HeadsUp Foundation for Post-Concussion Syndrome
Organized by: dfg dtyuio
EVENT DATE Oct 25, 2014
When my daughter was 15 years old, she sustained two concussions within two months while playing basketball and has suffered from post-concussion syndrome ever since. She went from being an honors student who never needed help to being enrolled in special education struggling to read, write, focus and remember. Last summer, after living 18 months with PCS, she decided to create a Foundation to help other athletes, parents and coaches learn about the dangers of concussions and particularly post-concussion syndrome. While there has been a lot of coverage of concussions and the NFL, there hasn't really been a focus on the cognitive impacts of post-concussion syndrome, especially in sports other than football. Her story has already helped increase baseline testing within the area, but she wants the message to spread further to help keep other athletes safe. Last fall, she hosted the first annual HeadsUp 10k/5k Trail Run & Walk and with only three months of planning and fundraising, she raised more than $12,000 and had more than 100 participants in the race. She's hoping to double that amount this year, but because her Foundation is so new and her race is still relatively small, she has found corporate fundraising to be very difficult. The money raised is being used to increase awareness of concussions in all youth sports, education for athletes, parents and coaches and research of post-concussion syndrome. The 2nd Annual HeadsUp 10k/5k Trail Run & Walk will be Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9 a.m. at Shawnee Mission Park in Lenexa, Kansas. Her web site has information about the race, as well as details about her situation told in her words under My Story, as well as links to media coverage, at www.HeadsUpKC.org. I am desperate to help her raise the funds needed to help protect other athletes, as well as help her know that she is making a difference. If I had known then what I do now about PCS, I would have had baseline testing before her season started and I would have handled her recovery much differently to help protect her. She has an inspirational and important story to tell and I want to help her for many reasons but one of which is to save other parents the heartache of watching their children struggle with all that I have seen Kylee endure these past 2 1/2 years. Donations of any size, participation in the event or help in spreading the word by directing students, coaches and athletes to her website would all be greatly appreciated.