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Focus leader Jim Daly recovering after motorcycle crash

By: MARK BARNA
June 25, 2010
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Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, is recovering from a motorcycle crash Thursday near Gunnison.

Daly broke his left ankle and suffered a deep gash to his right forearm, Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger said. He was transported by ambulance to Gunnison Valley Hospital, where he had surgery on his ankle and had his arm stitched up.

After being discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon, Daly was in good spirits and joking about his injuries.

"The medical guys said they could see the tendons in my arm working," Daly, 48, said. "It was like the human exhibit" Body Worlds at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

"He's his usual self," Jim Fitzgerald, who was riding with Daly at the time, said Friday.

Daly was riding a borrowed Harley-Davidson with Fitzgerald and another friend when the crash occurred on a sharp turn on Highway 50 about 40 miles east of Gunnison. 

Traveling at an estimated 25 mph, Daly's bike hit a soft patch and he lost control, Schneeberger said. The bike flipped over several times before coming to rest. Daly was wearing a helmet, face shield and full protective attire.

"All I could see was sky then dirt, sky then dirt," Daly said.

Daly will be on crutches for about eight weeks, but is expected to make a complete recovery. Though he probably won't be back at his Focus office for a couple weeks, he plans to return as co-host of "Focus on the Family" radio this week by broadcasting from home.

Focus executives were light-hearted Friday as Daly and his family headed back to Colorado Springs.

"Jim is a robust, active guy, a real athlete," Schneeberger said. "This is how he relaxes and unwinds -- riding Harleys in the mountains. Not my idea of taking it easy, but that's Jim."

For more religion news, go to Barna's blog, "The Pulpit," at http://www.thepulpit.freedomblogging.com

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