1078 Miles--MD to Mizzou--A Concussion Awareness BIKE RIDE!
Organized by: Marc Kohn
EVENT DATE May 04, 2016
1078 Miles....From Maryland to Mizzou...a "CONCUSSION AWARENESS" Bike Ride. Because Concussions and Depression Ruin Lives!
From the Concussion Legacy Foundation: Concussions are an invisible injury, but the consequences are real. Rapid acceleration or deceleration of brain tissue within the skull causes brain tissue to change shape and can stretch and damage brain cells. A few years ago, athletes were encouraged to "shake it off" and tough out dings and bell ringers. Thanks to recent research, we now know that concussions are serious, and shrugging them off can have serious consequences.
I've accomplished a lot in my life (18 yr executive with Discovery Channel, co-Inventor and patent holder of Fan Handz Clappers--a top sports fan product, Inventor of popular P2 Towel exerciser for walkers) but it hasn't been easy, as I've been battling depression since a very young age. I recently discovered that I had multiple concussions (traumatic brain injuries) at an early age that most likely was the catalyst for developing depression.
Below is a brief article I did for the ADAA (about 5 years ago) that explains my depression and recovery (at that time), but did not go into the "why".
http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/personal-stories/living-at-the-speed-of-life It was after this article that I wanted to know the 'cause' of my depression. So I started to think back to times I remember getting concussions and I talked to family members who shed some light on my receiving brain trauma at a very young age.
- In talking to family members, I discovered that a car accident when I was 2 yrs old, not only broke my arm, but gave me a major concussion that kept me in the hospital for weeks. I found a tell tale picture of me (the picture included) taken several months after the accident that seems to be a foreshadowing of hard times to come.
- A year after the car accident, at 3 yrs old, I climbed a tall dresser in my bedroom and tumbled down on my head. Another concussion.
- When I was 8, I went to day camp and one of the activities the counselors played with me was "pillow fight in the dark". The counselors would give a few of the kids a long thin "pillow" and they would put us in a small storage room and shut the lights. We had to fight the counselors in the dark with the "pillows". I took scores of hits to the head during these 'fights'. And I remember going home each day with a headache. I never went to the hospital to see if I was concussed, but the brain trauma was real.
- Playing youth hockey I remember getting hit in the head and having to leave the game and go to the hospital. Another concussion.
- Playing Men's League hockey in my late 20's, early 30's, I took a hit and had to leave the game. Another concussion.
I know that there are many triggers for depression, brain trauma being just one. But depression as it relates to me, I have no doubt concussions played a huge part.
As my recovery has been slowed by the so-called "poop-out" effect or antidepressant tolerance — known as tachyphylaxis — I want to help spread the word of the seriousness of concussions. If through our combined efforts, we can make one person aware of the seriousness of concussions and keep them from going through the horrors of depression, or worse, committing suicide, all my efforts and all your donations will have been worth it.
The funds raised here will establish the Maryland Concussion & Depression Awareness Initiative. A non-profit organization that will use a multi-level approach (to include: public awareness campaigns, lobbying efforts, and support for a multitude of programs big and small) to raise public awareness of concussions and depression.
As a way to kick off this new initiative and gain some local and national Concussion Awareness, (and give my son a unique college graduation gift), I am riding 1078 miles from Maryland to the University of Missouri. Leaving Maryland May 4th. Arrive in Missouri on May 13th. Graduation on May 14th.
If you have an interest in helping with this initiative beyond a donation and, 1. would like to be on the board of directors, please let me know. 2. can donate office space (Northern Montgomery County Maryland area), please let me know. 3. have experience with professional fundraising, please let me know
If you have a bike that is old but in good condition that you would like to donate for the ride, please let me know (my bike is very old and not in too good condition...haha). Also, any camping gear that can be donated would be greatly appreciated.
In recognition of your support, with every $20 donation, please choose a 'gift of appreciation":
1. P2 Towel. I invented the P2 Towel several years ago to assist me in getting back in shape. http://p2towel.weebly.com/
2. A pair of Fan Handz Clappers with your favorite team logo. I co-invented and patented this new sports fan item several years ago. https://youtu.be/tSYUJ1vREq0
A Hockey Families Tragic Story...On the surface, things seemed fine, but later in the day, Graham said, Zander’s concussion caused him to make a decision that changed his life - and the life of his family - forever! http://www.theuntoldfoundation.org
Concussion Legacy Foundation: The Leader In Concussion Awareness and Research. http://concussionfoundation.org/impacted-lives/legacy-donors
The following organizations offer information on concussions and head trauma, to include symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Headache or a feeling of "pressure" in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling sluggish, groggy or dazed
- Difficulty paying attention
- Memory problems
- Numbness or tingling
- Sleeping problems
- Mood changes
- Changes in behavior