2017 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hiker: Samantha Lewandowski

By Samantha Lewandowski

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Did you know that 22% of soldiers who are injured in battle suffer from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for a total of over 361,000 between 2000 – 2016. And did you also know that many TBI patients are sent to the hospital at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs for treatment and recovery? TBI is usually a “silent injury” because you usually cannot tell by looking at someone that the suffer from it’s debilitating effects.

Soldiers aren’t the only ones who suffer from TBI. I want you to take one brief moment to meet Jackson. Ten years ago he fell from a 2nd story window and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury that changed his life and his family’s life forever. Before the accident, JaJacksonckson was an active 2 year old little boy; running everywhere and doing everything. After the accident, it was uncertain if he would ever be able to eat, walk or talk again. He was given a 1% chance of survival. It has been a long and hard road for Jackson and his family. He is an amazing young boy who has overcome many hurdles with support from his family and friends and programs offered at The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. Despite having to relearn many skills, he has soared beyond everyone’s expectations.

Jackson is just one of the over 500,000 Coloradans living with the effects of an injury to the brain. Life can seem hard and insurmountable without support and guidance. The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers.

I’m excited to share my commitment to participate in the 2017 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hike. When I finish, I will have hiked 13 miles and 7,400 vertical feet to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak.

Even more impressive than this challenge, is the courage and strength it takes for a survivor to overcome day to day struggles that come with a life of living with an injury to the brain.

Please donate now and together we can make a huge impact for brain injury survivors like Jackson and the entire brain injury community.

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