BENEFITING: Vinland National Center
EVENT: Winter Walkabout 2014
EVENT DATE: Feb 22, 2014
Katey Oxley wrote -
The Winter Walkabout is a 3K snowshoe event to raise funds and awareness for Vinland National Center. Music, raffle drawings for great prizes, hot food, and a lakeside bonfire all create a festive event that is fun for the whole family. This event is open to people of all fitness and experience levels.
Last year, more than 150 people attended the event. Through the support of snowshoers and sponsors, we raised more than $32,000!
Why We Walk
- 3.2 million people in the United States live with disabilities as the result of a brain injury; there are 100,000 people living with brain injuries in Minnesota alone.
- 1 out of 2 people living with a brain injury has a substance abuse issue, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability. This rate is five times higher than the general population.
- Every $1 spent on treatment saves society $7 from reduced health care costs, reduced crime, and increased productivity, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Vinland National Center provides much needed services to adults with cognitive disabilities, including brain injuries and learning disabilities. On average every year, 70% of Vinland's clients are individuals living with disabilities due to brain injury. Vinland helps these individuals build full and rewarding lives through a whole-person approach to services, which includes recovery from substance abuse, mental health services, therapeutic exercise, vocational services, and supportive housing. Vinland helps its clients adjust to the "new normal" of a life with cognitive disabilities. Vinland is nationally recognized for being the premier center of its kind.