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Ethan Glynn



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DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation

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Indian Hills, CO 80454

In a matter of days, the Glynn Durkin family will be moving into a new home. A home fit for Ethan and the family. A home that will allow them to sleep under one roof. It has been a journey filled with ups and downs but through it all a positive mindset and determination to live each day to the fullest – to create a new normal. DAWG Nation has been a supporter of the Glynn Durkin family when they first heard Ethan’s story. DAWG Nation is again excited to  be the vessel by which others can help the Glynn Durkin family as they begin to settle into their new home. 
Many have asked how they can help. Thanks to folks like @Bauer Design Build LLC and their many partners, much of the costs of this new home have been covered through the generosity of many in the Minnesota community. However, as in any new home construction, there are unexpected challenges and costs. This is where YOU can make difference! What if we could band together to reduce the financial burden to allow Ethan and family to focus on health and healing?
Thanks to generosity of anonymous donors, we have received a pledge to match up to the first $25,000 raised to support the Glynn Durkin family. Please consider donating to make their lift a little lighter. 


Bama Bound

Have lots to be thankful for this holiday season, including calling this fellow number 8 my friend. Ethan “JUST BE GR8” Glynn hasn’t let a life changing injury change him or slow him down. Ethan enjoyed an incredible trip to Tuscaloosa last weekend to watch his beloved Crimson Tide in person. This “once in a lifetime” trip was made possible because of the kindness of many including former Bama RB, Kerry Goode. Kerry has battled ALS for the last 8 years but still puts others first. Those three terrible letters always remind me of Sean “Gags” Gagnon, but they also remind of the amazing memories that Gags and I made together. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to check out this terrific piece by Rick Karle. Truly a beautiful example of kindness, perseverance, giving and love. Big hugs to yours today.
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3 Sport Athlete: 

Ethan Glynn’s is a tremendous young man from Bloomington, Minnesota.  “E” as he’s referred to by his teammates, was a super athlete, at 15 years old he was the Captain of his hockey team, loved playing baseball, and was very impressive on the football field.  Ethan’s life forever changed, on the night of 9/2/2022.

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Friday Night on the Field:  

 A routine football tackle in his first ever HS game resulted in a broken neck leaving him unable to move his arms and legs.   Terrifying what can happen in a split second, Ethan considers this a freak accident it could have happened to anyone. A true one in a million hit.  One can learn a lot from this 15 year-old as he always wears a smile and continues to keep his sights on the future. 


Ethan is a huge Bama fan, which coincidentally is how we at DAWG first heard Ethan’s story. When Bryce Young, Crimson Tide Quarterback shared Ethan’s story on social media, the article caught the eye of the DAWG Father as another “No Coincidences” moment.  Bloomington Jefferson High School (Ethan’s School) was a block away from the restaurant he had just eaten dinner at a few nights before.  Here at DAWG we take these things seriously and knew that we had to learn more about this incredible young man.

Ethan was admitted to Craig hospital in September. Dawg Nation has many ties to Craig. Many inspiring stories have started at Craig and grown into stories of resilience, community, love, and perseverance.  We connected first with the Glynn’s next door neighbors as they were helping the family through this impossible time.  Nate and Chrissy Grochow are the friends everyone should aspire to have in their life. We here at DAWG thank them for introducing us to the family, and celebrate their commitment to their friends, the Glynn’s.

The DAWG Father finally got to meet Ethan at the end of November. He brought with him another recent recipient, Les Borsheim of the Colorado Eagles to share his perspective as a quadriplegic himself.  Like all things DAWG, another amazing opportunity shoed itself that day when we learned that another future recipient was being checked in to Craig that same day. Ashton Stephenson is a 19 year old hockey player who plays for the Hyland Hills Jaguars, and was recently paralyzed in a car accident.   Ashton and Ethan made quick buddies and the coincidences began to show themselves in ridiculous fashion. Cappy and Ethan both wear #8,  Les, Ethan and Ashton are all right wingers, and both Ethan and Ashton play for Jaguars. 

It was made clear that day that these young men were not going through this fight alone.   

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Lace ’em up for Ethan:

Expenses continue to pile up when you look at the Ethan’s future. Their home will need to be remodeled, transportation will be a challenge, and Ethan will require continuing care for the rest of his life.  DAWG Nation is committed to hosting this fundraising campaign to help the Glynn family with this ongoing  challenge.  

But that’s not all, DAWG Nation will be hosting a Charity Pond hockey event in February, where net proceeds will all go toward Ethan’s recovery.  Dawg Nation’s: Pondy on Prior will be held in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Not far from Ethan’s home town or the new home of DAWG Nation’s own Jan Hejda.  Jan has been instrumental in organizing this event with the help of his friends Geno Parrish and Dave Fromm.  Having a former NHLer like Jan and a pond hockey legend like Geno Parrish, we hope to build an event that brings the community together in such a way that it will serve the Minnesota Hockey Community for years into the future.  

The Story Writes Itself:

In our short relationship with Ethan and his family, some amazing memories have already been created.  From the insane coincidences of the first meeting at Craig, to conversing with the ever-entertaining Michel Goulet, to hanging in the office of Mr. Joe Sakic, to being slipped the signed stick of Cale Makar.  This journey is off to a pretty amazing start, lets keep it rolling and show how bright the future can be.


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Your donation will help Ethan Glynn, who DAWG Nation has selected as a grant recipient from its charitable class. Your contribution is made with the understanding that DAWG Nation has complete control and administration over the use of all donated funds in pursuit of its charitable purposes and in support of its charitable class.

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