Let's help Danny out!!!!!

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My older brother Danny decided to one up me on the crash game.. all jokes aside this situation has some severity but my goal is to keep things light,  overwhelm with positive thoughts, and not dwell on the negative issues at hand.

Without going into too much detail:
Danny and his friend Joel both got tangled up in the same crash, and  both sustained injury .  As of right now I can shed a bit of light.  Danny suffered a spinal injury around the t5, t6 area.  As I have I still have  yet to see Danny I implore everyone to not jump to conclusions, he had surgery yesterday to stabilize everything that was disruppeted. He's already begun physical therapy  and his outlook is very positive.  There's complicated issues but right now we all need to stay positive, please ! 

Please don't pry for details of his injury or accounts of the accident,  that doesn't help any situation.  

Joel is a bit better off , but still had injuries to his scapula and collarbone.   Both guys are immensely strong and need positive support!!


Cycling has been in my family for as long as I can remember,  although head injuries I have sustained seem to effect that hahah, see what I did there, made a joke.  But Danny was always my inspiration,  racing each other constantly everywhere.  Bitching to one another about the death marches our parents would take us on. Laughing uncontrollably any time we were on 2 wheels together. Pushing one another on any climb you almost felt your heart would explode.   

Whether he wants to admit it of not, he's become an icon in the cycling community of the Grand Valley and beyond.  Story's of his adventures he would take his klunker on where most wouldn't even take a high end bike  bring an instant smile. 

His work with the Bone shakers youth group rides where he would teach skills and help build a foundation of a love of bikes.  The same as our parents did for us many years ago

Wherever possible trying to race whatever enduro events he could fit in

I could go on forever,  but it's without a doubt his passion for cycling was contagious!!

The dollar amount is still unknown as to what it's going to take to get him recovered.    This is for the basic living expenses for his life for the next few months but let's shoot for the moon.   Blow that goal out of the water!!

Let's all get together and show my brother what the love of the cycling community can offer!!   Donate what you can and please share,  repost and most of all continue to show my Brother,  Parents, Whitney, Mason, and everyone else effected the most positive support we can!!! All story's greatly appricated!!

Oh and Zeus is in great care , but misses his morning sniffs with his favorite goofy guy. ..

I can't thank everyone enough who has reached out!  It's been an overwhelming few days so please understand if Danny doesn't get back to everyone immediately.   He is very greatful and humbled to have you all thinking of him.

I'll do my best for updates

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That's it that's all folks!!!

After 2 months we have showed the true blessing of social media and power of a community. I'm blown away at the money raised to help my brother. I can assure you all this will be used to build his quality of life back to a state of normalcy. And I believe it's my time to no longer ask for support.

It's been difficult to come up with the words on how to say thank you to each and every one of you!! But tomorrow I'm sure Danny could speak on my behalf .

Grassroots cycles in Grand junction is hosting a gear/ yard sale tomorrow 10-4 pm with a ton of stuff up for grabs, and they are putting that all towards Danny.. but most importantly Dan will be rolling around and would like to see any that can swing on by!

Once again thank you all for the support and this is a long journey so let's keep the spirits high and as always #ridelikeadanimal

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As most of you know, Danny is back in Grand Junction. The unfortunate news for me, is now he's a bit farther away than when he was at Craig.

What that means is info for updates is a little harder to come by. So please excuse the longer periods of no news. But feel free to keep tabs on the big guy through Facebook, and Instagram and fellow community members of the grand valley!

I do have some news. Grassroots Cycles in Grand Junction is hosting a New/ Used gear sale with all proceeds going to Dan. So if anyone has any gear they are trying to get rid of or better yet looking to buy go check out the Sale Dec 15, below is a post from Grassroots:

grassrootscyclesBenefit Garage Sale to support our good friend & local mountain biker, Dan 'Danimal' Soller. Dan sustained a spinal cord injury while riding last month. This event was created to help support Dan on his road to recovery. Come shop an array of donated outdoor gear and enjoy food & beverages to show your support!
Any & ALL outdoor equipment, accessories, bikes, skis, vehicle racks, outdoor clothing, camping gear, boating stuff, etc!
Drop off donations ASAP (by December 14th) at GRC
100% of proceeds from sale directly benefit Dan & his family.
Thanks for your support ❤️❤️❤️ #ridelikeadanimal #sollerstrong #monkeytribe

I have started getting questions about where all this fundraising is going towards. Although nothing is set in stone, a few of the first choices are a bicycle and or a vehicle to help get Danny back to a more mobile state. and long term would be housing, all of which considering the circumstances is more expensive hence the continued work for support.

I cant thank you all enough for the support !

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Learning how to pick yourself up when your down...

Like everyday, the steps of progression for Danny are always monumental. Today was no exception! He's now less than 24 hours to discharge and his willingness to fight and push are continuing to get stronger daily!

This past weekend we had mulipal outings. Went to restaurants, the aquarium, and shitty weather to boot ; all things challenging, but through the past month and a half of hard work Danny moved with the highest level of "normalcy " that iv seen yet!!!

Our mom showed up yesterday in time for an always appropriate little stroll to tacos for dinner. She will also be his chariot commander on the way home tomorrow! But today we followed Danny through yet another day of workouts and his daily tasks at Craig.

Today I got to witness Danny truly picking himself up when he was down. This is generally a skill learned far later in this journey. Picking yourself up off the ground is no easy task. Anyone that has ever lost a fight with gravity can understand this. Watching my brother from across the room as he bit down and pushed himself back into a seated position made me fight back the tears. The tears of happiness, seeing my older brother once again lead the way. Other patients around him shared the same inspirational smile. He made it look easy! Danny has been a huge inspiration to many at Craig with his spirit and true determination with all the tasks at hand. They are all in this together, so seeing hard tasks completed helps everyone fight at whatever step they are on in this process!!

Without a doubt Danny will be missed in Craig. We both have made what I'd consider life long friends from this journey. I can't explain enough how inspirational the staff at Craig have been, they are truly world renowned!!!

Speaking to my dad today, he was putting the finishing touches on all the modifications at the house. To say I'm blown away is an understatement. The timeline that they had to complete everything was unbelievably small. The help from a close friends father on organizing contractors was a massive help! And my father's attention to detail can rarely be matched. For both my parents to move half their stuff, remodel, and still complete in a shorter time window was truly monumental!!

I know Derf, Terri, Whitney, Mason Zeus and everyone else in the Grand Valley are beyond excited to have the Danimal home tomorrow!! And I can say without a doubt he's ready to! Keep fighting Danny, I'm so damn proud of you!!

Thank you all for the support! It means the world!!!

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From Whitney:

Where do I begin...well first off, forever grateful to every single one of you in such a way that words could never truly express. Second, man has it been a busy 5 1/2 weeks! Danny has been the busiest though! Busting his, you know what, every day to help gain more control of this new situation, and has he ever! Being at Craig Hospital has truly been a blessing! The technology, the staff, and the other patients even, have all played such a major part in his success at that facility. While we were given a later discharge date initially, to no surprise, the Danimal has exceeded expectations and is getting sent home early, cause as we know, he kicks ass at everything. Plain and simple. And he will be home for Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for!!!

I was able to spend the last three days with him. And let me tell you, it was one for the books! So many great accomplishments and connections made! It began Tuesday with our clearance on a car transfer in my car, which later led to us spontaneously going to a Nuggets game, all by ourselves! Although they lost, which was a bummer, it was still the first real moment of freedom felt from a hospital setting for him, and us together.
Freedom! Normalcy! Yes!!!

Then came Wednesday, which piled all the excitement in. If you have ever seen an adaptive bike, look it up. Well, danny and I spent about 30 minutes cruising around the perimeter outside of Craig on bikes today!!! Yes! Thats right! He was on an adaptive bike and I opted for the hardtail and as to be expected, I was still chasing a Danimal, even on this amazing new pedal machine that to no surprise, he quickly became comfortable on. Rippin corners and classically marking up the rec room floor with skids, made for just your average pedal with a Danimal. But this was truly an amazing moment for him, and myself too.

And one of the last memorable moments on this visit to share with you. Some of you may or may not know but Danny stands about a foot taller than me, and since his injury I haven't been able to see him in a vertical position. Well today that happened. There is an amazing piece of equipment at Craig that stands those who are paralyzed in an upright position. It's nothing short of amazing. While previous attempts at this had led to dizzy spells, today he took down a cup of coffee beforehand and was able to be upright for about a half hour and was completely vertical. Yep, I cried...happy tears of course. To be able to look up at him again and reach to kiss him and have him kiss my forehead with ease was more than I can put into words. Such a special moment for us both.

Danny also has had the opportunity to connect and make friends with people who are definitely going to be in his life forever. It's a connection that is shared that you or I can't understand, but has been beautiful to witness. They have all been in the first stages of their new journeys together and it's been amazing to watch them all grow and accomplish goals. I'm so proud of him and seeing the impact hes made on them as well, is nothing short of inspiring.

I've been super busy since hes been at Craig. Number one being mom, then working as many hours at work as I can and also moving our entire life into Danny's parents. I wish I could have been with him the entire time but I had some big tasks at home to handle for us. As I am down to the final days before his arrival home, I cant help but only have excitement in my heart. People ask, are you ready? is the house ready? And honestly my answer is absolutely! Both Terri and Derf have done leaps and bounds of work to jump on the progress to fit Danny's early discharge. Getting improvements done on their own home to fit their sons needs to allow all of us an easy transition when he returns shows just one example of what family will do in times if need. And we are all very grateful for you opening up your home to us!!! As he has said, there will never be a perfect scenario, and there will come times that things arnt always accessible for him. He wants to come home and be with his family. He wants to come home and be surrounded by this amazing community that he feels so much love for.

So you will all see Danny around very soon! And the Danimal will be back on those trails before we know it.
So much love to you all!
Thank you for your continued love and support!
Xoxo- Whit
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