Campaign finished. Thank you everybody. Our campaign is now over.
When A Flower Blooms So Does Hope For Dan Warren
$8,810 raised
18% of $50k goal
83 contributors
0 days left
Ended Dec 27, 2014
My dad, Daniel Warren, is a very smart, kind and loving man. He is a strong, amazing, and remarkable man who I admire and am proud to call my father. Now for the story that changed his life forever.   Dan works out of town as an ... More ...

My dad, Daniel Warren, is a very smart, kind and loving man. He is a strong, amazing, and remarkable man who I admire and am proud to call my father. Now for the story that changed his life forever.

 

Dan works out of town as an instrumentation specialist and requires a contract to work and earn income. On the evening of Wednesday, April 16, 2014 he flew back home after a two-week shift. He had mentioned to my mom Linda that he wasn’t feeling 100% with his leg and feet (they had bothered him in the past) and that he thought he should get them checked by a doctor as soon as he could.

 

On the morning of Thursday, April 17th, my mom took him to the walk-in medicenter to see their family doctor. After waiting for hours, the doctor gave him a recommendation letter and told him that he needed to go to the emergency room at the University of Alberta hospital. Upon arriving at the UofA hospital, they again had a long wait in store.

 

After sparse contact via text over a few hours, my mom finally texted to let me know that he was being admitted. My heart sunk, as I knew that this probably wasn’t good news, although I tried to remain positive. After a while, my mom texted me with a terrible update I was scared to hear – my dad’s leg and feet were infected with Gangrene. My dad also has diabetes, which caused low blood circulation and together are a leading cause of Gangrene.

 

If the diagnosis wasn’t good, the prognosis was terrible! Best-case scenario? Remove the dead/black skin, including a toe on his right foot. Worst-case scenario? Blood tests would reveal that the infection had spread and they might have to amputate his right leg below the knee and part of his left foot.

 

We all prayed for the best-case scenario but on April 18th, doctors informed my dad that in fact he would have to have surgery to remove his lower right leg and a toe on his left foot. We were all devastated. It really hit home for me when I could see the worry and fear in my dad’s eyes, a normally strong and brave representation of his demeanor. Despite his attempts to remain strong and outwardly positive, I knew deep down he was worried, and that worried me.

 

The surgery happened on April 19th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.

 

The reason I’m writing this is because the hard part for my parents has only just begun. What lies ahead is a long road of recovery and rehabilitation, as well as a very financially straining time. My parents have both had health issues in the past and have been repeatedly denied life insurance so they cannot look for any help there. My dad, as previously mentioned, is a contract worker so does not enjoy any work health benefits either. My mom’s heath problems prevent her from working and, without any income (for what is projected to be months), not only will they be unable to afford to buy a prosthetic or remodel their house/vehicle in order to accommodate my dad’s disability, they surely face the prospects of losing everything.

 

I ask at this time that if this story has caused you to empathize in any way, that you may find it in your hearts to kindly donate whatever you can to help my dad’s recovery. Your help may help give my dad the hope to walk and maybe get back any normalcy of life one day. My family and I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you for the generosity of those who decide to give.

 

I will end with the following quote,

 

“You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have.”

                                                                                             - Bob Marley

Angela Putnam

(daughter of Dan Warren)

Activity highlights See all 88
Follow this campaign to receive updates by email.

People just like you

People just like you have raised $92+ million for causes they and their friends care about.

Start your own campaign
Recent contributions