Danny Chew "Million Mile Man Recovery"

For: Danny Chew
Pittsburgh, PA
Organizer: Steven Perezluha
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The Story

Recently, my Uncle, Danny Chew, had a bad crash on a hundred mile ride. During the ride, he suddenly passed out and lost control of his body. He broke his neck and remained unconscious. Doctors informed us that he could potentially be paralyzed from the waist down. He is currently in extensive care in Ohio undergoing surgeries.

Danny lives to ride his bicycle. He does not have a 9 to 5 job, he does not have kids, nor is he married. Bicycling is his one true love. To me, my uncle is one of my best friends. With the thought of never being able to ride a bicycle again, it is important that we come together to help him recover and get back to an active life where he can hopefully use his legs again.

My Uncle is the man that got me into cycling. Without him, my life would not be the same. When I was 16, I developed a love for cycling through my Uncle. Our cross-country journey to Alaska developed us as true companions. Danny is a big inspiration to many people and myself. My Uncle has pushed me to accomplishing my biggest goals and has inspired me in everything I do in life. What I've learned the most from my Uncle is that with dogged determination and patience, I can accomplish anything that my heart desires. Let us be patient and hope that Danny can continue to ride his bike.

All donations will go directly to Danny Chew’s accumulation of medical bills throughout his long road to recovery. Currently, we are not sure of the extent of his medical needs, but I will do my best to keep all donators updated with news on Danny’s condition.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 5, 2017

Posted on January 5, 2017

I got to visit my Uncle for the first time since his accident back in early September. His spirits were high but the realization on his paralyzation is still sinking in. The last time I saw him before this we were riding out bikes around Pennsylvania and New York on a mini bob trailer trip. The complications he has to go through every day makes me think of someone crippled and sick during the final years of life. He has no ability to control his bowel movements and is dependent on others assisting him with routine tasks of living. This part was hard for me to grasp. He is making forward progress since his accident however. I got to see his hand cycling and arm routine he does at the gym.

Danny has always been strong and egged me on to push myself to accomplish more and more. Danny's life was very simple before his accident. Riding his bicycle, writing in his journal, and running the once a year Dirty Dozen bike race. It was hard to find things for him to do other than ride his bike. Now, more than ever, he has to use his mind to power him through his living and realize there is more to life than just riding bicycles. I know he will find it within and the support from his friends and his will power will prevail. I will do everything I can to help motivate him in the process. I really hope there can be a twist of fate down the road that can give him his legs back. For now we can only be patient, something I learned best from my Uncle.

I also have to say huge thanks to all that have supported Danny Chew during his struggle and to Jerry Lynch and his wife Sue for taking Danny in during his rehabilitation.

"On the day, the storm has just begun
I will still hope there are
Better days to come"

Posted on November 26, 2016

Posted on November 26, 2016

I can't thank you all enough how much your support means. Today is my Uncle's Iconic Dirty dozen bike race up the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh. There is a record number of riders this year.

Two new news articles came out this past week on Uncle Danny.
Below are the links to the articles:

Outside Magazine:
http://www.outsideonline.com/2138711/danny-chew-wont-let-paralysis-keep-him-riding-1000000-miles

WESA:
http://wesa.fm/post/now-paralyzed-iconic-cyclist-danny-chew-plans-30-more-years-biking#stream/0

Also if you are interested in another cool way to support Danny you can buy a memorial t-shirt below. New Roads! This was one of Danny's favorite things to shout out whenever he rode on a new road around Pittsburgh. Considering probably over 500,000 of his miles ridden have been around the greater Pittsburgh area, a new road was a welcoming rarity for Danny.

Buy your Danny chew t-shirt here:

https://squareup.com/store/garbella

Posted on November 9, 2016

Posted on November 9, 2016

Danny is improving daily with his upper body strength. He is now wheeling a hand held wheelchair around the 9th floor at the RIC. Holly Foss, our old cycling friend from high school visited him today, and said he did 6 and a half laps around the halls on the 9th floor. Danny told her that 19 laps would make up 1 mile, and Danny is working up to this. Danny is going to be released from the RIC on December 5, and is going to temporarily live with his great friend Jerry Lynch in Ohio. Danny was staying at Jerry's house when he had his tragic accident. Jerry and his wife Sue are incredible angels to be taking Danny in and taking care of him, until our family house in Pittsburgh is ready for him. This will take a while to add the addition onto the back of our Pittsburgh house. We are working on getting a special van that can take Danny's wheelchair into it, because Danny needs to lean back due to extremely low blood pressure due to his paralysis. He has to lean back horizontally for 10 minutes every half hour to keep from passing out. We are very appreciative of all of your support, prayers, positive thoughts, contributions and nice thoughts to cheer Danny up. This is the first year since The Dirty Dozen started by our family in the early 1980s, that Danny will not be able to be there running this race over Thanksgiving weekend. His friend Jon Pratt is running the Dirty Dozen for Danny. Ron Lutz, Dave Shaffer and Cassie have created a beautiful special Dirty Dozen jersey to benefit Danny's medical/house/van fund. Please check out this link to order your jerseys to benefit Danny. https://www.facebook.com/jordan.villella/posts/10100125825308576

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