Danielle Normile

Danielle Normile
Danielle Normile
United States
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I am running the 121st Boston Marathon this April with the Spaulding Race for Rehab Team and in honor of my cousin Dylan Rizzo. Without the help of the amazing staff at Spaulding Rehab Hospital, my cousin may not have progressed to where he is today. My family is incredibly grateful towards Spaulding and I feel especially honored to have an opportunity to give back to Spaulding. 

In December 2010, my cousin Dylan was in a fatal car accident. I remember being at my parent’s lake house for winter break, coming up the stairs and seeing my mom nearly in tears. I was in shock when she told me Dylan had been in an accident. It didn’t hit me until I went back downstairs and I began to cry. Memories of growing up next door from each other played over and over the whole drive from New Hampshire to Boston.

When I arrived at the hospital, most of my extended family was there in the waiting room. And that’s what we did for the next month, waited. Dylan finally opened his eyed after about a month. Doctors told us he was in a vegetative state and if he didn’t wake up soon, he may be that way forever. That is when Joseph Giacino, a researcher at Spaulding Rehab Hospital, began studying the case. He explained that with practice he believed Dylan’s brain could get better. That’s when Dylan moved to Spaulding and they got to work.

Five months later, Dylan moved back home. Five years later, Dylan volunteered as the assistant coach for the Lynnfield High School track team. I know every day is a struggle but it’s also a miracle. My family owes a lot to Spaulding and I am flattered that I can do my part and give back to those that helped my family live through the worst year of our life.

"I'm going to be better, that's it. Just keep going. That's what I always say, just keep going, that's it." – Dylan Rizzo



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