As my case for support, I share a Facebook post that I crafted in February of this year. The sentiment resonates today:
My colleagues and I are privileged to be entrusted with the care and rehabilitation of adults who have sustained brain injuries. I can’t speak in specifics about my people other than to tell you they are heroes. Their stories are varied: Type A professionals who were suddenly struck down by heart attack at the top of their game, to the invisible that you encounter panhandling on street corners who’s human frailty succumbed to a bad fix. I often tell people if you put 10 of my clients in one room, a brain injury may be the only thing they have in common. They have all found themselves thrown into a community that is not of their choosing, and all too often abandoned by friends and family. The manifestation of their injuries range from those who struggle to get a bite of food from their plate to their mouth, to some who are on the brink of rehabilitating out of our program due to their progress, but have no idea where they will find belonging outside of our walls. Everyday that I am in their presence I am reminded of the quote “There but for the grace of God go I.”. Some days I am overcome with satisfaction when a client thanks me for helping them. Other days I’m filled with humility when a client with whom I’ve been working hand-in-hand for months introduces themselves to me as if we’ve never met. I absolutely love my work and I love my people. In helping them establish personal goals to work on I often ask the question “what gets you out of bed in the morning?”. If they ever thought to ask me the same thing, my answer would be “You”.
Your donation to my campaign will benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, and the people who keep my world turning. Climb with me and I’ll introduce you to a few! ;0)