BENEFITING: BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 16, 2016
A year ago I was in a bike crash and sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. This type of injury is life changing, and completely invisible. It creates a sense of isolation, as people with mTBI often have trouble driving or working. They can deal with light and sound sensitivities, migraines, nausea, disorientation, and more. Recovery has been a slow process, and I still have a long way to go. Over the past year, running has been one of the few things I could do, and I am thankful for that outlet as a means to fight the depression that is so common among TBI patients. Running has been a big part of my life for many years, and I wanted to run the Run Rabbit Run 100 miler this year, long before the crash. With approval from my doctors and therapists, the guidance of a great coach, and the help of my husband and friends, I have been training for this 100 mile race, and I am ready. This run is about more than me, and I want to be able to help other people. The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado helps TBI patients find doctors, therapists, or support groups, and gives grants to people during what is often a financially devastating time. Not being able to work for very long periods of time, and being faced with bills for therapies that are frequently not covered by insurance, there are many people that don't get the help they need. BIAC helped me, and I want to give back. Thank you for your support.