For those who followed the Danica Hawke story on here or gofundme, I wanted to finally reach out after almost everything has finally come together and things are getting back to normal. I wanted to thank everyone so much for all of there thoughtfulness, donations, help with her benefit, and continued support we are still receiving. I can't say thank you enough. I don't want to name individual names or companies, as there were so many, as well as some I am not aware of, as I didn't put the benefit together, therefore, from the bottom of our hearts thanks you so much. It has helped greatly. I hope I can return all of this to someone someday in one form or another that need help and support. The Hawke family. Jeremy, Jennifer, Gabriella, and Danica
Breakfast for dinner Benefit the Halmstad PTO is putting on for Danica is TOMORROW, Thursday, April 3rd from 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at Halmstad Elementary in Chippewa Falls. Menu will include, pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, and a beverage. $5.00 for adults, $3 for children (3-11 years). There will also be a bake sale put on by the Girl Scouts and some great silent auction items. Please share with your family and friends even if you are unable to attend. It would be nice to meet some of the generous people that have donated to our family on this site. We hope to see you TOMORROW!
The Hawke Family :)
Thirty-One Consultant Victoria Kaduce (one of Danica's Karate Instructors at Elite Karate) has graciously offered to have a Thirty-One Benefit for Danica and she will donate her commission to our family.
Come out to Elite Karate Studios in Chippewa Falls this Friday, March 21st anytime from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. to join us for a fun night of shopping with Thirty-One.
To start shopping early or if you are unable to make the party, go to, www.mythirtyone.com/398727.
Click on "My Events" and then you will see the event titled "Thirty-One Benefit for Danica Hawke"
March special: Spend $35 and receive one of five totes HALF OFF! Also take advantage of Thirty-Ones 50% off flash sale!
We hope to see you there :)
Update on Danica. It has now been over 2 months since the accident. She has still not been able to attend school full time as she gets pretty worn out but its a work in progress. No more neck brace or arm brace :) The main issue is her balance. She had a balance test last Wednesday, on a machine that measures her balance (apparently it is one of a kind and the only one in the United States). She did ok on it, but she didn't score anything on the part that has to do with the inner ear, particularly the vestibular area. What they call "crystals" inside her head may have moved which throws her out of whack. It sounds like next week they are going to do some other therapy to try and get those "crystals" back into place, as well as stuff to get her brain working better with that system.
Thank you again everyone for all your support!!!
The Hawke Family :)
Breakfast for dinner Benefit the Halmstad PTO is putting on for Danica Thursday, April 3rd from 4:30-7:30 at Halmstad Elementary in Chippewa Falls. Menu will include, pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, and a beverage. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction. Please share with your family and friends even if you are unable to attend. If you know anybody that would like to donate to the silent auction, please let us know. It would be nice to meet some of the generous people that have donated to our family on this site. We hope to see you there!
I thought I would post an update as to how Danica is doing, so all who donated could see. We went to the orthopedics for her arm the other day, and she should have her splint off in a couple of weeks. Next Wednesday she goes to the ENT, Audiologist, and a bunch of other doctors in Rochester. Hopefully she will get her neck brace off or be able to wear it less time. Her behavior seems to be better now. She isn't doing speech therapy, and today was her last day of occupational therapy. She did some testing with physical therapy the other day, and her balance is that of a 4 year old, and the same with her strength and running. I guess its hard to run when you don't have much balance, so we have some work to do there, and she will continue PT 3 times a week for right now. Today she was able to go to school for 2 hours in her wheelchair. We will gradually increase that. Thank you everyone for keeping her in your thoughts!
Hi, I thought I would post an update. Danica has been doing pretty well at home. She is walking better, and can make it to the bathroom on her own, although we still walk by her. She has been able to dress everything except her shirt, and go to the bathroom by herself with out help. Today she was able to go to school for an hour with me to paint a picture and get valentines, and also give valentines. At therapy today, they had her help cook herself some lunch, which was easy mac n cheese, and chicken nuggets. Next week is her first checkup in Rochester!
Wow, what else can I say. We reached our goal, in such of a short amount of time. Thanks to all of you wonderful, thoughtful people, most of you we don't even know. Danica is still making progress. She will be doing PT and OT twice a week right now, with speech therapy as needed. As of right now, she won't be returning to school for a month, and her teacher will be coming over to work with her for three hours a week. How nice. Anxious to get this recover done. It went well today at the SPOTS house in Chippewa. Hopefully that continues. Thank you so much again for all of your donations. Although we reached our goal, if anyone still wants to donate please feel free, we aren't afraid to go past it!!
Therapy today was a nightmare. No cooperation whatsoever. Sounds like we are going to be switching do a different therapy facility. Here is her updated pic from today, now that we are home.
We are finally home, maybe tomorrow I can update her picture so she isn't on the ventilator anymore! Today started off rough, but once we got in the car she wanted chicken nuggets from McDonalds, and she ate them all. She went to karate tonight to watch her sister and that went pretty good. She also was good for her bath tonight. Hopefully that keeps up. We got her wheelchair and bath bench today, and tomorrow starts her outpatient therapy.
Tonight, Danica's story will be airing on WQOW News 18 at 5:00 and 6:00. I'm probably not the best interviewer in the world. Please feel free to share this. We are still set to go home tomorrow. Thanks again for everything!
