I'm running in the Austin Half Marathon and raising money for HOPE4MINDS along with my father and brother in honor of my youngest brother, Tanner.
On March 23, 2012, Tanner suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident on Interstate 35 in Waco, Texas. That day, a seemingly uneventful car ride proved life-altering, and an outing to watch Baylor beat Xavier in the Sweet 16 ended not at George's, but the emergency room. To say that accident changed Tanner's life is an understatement. Each day is filled with endless trips to therapy and the doctor, and sometimes it seems that for each step forward there are two steps back. But while each day since Tanner's accident has been a struggle, the unforeseen obstacles standing in his way present an unforeseen opportunity: the opportunity to overcome tragedy and acheive what sometimes seems unimaginable.
Like Tanner, there are countless other children who have seen their life upended by brain injuries. The opportunity for each of these children to overcome life's trials provides an inspirational story of courage and resilience. And behind each inspiring story, there is one driving force: hope. Hope gives these children and their families the strength to face each day. For it is "the audacity of hope...that is God's greatest gift to us."
I'm hoping that you will consider making a modest donation to HOPE4MINDS in honor of Tanner and other children who have suffered brain injuries.
Here is a little bit about HOPE4MINDS:
"Our mission is to foster hope and enrich the lives of children with an acquired brain injury through support and education.
When a child experiences a serious brain injury following an accident, it can be paralyzing for the family. HOPE4MINDS provides guidance, advocacy and financial support for these children and their families.
At the heart of our services is the conviction that the health and well-being of these children can improve over time if they have access to therapeutic services, adaptive equipment and educational materials."