On 10/7/2018, Dan was mtn biking at Crested Butte’s ski resort, the Evolution Bike Park. It was closing day and he was just fun riding with one of his good buddy’s, when he accidentally hit a tree. The resulting tree impact broke/fractured Dan’s T5 and T6 vertebrae instantly. He was lucky not to suffer any other injuries whatsoever.
Following the crash, Dan had surgery 2 days later in Grand Junction, fusing his spine from T2-T9. He’s labeled a complete injury in the spinal world, but he didn’t sever his spinal cord.