Welcome friends and family of Alex and Dane!

This Blog has been created by friends and family of Alex and Dane as they make their way down the road to recovery, after being struck by lightning 10/5/2010. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as this road will likely be a long one. Feel free to check back often for status updates on both Alex and Dane, and be sure and leave your well-wishes when you visit. The boys will be shown this blog when they are awake.

We sincerely Thank You for your concern and friendship. Alex and Dane will always remember the support of friends and family like you.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

3 yeas ago.....

I hadn't planned on posting today. But as the clock ticked 3:03 I couldn't help but think of what we (our family) was doing 3 years ago on 10/5/10.

Today we are listening/watching to LDS General Conference from the comforts of our home, Elder Jeffery R Holland was speaking just after 3:03.  His talk couldn't have come at a better time.  If you missed his talk, listen to it.  www.lds.org

When Elder Holland showed the photos of the Stephanie Nielson, after her 2008 plane crash, I thought once again how blessed we are.  How blessed that Alex only spent 2 months in the hospital, that his scars are covered by his shirt, that his face and legs healed without having to have skin grafts.

Its easy to forget the blessings, to get caught up in the daily disabilities.  All 3 of my boys have grown and excelled beyond belief the past 3 years.  They are my inspiration.

Thanks to all those that have helped us over the past 3 years.  It hasn't gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

Alex, Kiel & Parker - 1st Day of School - August 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Video on How to Survive Lightning

3 years ago the Boys weren't wearing a Faraday suit but they did have great Administrators to preform CPR on them.

Heres a good video to watch - the last part is a little amusing when they say "the real best thing to do is to avoid lightning all together"......ya think!?!  lol


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Alex is still continuing to improve.  He hasn't gotten much use of his hands/fingers back, but he's learned to adapt.  He turned TWENTY this weekend.  Some of our friends took him skydiving last month to celebrate his determination, growth and hard work over the past 2 1/2 years.  We are all proud of you Alex!

Check out his Skydiving Video!!!
Click on this link:   Skydive Zion

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


If you haven't had a chance to get your CPR Certification.  Please do so, you never know who you might need to save.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Eve of 2 yr Anniversary

As I dropped my 16 yr old off at SCHS this morning, I glanced at "The Tree" and thought "two years ago today our life was normal".  But what is Normal?  2 years ago today we were doing our thing as a family, today we are closer to each other and have more appreciation and compassion for others.  Its been a long, hard 2 years but we are still Beating the Odds and getting better everyday.  We are all changed forever, its up to us to make that change become a  Good or Bad thing.

Thanks to the St. George News for writing a follow up story on the Boys.  View it at


Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Update

We started the summer off right with a visit from our friend Professor Blankenbecler and his wife.  We met "The Professor" the week after Alex and Dane were struck by lightning.  He contacted us at UMC, and we became fast friends because of our many similarities, all 3 of them had been struck by lightning, and survived, they all love physic and hiking.

Alex started a new therapy for his hands.  Its called EMG-Neuromuscular Training Program (NTP).  It was designed to help patients with spinal cord injuries and most types of paralysis learn to use their muscles again.   We have seen a little improvement which is encouraging.

Dane is still working at Lins while he gets ready to leave the nest and move to Cedar City for his first year of college.

Alex finished his first year at Dixie State College and did great (all A's & one B+).  He will go back to DSC in August.

This summer Alex and Dane have had a few  "All nighters" playing a game called  DayZ.  They seem to enjoy it, it must be fun to keep them entertained all night long.

We continue to run into people around town that supported the boys, through prayer and donations.  We are always so happy to meet them and are so grateful for all they did for us.  Alex and Dane are walking miracles.

Kaleen aka Alex's mom

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Another Milestone for Dane!  Dane will graduate from Snow Canyon High School today.   He will continue to work this summer then go to SUU this fall.   Congratulation Dane!

Alex on Wednesday, Oct.6

Alex on Wednesday, Oct.6

Dane Thursday Oct 7th

Dane Thursday Oct 7th
Before Life Support was removed

Alex's Room

Alex's Room
Thanks for all the love