Lisa Kaminsky wrote -
For Tyler and all those impacted by brain tumors, stroke and brain injury!
According to the American Stroke Association, about 795,000 people have a stroke each year, and 11 in every 100,000 children under 18 will also suffer a stroke. On June 22, 2007, Ashburn resident, Tyler Roth, became a part of the statistic when he suffered a brain hemorrhage and stroke. He was 11 years old. Tyler, now 19, lives with a brain injury. He isn’t alone. One million children will sustain a head injury this year. Whether from trauma directly to the head or from a brain disease like tumor or hemorrhage, brain injuries can lead to intensive rehabilitation or death. In Tyler’s case, top doctors did not think he would survive the immediate injury. Motivated by Tyler, who refused to give up, the community, healthcare staff, friends and family rallied around him. To this day, Tyler continues to fight while pursuing his goals. He has also vowed to help others going through brain injury. Tyler spent many months in hospitals and intensive rehabilitation. He had to re-learn how to walk, talk, eat, read and write. Tyler, who is and was, an avid lacrosse player said that his Faith and trust in all who loved him, along with the goal of getting back on the lacrosse field, is what kept him focused when times got tough. He said friends and family, doctors and therapists celebrated each milestone, encouraged him and kept him focused on the next goal, but that they never treated him any differently. Tyler continues to have some deficits as a result of his brain injury but he said his left side has compensated for remaining weakness in his right side so he can still do everything he needs to do. Tyler said he still has to give more than 100% on a daily basis, but that he hopes to use his determination and experience to make a difference and to help others who have suffered a brain injury, brain cancer, and stroke.
Tyler graduated from Broad Run High School in 2014 and is now completing his freshman year at VCU. He will be the opening speaker at, and will run in, the 2nd Annual Giddy Up 15k/5k race for Healthy Heads in Middleburg, VA on Sunday, May 10, 2015 as a part of his team “Comeback (Broad Run for Healthy Heads)”. Tyler believes that people affected by brain injury deserve adequate care and that continued research is vital. When asked what advice he would share with other teens impacted, Tyler said “A brain injury can change your whole life. Persevere- work hard, it's going to be hard, it's a tough road ahead- but never give up, it can actually change your life for the better. You may not know this now- but you will end up a stronger a person. I have explored parts of myself that I didn't even know were there.”
To join Tyler’s “Team Comeback”, support the cause or register to run, visit www.GiddyUpRace.com. The race is held on the rolling grounds of the Locust Hill Farm in Middleburg, Va and will kick off Mother’s day with a post-race party featuring brunch bites from local vendors and cider samples, compliments of Corcoran Cider. The largest school team will receive the $1,000 Ed Walsh Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Talent Source International. Prizes will also be awarded for the second and third largest school teams, fastest team, and top fundraising team. Finisher medals will be provided to all 15k finishers. The course is off road, and winds through the rolling terrain of the Locust Hill farm providing stunning views. Proceeds fund brain tumor, brain injury and stroke research.