2015 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hiker: Sarah Moore

By Sarah Moore

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Some people run, some grow mustaches, and some ride bikes to raise money and awareness for a certain cause. This summer, I am going to hike some of Colorado’s amazing 14ers (that’s Colorado speak for summiting a 14,000 foot mountain) to aid and bring more awareness to those who suffer from brain injuries. My friend, Erin Meyer, and I are doing it to honor of the life of Mason James Ray. We hope to raise money for his family and the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC).   We have started a team called 14ers for Mason James to honor the 14 days of his life. We will hike at least one 14er or an endurance hike (14 Miles or more) in June, July, August, and September. Anyone is welcome to join us for a hike, donate to Mason James Ray’s family , and/or sponsor us in the Pikes Peak Challenge to benefit BIAC.   Here is the information on how you can donate to this cause. Read past that to find out what has prompted me to hike!

If you would like to help me rally around brain injury patients and their families this summer, there are two ways to do so:

  1. You can visit gofundme.com and enter the account name ‘Baby Mason James Ray Medical Fund‘. The money donated will go directly to Laura and Ian to aid with the expenses they incurred during and after Mason’s life.
  2. You can sponsor me for in the Pikes Peak Challenge. Donations to my team will benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. Please make donations at the following link: https://www.pikespeakchallenge.com/campaigns/2015-pikes-peak-challenge-summit-hiker-sarah-moore/

Now that the formality of asking for your money is out of the way… I want to address why I would like to raise money for this cause. Unfortunately, all of us know somebody that has been effected by a brain injury. Brain injuries span from stroke to seizures to traumatic injuries of the head and neck.

This spring I had the terrible experience of watching good friends, Laura and Ian Ray, lose their newborn son, Mason James. He suffered at least one perinatal stroke during Laura’s pregnancy. After his birth, any and all steps were taken by Mason’s family to try to help his condition. However, the injury from his stroke(s) was too much for him to survive.   Mason James Ray was born on March 24th and lived just 14 days.

Brain injury is not foreign to me.  I was in a car accident in May of 1992 and suffered brain and spinal cord injuries. With the help of my family (Mom, Dad, Marc and Liz helped in more ways than they know) and countless friends, I made huge strides in recovery. 10 years after the accident, I married Jeremy. With his help, I continued to try new challenges and do things that I didn’t think where possible for a person with my injuries.  So, while rowing boats and peeling potatoes are not my strengths, I still have a lot of fun in life! Hiking, skiing, and other mountain activities are some of my passions that my injuries have not limited. Since Jeremy and I moved to Colorado, we have hiked a few 14ers. But why stop at a just a few? And why not do it for a cause?? There is no doubt that hiking 14ers is a challenge. I will hike in honor of Mason James and the 14 days he blessed this world. I will also hike 14ers to honor those that have suffered brain injuries and may not be able take on this challenge.




I’m participating in the Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hike to support the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC). When I finish, I will have hiked 13 miles and 7,400 vertical feet to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak to join other hikers and supporters in celebration of brain injury awareness.

Although this is quite an undertaking considering the altitude, possible weather conditions and other athletic requirements I might encounter, it pales in comparison to what survivors of a Brain Injury face every day. Did you know that there are over 200,000 individuals living with the effects of a brain injury in Colorado and that 5,000 new cases are reported every year?

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is dedicated to serving individuals affected by all forms of injuries to the brain such as stroke, TBI, tumor, anoxia and infection.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for survivors by connecting them with resources to help navigate the path of rehabilitation.Thank you so much for your support! Without you, BIAC cannot offer the much needed services to the brain injury community in Colorado.

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