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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.


Donna Stevenson signed Danny's Guestbook.

Danny, I just read your latest update, and it sounds like your on your way to camp. I will keep you in my prayers while you are away. My prayer will be that you are able ... Read more

Megan Gallipeau signed Danny's Guestbook.

Hi Danny, It's Megan from grammar. I wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers, and I had a mass said for you last weekend. Have fun at camp. I will write again soon. Read more

K D signed Danny's Guestbook.

Hey Danny! You are so amazing! If anyone can get through this you can. You have such a strong faith, which is going to get you very far. Have fun at camp!!!! I'm thinking ... Read more

Elizabeth Dornay signed Danny's Guestbook.

Hi Danny, Great job at soccer on Monday!!! I'm having fun with your crazy sister Tessa right now.I'll see you later. Read more

rick fersch signed Danny's Guestbook.

Robin, Dave and family - Thank you for keeping us informed on this long yet critical family journey! Please know that you are in our prayers and daily masses here at the ... Read more

Kathy Madden signed Danny's Guestbook.

Hi Danny, We were so glad to hear that you are home. You are an insperation. I am sure you are having a hard time remembering Manson because you were little when you ... Read more

Mary Lynn Kenary signed Danny's Guestbook.

Thank you, Robin for sharing your experience and words of wisdom. God works in mysterious ways, it seems especially so in times of pain. You've just shown us all that He ... Read more

David Jones posted a new journal entry.

Here is an update on Danny’s recovery. One of the biggest hurdles he is overcoming right now is coming off of most of his pain meds. Our goal is to help him slowly get ... Read more

Peggy Parietti signed Danny's Guestbook.

Dear Robin and David, What beautiful words, Robin, for all of us. You are truly a remarkable mother with most remarkable husband and children. It has been very humbling ... Read more

David Jones posted a new journal entry.

Robin wrote this note a while ago, but it never got posted until now. I think they are beautiful, inspiring words deeply rooted in our experience and faith journey, and ... Read more

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