Thursday, March 2, 2017

We are hosting our Third Annual Danny O’Keefe Fundraiser at Power Ryde on April 1 at 10:30am. For a $20 minimum donation, you can attend a 45 minute spinning class on the RealRyder tilting bikes. Casey Hilmer, Founder & Co-owner of Power Ryde, will teach the class. 


It’s important to sign up for the class ahead of time. You don’t pay until the fundraiser on April 1 (either cash or checks made out to the “O’Keefe Family Assistance Fund”).  People can get sponsors as well.  There will also be a donation jar on Power Ryde’s reception desk so people can still contribute even if they can’t attend the fundraiser.   

Please watch the video telling Danny’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j8gucy_G44

Danny was viciously attacked while saving his sister’s life from an intruder six years ago.  Danny graduated from Moeller (2002), UD and Capital University Law School.  He had been practicing law for a year, specializing in defending children. He lives in Loveland, as do his parents.  His mother graduated from Indian Hill High School (1972) and his father graduated from Madeira High School (1973).  They attend St Gertrude Parish.

Besides raising money for Danny’s medical care (which is over $80k a year not covered by insurance), we hope to also raise awareness of Danny’s situation as well as lift his spirits.  There will be food at the Open House so even if people don’t want to spin, they can come just to meet & support Danny (there is no charge to do this). Danny is such an inspiration.  Since he has been ryding at Power Ryde weekly, he has been speaking better.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Letter from a Friend...

This is a letter sent to us recently from one of Danny's friends.


In May 2011 my friend made a courageous choice. He chose without thought to protect his sister from her attacker. This choice changed his life forever.

His act of heroism continues on almost 5 years after his brave choice. I have never met a person of such valor. Now that his sister is safe he continues to fight for his own recovery with a vengeance I have never seen.

Initially Danny was very dependent on his family for his physical and emotional wellbeing. He was only able to speak one to two word phrases, walked with a significant limp, with his arm bent in at the elbow due to his hemiplegia.

Danny’s entire family continue to provide him with an amazing support system. His Mom is constantly researching the latest treatment of TBI and was an amazing force behind Danny getting his invaluable service dog, hyper baric treatment, and ongoing cognitive and speech rehabilitation. She also is his health care advocate. His dad is his friend and will take him anywhere he needs to go. Danny’s brothers and sister are always there for him.


A lot of Danny’s strength comes from the person he will always be.  The person who did not think twice about putting his life on the line for the life of another human being. He is now living independently. He has support from his family and his trusty service dog. He could have easily given up on himself through this process. He gets on the computer and works on his speech and language skills daily. He readily shares his opinions, and his amazing love of life, his witty sense of humor. He brightens the days of all he comes in contact with.

He takes amazing care of and has unconditional love for his service dog.

He walks daily. I am not sure how far, but I know he is out for up to 2.5 hours at a time. He is currently training to walk the Flying Pig full marathon. He is really working hard in therapy and with a trainer to try and run again. He does not give up.

Danny was an avid drummer prior to his injury. He is now able to hold an adapted drum stick and is playing again with his right hand. He is also beginning to have motor control to write again with use of adapted writing utensils.  


As described in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2013 7:887 Published online 2013, Dec 24: (Nudo, 2013), the injured brain is very plastic. Brain recovery occurs with repetition and practice of meaningful motor experiences. Danny is the epitome of neuroplasticity. He is excited by challenge and continues to improve his abilities in all areas of his life. He has also taken a great deal of responsibility for his recovery and continues to take full advantage of all resources he has access to. 

For Danny there are no limits on his recovery because he refuses to set them!!!

Danny I am so blessed to know you.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

As in the past, would you take a moment to say a prayer for Danny’s continued healing. They say there is power in pray. We ask that you do this on Christmas Eve at 6:00 PM.
 
I wanted to again thank each and everyone of you. Danny has come so far with your help. This last round at UMAP, WOW!!!! I can’t believe the improvement. Everyone who’s seen him is saying the same.
 
I was asked about the Fifth/Third Account. Yes, it is still open. The O’Keefe Family Assistance Fund or you can go to dannyokeefe.org and use the pay pal account.
 
We have delayed Danny’s next trip to UMAP until March. He is home for the next couple of months, taking therapy at Mercy Hospital. We love his therapists, Moe and Wes!!! They have worked with Danny for two years now and have become like family. He loves working with his personal trainer, Lisa as well! She donates her time to Danny.
 
He is now back to playing his drums. He told me it made him feel like he was getting a bit of his life back. He practices 3 hours each day. It’s a good work out for his arm and leg.
 
He’s been out with friends and family, just enjoying the holidays.  I took him Christmas shopping. It was one-stop shopping at Jungle Jim’s. We had a great time. Of course this was followed up with Skyline time.
 
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. Be safe.
Thank you, Kathy O’Keefe