Alumnus Update: Daniel Lyon Recovery Progressing

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Here are ways the UW Tacoma community can support Daniel Lyon, '13, the firefighter who was critically injured in this summer's Twisp River Fire.

Daniel Lyon, '13 (right), and Chelsea Olivas, '13. Photo courtesy Chelsea Olivas.Daniel Lyon, ’13, the Milgard School of Business graduate and firefighter who was critically injured in this summer’s Twisp River Fire, is making continual progress on his path to recovery. One of his friends, Chelsea Olivas, ’13, also a Milgard grad, recently provided some information about ways the UW Tacoma community can support Daniel and his family during his lengthy convalescence.

According to a recent story in the Methow Valley News, Daniel has had eight surgeries since the August 19 accident. He is still in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center. The article, based on information provided by Daniel’s father, Dan Lyon, says that, “based on physicians’ projections for the healing process from this type of injury, Daniel could be released … in about six weeks. He will continue with extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy.”

“Cards and positive messages are HUGE," says his friend Chelsea. "Daniel’s parents read these messages to Daniel as much as they can and once Daniel can read them on his own, I know he will continue to read them for the months to come," she said.

  • The Methow Daily News says that cards and letters can be sent to Daniel Lyon, care of Harborview Medical Center, Medic One, 325 Ninth Ave., Room 2 CT99, Box 359727, Seattle, WA, 98104.
  • A CaringBridge site has been established where people can read about Daniel’s progress and leave a supportive message: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/daniellyon.
  • At GoFundMe, people can make donations to a fund that helps offset the day-to-day living expenses Daniel’s family are incurring: https://www.gofundme.com/DanielLyonFund.
  • UW Medicine, which operates Harborview, provides a way for people to send notes to patients using a web form: http://www.uwmedicine.org/patient-resources/email-patient/. The content of the message is hand-printed and delivered to the patient in person.

Update, November 18, 2015

According to an article in The Seattle Times, Daniel Lyon is heading home from Harborview. He has had 11 surgeries, and still has a long recovery process before him, but his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery. "I can't climb mountains, but I can climb hills," Daniel told reporters.

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John Burkhardt / October 6, 2015
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu