FORT COLLINS, Colo., February 11. DAVE Denniston will remain in Poudre Valley Hospital to begin rehab treatment following surgery to repair his spine. Denniston, age 26, was injured on February 6th in a sledding accident near Laramie, Wyoming, that has left him without the use of his legs. Dave’s parents report that his famous sense of humor and his unfailing strength of character are still “very much intact.”
Dave, a graduate of Auburn University and 1999 NCAA Champion in the 200 breaststroke, was also a member of the 2003 US World Championship team. As an Irvine Novaquatics star, he placed 4th in the 100 breast and 6th in the 200 breast at last summer’s US Olympic Trials.
Dave has been accepted to the Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver, and should be transferred next week. They are on top of spinal-cord-injury research there, but if you have information on any spinal-injury research programs or rehab programs, please contact Dave and his family immediately. You can correspond through a new website: www.davedenniston.com
Dave’s family and friends have been working hard this week to find ways to channel the worldwide outpouring of concern and support for Dave. Here’s how you can help.
1. Help by being part of Dave’s support network. If you have any way of helping, from prayers to financial to day-to-day work, please become part of the group.
2. Visit Dave’s website and urge others to visit. www.davedenniston.com has been established as a clearinghouse where you can send messages to Dave, get updates on his status, and receive replies from Dave as well as a good dose of his humor. There will be photos, a calendar of Dave’s visitors, and news of some cool “Dave Stuff” that is already in the works.
3. Make a donation. Dave needs your financial support! He faces enormous expenses during the lengthy rehab process. Dave’s family has established a fund — The Dave Denniston Fund – and you can make a tax-deductible contribution that will directly benefit Dave’s medical care. Details can be found at www.davedenniston.com.
4. Buy his videos. GoSwim.tv has announced that, retroactive to January 1, 2005, all profits from the sale of Dave’s three videos will go directly to Dave’s foundation. If you haven’t seen Dave in Go Swim Breaststroke, Go Swim Breaststroke Turns & Pullouts, and Go Swim Breaststroke Drills, you are missing a glimpse of true mastery. Check them out at www.goswim.tv.
5. Continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.