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  1. #16
    Pit Crew monepit's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWB View Post
    This was terrible news to receive today.

    Rod, Cindy and family:

    Merilee and I wish you a steady, speedy and full recovery. We know this will not be an easy time, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    John and Merilee
    So sorry to hear.. Windi and my prayers will be with you Rod.

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    Sorry to read this, our prayers for a full and speedy recovery.
    Bruce & Tracy

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    Devin & I are keeping Rod (and Cindy) in our prayers! A speedy recovery to Rod. I was horrified when I read the news! God's speed!
    Chicago Dave

    "Everything in life happens somewhere else ... why not have fun getting there and in style"

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    Wishing a speedy recovery to Rod. I am sure that with the support he has with his family and friends the prognosis is very promising. Thoughts and Prayers.
    Dave (aka: Hatty)

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    (This was Dated from March 2, 2013)

    OK, all. Here's the latest from Cindy.

    Rod was up & walking this morning. His first bath since the

    accident. I didn't make any comments, but the temptation was there.

    He's actually doing very well; fever is down and he's up. First

    surgery is scheduled for Monday, first thing in the morning.

    Cindy's holding up and will--for the first time since the accident--

    spend a night sleeping in an actual bed. The care is exceptional in
    the burn unit and there is a nurse and a CNA assigned to each patient.

    The hospital address is: University of Colorado Hospital 12605 E

    16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045 (720) 848-0000. His room number is 319.

    PLEASE NOTE!! NO FLOWERS OR PLANTS due to infection risk!

    Finally, Cindy has opened a Sharing Bridge page and the information

    follows. It may be some time before she is able to really send out
    a lot of information, but I'll begin cutting back on my email as
    she's able to get more information out. 831

    A Donation account has been set up at US Bank. It is titled Rod Hessler Fund. The account can be looked up at any US Bank Branch on our Donation site.

    Ed Kaufman
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    303 North Broadway
    Billings, MT 59101
    Phone: (406) 657-8055
    Fax: (406) 657-8110
    Mailstation: EP-MT-0520


    "If you want to blend in, Ride the Bus"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby558 View Post
    Supa & I were deeply saddened to hear of this horrible accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rod & Cindy for a speedy recovery.

    I just Received this bit of information today and thought you all might send your prayers for Rod

    I am Rod's brother and I wanted to let you know some information about Rodney. He was in a very serious explosion and fire at his shop on Feb 28 that destroyed the building and his business as well as seriously injured Rod. He is burned over 40% of his body. We are all at the burn center in Denver. The prognosis is good for recovery, but he has a lot of surgeries and skin grafts to go through. Today was the first of the surgeries. The estimation from the hospital is he will be in intensive care for 40 days and then another month in acute rehab in Denver before he is released to go home to Billings for further rehab, which they say will be months. This is going to be a very long and painful recovery with set backs we are told.

    I was able to find your email in Rod's account. He is unable to email or talk on the phone right now. He is bound and determined to not cancel the June car rally, however, the rest of us are more realistic that it may be extremely difficult if not impossible for Rod to do so. We are afraid if we forced him to cancel it, he would be very disappointed and lose some drive during recovery. He has enough to worry about with his business destroyed and his health in a very precarious condition.

    The family wants you to know that there MAY be a possibility that Rod will have to call off the rally and felt it would only be fair that we let you know what has happened so you are not surprised as the date approaches if he must cancel it. He is SO looking forward to it.

    I hope you have the other attendees email addresses, because I have not found them in his email yet. So could you pass this information on to them all?

    You can keep track of Rod's progress at and search for Rodney Hessler

    Thank you,
    Marvin Hessler (brother)
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    date purchased oct 4th 2012 at the time she had 20758 miles on her.

    Every time I see my "BABY" I smile and say to myself, "I still don't believe i am a owner of this Great car".

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    Default Speedy Recovery Rod!

    I have not had the pleasure of meeting Rod but from the support he is receiving in this forum I know he is an awsome person. My wife, Judy, and I will offer our support to Rod and Cindy through our thoughts and prayers as they go through this most difficult time. We pray for nothing but the most speediest of recoveries.

    Stay strong, both of you.


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    Here's a picture of Rod & Cindy in Bowling Green, KY 2011. Rod, I hope we see you up & doing well real soon. It will be great to hear you laugh again. Speedy recovery!

    Life's too short to drive a boring car

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    Rod & thoughts and prayers are with you......hope you have a speedy recovery.
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    Such terrible news!

    Though I know the recovery will be tough, a full recovery, friends and family is what counts!

    Have not met personally, but being a XLR owner I probably already know you!

    Thoughts and Prayers for a speedy and full recovery!

    John and Reese

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    Rod and Cindy,

    You are in our prayers. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

    Carter and Sue

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    Extremely sorry to read of the terrible accident. Maryann & I will remember you and Cindy in our prayers. We're hoping you surprise all the doctors and that you'll be
    up and around long before anyone would have predicted!

    Floyd & Maryann

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    Here's hoping for a full and speedy recovery. Hang tough.

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