Prayer Service

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 4:27 pm 10 comments

Yesterday there was a prayer service for Doug in the hospital chapel. It went pretty well, there were more people than seat space in the chapel (some 30 people came, despite the short notice). Afterward, during the prayers in Doug's room, Dan noted that pressure in his head was at the lowest it's been since the accident.

We also have some more information on the vehicle that hit Doug (which did not stop and has not been found). It's a current (2004, 2005, or 2006 year), white Dodge Quad Cab pickup. It probably has a damaged grill and we think had an ATV in the back at the time of the accident. If anyone sees any vehicle like this around West Philly/University City, please call the Markgrafs, Steve B, or email me (

Visitors haven't been allowed in to Doug's room the past few days, but there's been a steady crowd there in the waiting room. Friday the hallway was lined both sides with people waiting to see him when they wheeled him out for his arm surgery. On that note, it turned out that the surgery was not postponed because of a change in Doug's condition, but rather because the doctor was unavailable. It was performed later on Friday and went fairly well. It was determined that his finger did not need to be pinned, and the plate in his wrist was put in easily enough. We think Doug will be excited to finally have a titanium part.

Also, the Memorial Hall crit that Doug was supposed to race in this Saturday went off well. A couple of the Drexel guys raced with Douginator patches pinned to their jerseys (this did not help them win, but it looked cool). A lot of people had also heard about the accident and wanted to hear how he's doing. It's been surprising and kind of neat hearing from a wide range of people that know Doug or the Markgrafs and want to hear how he's doing. We're hoping this website can help with that, and help reduce all the email going around, and especially the number of phone calls Jen and Dan are making to keep people informed.

– joe


Entry filed under: update.


10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nancy B. Claflin  |  Monday, June 5, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Doug:
    The prayers of many are with you, including mine.
    Love, peace, and prayers,
    Nancy B. Claflin

  • 2. Alan Ostrow  |  Monday, June 5, 2006 at 9:53 pm


    Your extended robotics family is pulling for you. You brightened the lives of so many people during your time with the team. I just know that all of the energy that you gave us is going to come back to you now in your time of need.

    We all love you.

    Mr. O.

  • 3. Kirsten  |  Monday, June 5, 2006 at 10:13 pm


    I can’t really say much more than Mr. O but we are all pulling together to make sure you make it through this!

    We definitely do all love you.


  • 4. Irene McCreary  |  Monday, June 5, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    Markgraf family….all of the McCreary family has been thinking of and praying for ALL of you in these last few days. Our hearts go out to you and to Doug! We pray and hope for God’s peace for you all in this difficult…stressful time!

  • 5. Dave Isaac  |  Monday, June 5, 2006 at 11:26 pm


    Everyone’s worried about you man but like Mr. O said, all the energy that you’ve given us all over the years is going to come back and help you through this.

    We’re all pulling for you man. Get better soon.


  • 6. Sarah Exley  |  Monday, June 5, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    doug.. you’ve been one of my best since the fourth grade and you’ve always been there for me. now i’m here for you and just wanted to say…

    you’re my hero! & you’re in my thoughts.

    love always,

  • 7. DBs  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 12:44 am

    Heya Douggie,
    I can’t wait until I get to see you again. Untill then, we’ll be waiting. Love you. ~DBs (Dianne)

  • 8. Chris and Brenda  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    We’ve never met you but we know your parents. We want you to know that we are praying daily for your speedy comeback. God Bless you and your family.

  • 9. mike samaha  |  Monday, June 12, 2006 at 7:27 am

    the updates are great especially when the progress is so good.
    My prayers will continue.
    I work with Jen

  • 10. mert bryson  |  Monday, June 12, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    just a little note again to let you know that my prays are with you all, love mert


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