Bob Woodruff News anchor recovers during Silver Bay visit

SILVER BAY For so many years, the YMCA at Silver Bay has been a place where people have visited for friendship, family, comraderie and faith. For five generations, the McConaughy family has been residing in Silver Bay during the summers, enjoying all the pleasures Silver Bay Association has to offer. Each summer has brought with it many great times and memories and has served as a great foundation for the extended McConaughy family, something to look forward to as an escape from their busy lives. However, the summer of 2006 was a summer unlike any other the family had experienced in all their years at Silver Bay. The summer of 2006 was a time of healing and recovery for the McConaughy family, and especially for the family of Dave and Terry McConaughys oldest daughter Lee. Jan. 29, 2006, in the war torn country of Iraq, Bob Woodruff, the husband of Lee Woodruff, was seriously injured while reporting for ABC. Months earlier Bob had reached the pinnacle of his news reporting career when he had been named co-anchor of ABCs Nightly News, an honor previously filled by one of the most famous news casters in modern memory, Peter Jennings. One month into his new role, Bob took his love for on-the-spot reporting to Iraq to see first hand the conditions in this country torn apart by war and hate. Jan. 29, while reporting in Iraq, Bob was seriously injured by an IED, an improvised explosive device. Bob and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, both sustained serious and life-threatening injuries. For the next 30 days, Bob would lie in a coma, his family unsure of when or if he would recover. When he finally awoke 36 days later on March 6, there were more doubts about whether he would be able to function like he had in the past. His family was told that such things as speech and basic motor functions could be seriously affected by the injury Bob had suffered. However, over the months following his initial recovery from his coma, Bob showed improvement in all the motor functions and speech in which he had once been so astute. Each and every day, with the help of his wife Lee and their four children, Mack, Cathryn, Nora and Claire, Bob showed more and more progress. It soon became clear that Bob would make a remarkable recovery and could even possibly, in the future, return to his career with ABC. His final months of recovery and rehabilitation took place at Silver Bay on Lake George. There the extended family, the Woodruffs, the McConaughys, the McLoughlins, and the Luciers, could be together to enjoy the healing waters of Lake George and the healing laughter and love they shared for each other, in crisis and in recovery. Although Bob Woodruff continues to recover from his injuries, he has taken his unfortunate situation and, along with his wife Lee, has helped the United States become aware of a growing problem in the country, the treatment of veterans of the Iraq war. The book In An Instant, written by Bob and Lee, tells of their tumultuous story through trial and triumph. The documentary To Iraq and Back, which aired on Feb. 27, 2007, showed the American people what our returning veterans are facing in their recovery and what its cost is for their families. Bob and Lees efforts will surely generate large funds, which will be primarily donated to various programs designed to help veterans who were hurt, particularly those with traumatic brain injuries. Even in times of suffering and then in personal triumph, Bob and Lee Woodruff have maintained a sense of caring for others, a spirit that the Silver Bay community also shares and a spirit that was renewed during his summer of recovery.

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