Theo Krause gains speed as he drops into a ravine on a remote Colorado mountain biking trail. Rounding a bend, his bike hits an awkward bump, hidden by the shadows, that catapults him head first into an aspen tree, splintering his neck. Staring at the sky, paralyzed, he thinks, “This is where I will die.”
A mountain rescue team races in while a helicopter crew positions for a dangerous airlift. Hours later and five hundred miles away, Theo’s mother takes a phone call. The news is devastating. Her son will never walk again.
Finding Theo is a father’s raw account of his son’s courageous battle for life. It is also a deeper story of discovery about the people whose lives became interwoven with Theo’s: the son of an Iranian immigrant who found him beside the trail, medical professionalsone, the sister of a Columbine High School massacre victimand the cast of friends who guarded his soul.
Long after the last page turns, Finding Theo provokes questions about the meaning of “miracle” and the way the world was made to work.
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About the Author
Timothy Krause spent thirty years in the world of high technology, ultimately serving as chief marketing officer of one of the world’s largest suppliers of telecommunications products and services. The son of a preacher, Timothy lives at the crossroads of science, religion, and the arts. Finding Theo represents the culmination of a journey precipitated by a horrifying accident in which these worlds collided. Today he is a member of the Deloitte Consulting Game Changer Program. He also provides leadership, business strategy, marketing, and business development advice as an independent consultant, and is a popular motivational speaker. He is a director of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and is a passionate supporter of Our Friends Place, a Dallas based nonprofit dedicated to helping young women break the generational cycles of abuse, neglect, and poverty. He holds a BA in physics from William Jewell College, which in 2015 awarded him its highest honor for distinguished alums, the Citation of Achievement. He also holds the MBA in business management from the University of Dallas. Timothy met his wife, Jorja, a music education major, during a college choir tour. Together they have raised two children, lived and worked abroad in Paris, France, and currently reside in Dallas, Texas.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Finding Theo 1
Chapter 2 The Call in the Night 7
Chapter 3 Theo's Journey to the Mountain 15
Chapter 4 The "Miracle Toe" 23
Chapter 5 A Convergence of Strangers 37
Chapter 6 Moving Day 47
Chapter 7 Craig Hospital 53
Chapter 8 "I'm Gonna Stand Up Right Now." 59
Chapter 9 The Copper Pot Brotherhood 67
Chapter 10 Just Seventeen Steps 75
Chapter 11 The Fight for "Normal" 85
Chapter 12 Jorja 105
Chapter 13 A Long Way from Home 111
Chapter 14 "He's Back." 123
Chapter 15 "Revenge Is No Fun." 135
Chapter 16 Theo Dances 147
Chapter 17 Theo Searching for Theo 155
Chapter 18 A Coalition of Friends 165
Chapter 19 From the Beach 175