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WE LOVE CHARLIE'S BRAIN's Fundraiser:

The Brainfarmers Marathon Team

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THE STORY:

Hi everyone and welcome to our fundraising page!  Please help us support two worthy organizations, the LoveYourBrain Foundation and Zeno Mountain Farm by making a donation through our page.

Allow us to introduce ourselves and let you know why we're so passionate about this cause...

Our team of three consists of Charlie McKinley, Kelly McKinley and Jessica Petrongolo.  Five years ago, Charlie was in a car accident and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) that almost cost him his life.  He was in a coma for over a month and spent another 4 months at the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, PA where he basically had to re-learn everything he knew.  

During his time at Bryn Mawr Rehab, Jessica had the privilege of being Charlie's speech therapist. When she first met him, Charlie was still emerging from his coma. She worked with him daily to help him regain his ability to eat, think and communicate.  With the help of Jessica and the other members of the rehab team, Charlie made tremendous progress during his stay and was able to return home to his family.  

But the work was far from over. Charlie continued therapy as an outpatient. He eventually regained the ability to walk and perform the day-to-day tasks that we all take for granted. After he finished with formal therapy, Charlie kept looking for ways to improve. He began working with a personal trainer, Barry Swanson of Train Hard Win Big!, and started seeing a chiropractor, Dr. Matt McIlrath to help realign his body. About a year and a half ago, Charlie started working again for the first time since his accident and has many goals for the future!

The unconditional love and support of his parents, Dave and Margie, and his siblings, David, Jenna and Kelly, have been vital to his recovery. His entire family including aunts, uncles, cousins and grandmother have helped Charlie retrain his brain with memories, cognitive questioning and emotional support.

So where does the Love Your Brain Foundation come in?

In September of 2014, Jessica had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Pearce (professional snowboarder, TBI survivor, subject of the documentary The Crash Reel, and co-founder of LoveYourBrain Foundation) when he came to visit the Bryn Mawr Rehab and give a presentation at a local university.  Charlie attended the presentation and Jessica was able to introduce him to Kevin afterward.  Both Jessica and Charlie were inspired by Kevin and the positivity of the Love Your Brain mission.  

Through this connection, we had the amazing opportunity to attend LYB camp at Zeno Mountain Farm last year. The week was more powerful than we ever could have imagined. Not only did we learn more about ourselves, but we formed friendships that will last a lifetime.

“It was life changing. I met so many good people there that are like my second family. I can’t wait to see my friends again!” – Charlie

“I am so glad that my Speech Therapy background allowed me to serve as a resource for the other members of my camp family, but I learned just as much if not more from them. Outside of ‘blood’ family, I have never in my life been in such a loving, positive, and accepting environment.” – Jessica

“I left camp feeling at peace with myself and our journey, hopeful for the future, and excited to go back again!” – Kelly

Final thoughts...

Four years ago, Charlie was in a wheelchair.  This year in Vermont, with Kelly and Jessica by his side, Charlie will run a 1-mile leg of the Burlington Marathon on the Brainfarmers team.  Please help us celebrate this accomplishment!  Your contribution will directly support LYB camp attendees and further support programs and education for individuals with TBI. 

If you can't make a donation at this point, help us reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter.  Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our page!


Thanks SO much for your generosity!!!

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To This Fundraiser

$2,775

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Train Hard Win Big, Inc.

    $25

  • Jill hagstron

    $20

  • Bill McKinley

    $50

  • Jose

    $25

  • Aunt Helen

    $100

  • B Green

    $20

  • Terry Mace

    $25

  • Marie Wright

    $10

  • Janey & Rick

    $500

  • Edith and Tony Petrongolo

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Bryan Adams & family

    $100

  • Margie Mushlit

    $25

  • Barbara Eves

    $25

  • Christi Bryde

    $25

  • Gracie

    $100

  • Megan & Mary Marshall & Charles Fouraker

    $100

  • Rose and Murphy

    $50

  • Chris & Cindy Stulb

    $50

  • Amanda and Nick Fazzini

     

  • A Petrongolo

    $50

  • Dave and Margie McKinley

    $250

  • Donna Finnerty

    $25

  • Eric Szymkowiak

    $25

  • Marianna Frame

     

  • Martha Fisher

    $100

  • West End Family

    $75

  • George Burns

    $20

  • Uncle Ron and Aunt Gwen

    $100

  • Kate Wherry and Connie Buckley

    $50

  • Michelle & Homer

    $25

  • The Stoughtonn's

    $25

  • Joseph, Lisa and Matthew Petrongolo

    $25

  • Amanda C

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Tomasetti's and Ian Carter

    $150

  • Adam Schaffer

    $25

  • family friends :)

    $100

  • Lynne&Chuck; Guidotti

    $25

  • Aunty Helen

    $50

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56% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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The Team: $62,254 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Will Halby

Amount Raised

$7,420

 

247% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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Kevin Pearce

Amount Raised

$6,500

 

108% Raised of$6,000 Goal

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Sarah McClain

Amount Raised

$5,725

 

573% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Margaret Weber

Amount Raised

$3,510

 

88% Raised of$4,000 Goal

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Meghan and Kevin Conwell

Amount Raised

$3,480

 

87% Raised of$4,000 Goal

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WE LOVE CHARLIE'S BRAIN

Amount Raised

$2,775

 

56% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Andre Gardner

Amount Raised

$2,700

 

90% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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JoAnna Lund and Vanessa Gleason

Amount Raised

$1,800

 

90% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Aunty Helen

Aunty Helen

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Lynne&Chuck; Guidotti

Lynne&Chuck; Guidotti

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

family friends :)

family friends :)

DONATION: $100

with love 3 years ago

Adam Schaffer

Adam Schaffer

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

The Tomasetti's and Ian Carter

The Tomasetti's and Ian Carter

DONATION: $150

Way to go Charlie! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Amanda C

Amanda C

3 years ago

Joseph, Lisa and Matthew Petrongolo

Joseph, Lisa and Matthew Petrongolo

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

The Stoughtonn's

The Stoughtonn's

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Michelle & Homer

Michelle & Homer

DONATION: $25

We love ya'll <3<3<3 3 years ago