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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

October 5th at Vernon Worthen Park

My amazingly talented friend designed this flyer for the event - Thanks Laurie

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Alex and Dane on Fox News 1450 AM & 96.7 FM Wednesday 9/21/11

Alex and Dane will be promoting their Alex and Dane Give Back event tomorrow morning on our local radio station.  You can tune in live at

Not sure what time they will be on but they will be arriving in studio at 8:30am MST

Thanks Canyon Media for supporting them and so many other charities in southern Utah!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Save the Date! October 5, 2011 5-7pm

Lets Celebrate the Year Anniversary! Alex and Dane Give Back
Alex and Dane will be giving back to the Community that gave
so much to them after they were struck by lightning October 5th
at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, UT.

If it weren't for The First Responders giving CPR, Alex and Dane
wouldn't be living the amazing lives they are today.

Come celebrate with them and the community at a Picnic in the Park.
Vernon Worthen Park in St. George from 5-7pm.

Picnic dinners will be provided by Great Harvest for a $5 donation
per plate.  All proceeds will go to CPR Training through The
American Heart Associate at Dixie ATC. Everyone should be
CPR Certified! These funds will help defer the costs of certification
for many people.

Music, Food and Fun! Come Celebrate Life!

If you drop don't you want the person next to you to know CPR!!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Make a fist!

Alex's hands have been "stuck" straight out, his hands, fingers and forearms are "flat".  Over the past several months he has been getting movement in his fingers, he can move them up and down, wiggling them.  But hasn't been able to curl them or make a fist. UNTIL, we met Jared Gough.  Jared is a local sports Massage Therapist, I heard about through a co worker (Thanks Nicole).  I left a VM for Jared, saying "I want to schedule an appointment for my son".  When he called me back, he said "tell me about your son"  I told him "my son was one of the boys that was struck by lightning outside SCHS last fall"  He got so excited and said "I have wanted to work on them since I heard about the accident, I would be honored to".

He's worked on Alex twice now and made HUGE improvements! Alex's shoulder blades use to stick out like 2 sharp chicken wings poking out of his back.  After working on Alex's muscles he was able to get his shoulders to look and feel the way they are supposed to.  Then today he worked on Alex's hands and he can curl the fingers on his right hand.  Amazing.  Jared said it felt like the muscles had just melted together, describing it like a box of crayons sitting in a car, they would hold their shape but melt together. That's what he thinks happened when the lightning went through Alex's body, giving Alex's hands and forearms the "pancaked" look.  Which makes sense, in the ER at IHC the doctors told us Alex had 3rd degree burns on 40% of his body, when we saw him, we said "he doesn't look too bad".  They said "his body is cooking from the inside out."
His left hand/fingers didn't improve as much, but that's because the left side of his body is weaker due to the "stroke" in the right side of his brain.
Now I'm bugging Alex every few minutes "curl your hand", "show me a fist"  I don't want it to stop working!
Kaleen  aka Alex's mom

Apparently Lightning Strikes In St George More Often Than We Realize

Malibu Cleaners on Hilton Drive 

struck by lightning

Written by  on September 11, 2011 in Local
 NewsNews - 1 Comment

ST. GEORGE – The roof of Malibu Cleaners, 324 West Hilton Drive
in St. George, caught on fire after being struck by lightning.
A St. George dispatch officer said that no persons are known
to be at risk and fire  fighters are responding.
Sirens were audible in surrounding areas around 9:40 p.m.

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