BENEFITING: THE ALAN T BROWN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: May 22, 2016
In May 2012, my father was involved in a car accident while training on his bicycle. The accident left him with a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) and, in turn, paralysis. For the first week after his accident, it was unclear if he would be able to walk again or function independently for the remainder of his life. Despite a broken neck, multiple surgeries and overwhelming doubt, the once Olympic-level swimmer was able to defy all odds and took his first steps just weeks after his accident.
This year, in honor of my father, and on my birthday, I will be running a 5K to raise money for SCI charities and ongoing research. These funds will provide organizations with the financial means to continue life-changing research in cell regeneration, cell replacement, and retraining the central nervous system, which can help and give hope to the nearly 300,000 people in the United States currently living with an SCI. Not everyone understands the emotional and economic toll these injuries take on the injured person and his or her family.
Watching the progress that my father has made since his accident and the mental determination he has to persevere inspires me each and every day. He hasn’t let a life-altering injury deter him from his passion for his family, outdoor adventure, swimming, hiking and biking. Instead, he has turned to meditation and yoga and even became a certified peer mentor to help other people who have experienced similar injuries. I welcome you to:
- donate (above)
- participate (https://nycruns.com/races/?race=sci-5k-2016) or
- learn more about SCI (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sci/sci.htm.)