt including his ears, neck, chest, face etc.

The kids hollered that Danny was burnt. He was screaming ‘make it stop, get me help.’ David yelled to get the van keys. I felt we needed 911. Danny yelled ‘no, it’ll take too long.’ I was nervous and hung up on the 911 dispatcher. David was moving rapidly but the Holy spirit gave me the foresight to yell for the homeopathic remedies and burn solution to get to Danny; we threw it in the van and David drove away. We were expecting 50 people for our family reunion and I didn’t even think to get into the van. I called 911 right back and told them I felt Danny needed more care than the urgent care clinic that my husband was heading to in Issaquah. I asked them if they would intercept our van and take him where ever was best. We picked a meeting point and I was able to get a hold of David. As I was doing this the rest of the family was on their knees praying the rosary and asking God to give me a clear head to make the right choices. Tony drove me to meet up with David’s van and we both drove to Harborview together…trusting everything would work out at home.

We prayed and asked God to bless the medical people and bless our efforts to do all we could to make good choices with our words and our time. We started calling for help and prayers. Thank you to each of you for your efforts to get help to us and to contact a priest and the Stevenson’s. I was met in the hospital lobby by Dan Stevenson and Fr. Rob – this brought me peace and direction. Fr. Rob ( we met him almost 20 years ago when he was a deacon; what a reunion this was.) prayed with us and blessed Danny. At that point Danny was not allowed to be anointed due to risk of infection and his open wounds. By the time Fr. Rob was ready to leave Fr. Maurice arrived and again, prayed with us and offered encouragement and the promise of many prayers from our parish. At a time when one feels they can do nothing; the comfort of friends, especially priests, nearby brings awesome consolation and peace. Thank you.

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From Robin:

It’s been many weeks since the burn accident. Danny, and we, as a family have been through many trials and joys…some of us more than others. We’ve each moved through the aftermath of the accident in many different ways and I think we are all growing closer to God and to each other because of it. Several people farther removed from our family have also shared personal growth from this experience, a great thing. As hard as this has been to recover from, I have felt a continued peace that we have ALL, including most of YOU, done everything that God would expect, therefore I have felt a strong sense that all will turn out for the best. This is not to say that I have not had some pretty draining days, but amidst these times I have truly felt the tug to pray, to step back and to count my blessings. I have worked towards this ability all of my life, so I thank God for this opportunity to finally begin to master it. (Watch what you pray for right!) Additionally, I’ll walk to my freezer and realize I have a meal saved in there from one of you for a day just such as this to make my life a little easier. This realization then starts a myriad of reminders of how cared for we are ultimately by God, but through each one of you. I am reminded often of the many generous acts of kindness that has been showered upon us.

Danny’s camp experience was a huge success. He was gone for an entire week filled with fun activities, good food and dedicated people. The main goal of the camp was to show all of these victims of serious burn injuries a ‘fun’ time to make up for the lost time, and to bond with other kids (and adult burn victims who are also counselors) having gone through burn accidents. He plans to return next year.

We also want to share the news of our baby, Esther. God gave to us a child - gifted this baby to us to love and to carry for a short time here on earth. August 4th will be a day we remember as the small miraculous creation passed from my womb for us to hold and to look at in amazement. As the sun rose that day and its rays shone onto the tiny miracle, May Grace included, looked in awe at the tiny formation we named Esther, her younger sibling. We cherished the moments to just be – something we were not as fortunate to have when losing Seth. Again, we have so much to be humbly thank God for. Esther was buried in a Catholic cemetery in Seattle on 8/13.

St. Esther and St. Seth bring our prayers and petitions to Jesus.

From Danny:

Thanks again everyone for all the prayers and support. I am continuing to recover and I am almost back to normal. I went back packing last week and had a great time with my dad, my uncle, and my brothers. I am also playing soccer this fall and have started practicing with my team. My only issues have been intense itchiness and blisters as the new skin heals. I protect the new skin by staying out of the sun and using lots of sun block.