The time is coming near where I think Danica is getting released from the hospital. Today we have been here 3 weeks, and I think she is leaving on Tuesday. Seems like she throws up everyday, which kinds of makes me nervous, she has thrown up twice today already. Tomorrow is a big day I think. All of the doctors are tele-conferencing her school, but I don't think she will be going back to school for another few weeks, then probably in a wheelchair. UGH. Nervous with insurance, it looks like they only pay for 4o visits of therapy, and she see's 2 or 3 different kinds of therapists each time she goes. Keep sharing the site, we appreciate it very much.
Hi, Danica so far today is having a good day, other than eating. She did really well in physical therapy and occupational therapy. She is getting her Psych evaluation finished right now. She spent quite awhile this morning with the news crew from back home, so when it airs, I will put a link on here. They videoed a lot of her in therapy, so people can actually see her and what it is like. Thank you again so much for your continued support for us, we are getting closer to our goal! Excited to get home, yet nervous, because I don't think I really realize how long it may take for her to be 100% again.
How did today go? Well, good and bad. She has been in a good mood all day, but didn't eat anything, and she has thrown up twice now. Hopefully she will drink some water and pedialyte tonight, other wise she may have to get iv fluids again tomorrow. She had to have a bath because of her last vomit, but that went pretty well this time. She did good in therapy.
I have been going to do this since right after Danica got here at the hospital, but every time I even think of it, I start crying. I want to thank each and every person on here supporting my family and I. From emotional to monetary, I can't say enough words to express how I feel. Family, friends, my teachers, Danica and Gabby's teachers, everyone on the gofundme site. So many people we don't even know, it's so crazy. Our host daughter's family in Austria has been so kind to us as well. We have made new friends since this has happened, which have offered a lot of support as well. Thanks to WEAU and WQOW for helping us. The EF Foundation for Foreign Study people have been a help to us. I can't ask for anything else. All these years I have put in to the community trying to help with my services to help out other organizations raise money, I can't be more proud. Now I know why I do it, because people need help, and I am glad I can be there to help when needed. Thank you everyone so much. I don't know what else to say. If I left someone or something out, sorry, but you are in my thoughts in this whirlwind of a mind I have right now.
Danica got her new arm brace today. It's cute, but she complains her arm hurts since it has been immobile since Jan. 12th., and is now hanging down. Looks like she will get to go home Feb. 4th, and will have therapy 2-3 days a week.
Thank you again for donating for our daughter Danica. She is making some progress, but it takes awhile. She has gotten fitted today for her custom arm splint, which she should receive tomorrow. It's hard getting her to want to do things such as walking, standing or sitting up, but she is working at it. Everyone on here has been so generous to help people you don't even know, and for that we are so grateful. We will continue to appreciate any and all donations we receive as we have no idea how much everything will be in the end, or how much therapy or additional costs could come down the road. If there is any money received above what we need for our medical bills and travel/lodging expenses, we will donate it for safety equipment such as helmets or other items that could be of value to help prevent this from happening again.
Just want to thank everyone once again for your generous donations!!! Danica has good days and bad (today is one of those) but we will keep pushing on :)
Thank You....Thank You....Thank You!!!
The Hawke Family
Thank you everyone for your generous donations, kind words and continued support! Words cannot express how thankful we are!
The Hawke Family
Hi! My name is Danica, I am 7 years old and live in Chippewa Falls, WI. I was in a terrible sledding accident on Sunday, January 12th in Eau Claire, WI. The tube I was riding on slide off the side of the hill into a line of trees. I hit the tree with my head and left arm going about 15 mph and was knocked unconscious. I was transported by ambulance to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire where my diagnosis was as follows:
1. TBI s/p sledding accident
2. Post-concussive syndrome secondary to No. 1
3. Impaired mobility
4. Impaired ADLs and self-care
5. AO of upper cervical spine interspinous ligamentous strain
6. Left mid shaft humerus fracture
7. Left comminuted occipital skull fracture
8. Left transverse temporal bone fracture with extension into the left TMJ and foreman ovale
In simple terms....I had a broken left arm, an injury to my neck and several fractures to my skull.
I was then flown by helicopter to Rochester, MN. Once in Rochester I was in the pediatric ICU for 3 days then moved to the regular pediatric floor for 1 week, now I am on the rehabilitation floor where I am doing physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy for 3 hours per day. I am still having trouble with my balance and walking. I am making progress everyday but it is a lot of work!!!
They anticipate me staying here for another 2 weeks or so. That will make my stay in Rochester at least 1 month long.
This accident will cost my parents a large amount of money, even more then when I was at Children's in St. Paul, MN when I was 6 months old and had a wilms tumor and had to have my left kidney removed. Not only will my parents have medical expenses they also have travel expenses back and forth from Chippewa Falls to Rochester (2 hours each way) as they need to be home for my Sisters, Gabby and Lena too.
Just to give you an example, we already received the bill for the helicopter, and my 25 min ride from Eau Claire to Rochester cost just over $24,400.00. YIKES!
Any donation would be appreciated to help my parents with all the expenses. So many people have helped already and every little bit is appreciated!
Thanks so much!