Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cedarville Student Volunteer Opportunities

[this page is designed to give the CU students detailed information to volunteer for a fellow student.]

for further info and consideration, reply to: checkinondan@gmail.com

There are many opportunities to serve at Cedarville this school year. We can think of no better way to impact your life than to spend a few hours helping a fellow student.

Dan Knudsen, class of '08, sustained a high level neck injury on a MIS trip, Spring Break '07. His C2 injury resulted in the need for 24/7/365 care for his daily life. A friend from church, Garrett, took on the challenge to be a full time caregiver in the summer 2008, thus allowing Dan to come back to Cedarvillle. Now Garrett is able to continue his studies, thus leaving, Dan's ability to finish college at CU in question.

Seeing this need, a few of Dan's OPE buddies came up with a plan for him finish his education. Ben Roose, & Brad Colas all have full college schedules and studies, and yet they have signed on to help Dan roll across the platform in 2010.

There are many ways you can join these guys, because we all know that "Many Hands Make Light Work".

Academic help includes - walking with him to and from classes and chapel, transcribing papers, typing, tutoring, test aid, schedule management.

Physical help includes - lunch or dinner feeding, helping cook or prepare low sodium food, hanging in his room 1-2 hours a week, [to give others time off], laundry help, tracking and ordering of medical supplies.

Personal help includes - help with daily getting up and in bed routine, hair grooming, daily exercise & eStim of muscles, overnight stays [sorry no girls on this one]

For further information, talk to Dan or one of the 3 guys mentioned above, then send an email to checkinondan@gmail.com Include your name, phone #, area of interest, all in the subject line.

"Thank you, that you cared to Check In On Dan today."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thank you

Thank you for such gracious comments and for continuing to check in on how we are doing. We are amazed by such kindness.

Dan is back at Cedarville! Lord willing, he graduates in May!

Please pray for Dan. He really does have so much pain. It doesn't seem quite right to be paralyzed, supposedly have little or no sensation, but have pain. We squeezed in several doctor appointments the last couple of weeks, hoping for answers, but found none. We continue to learn what is involved with a spinal cord injury.

You are dear friends whether we know you or not! Thank you for your encouragement.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Summer '09

Dan finished his 2 online classes last week, has visited several doctors in the last 2 weeks trying to get answers to his ongoing aliments, and has enjoyed spending time on the computer, not having to do class work!

As you obviously know, we don't update this blog very often, but it seems that Dan is finally not in crisis mode any more. That is not to say there are no issues; they are ongoing.

The biggest concern is Dan's constant pain -- especially in his hands. We went to a hand specialist, quite excited for answers, but his response was that it is a result of the spine injury. We will try new splints, but have no hope at this point of let up of pain.

We are all gearing up for Dan to go back to school this fall. It's quite an ordeal for anyone to pack up for school, but with all of Dan's equipment, whoa!! Bill will once again stay for a couple of weeks to get Dan started and help train the new guys who will help with Dan.

So, all in all Dan has had a good summer. Thanks to the few of you left out there who check in on D
an and pray for us. We're still in the journey!! Please pray for Dan.

"Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do. Psalm 73:26, 28