2018 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hiker: Andrea Brooks

By Andrea Brooks - Team Kumi

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Hello Friends!

Several months ago I made a commitment to hike Pikes Peak for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado to honor my good friend Donna and her best friend, Kumi. Kumi was hit by a drunk driver her senior year of high school and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her life completely changed that day. She lives in an assisted living home now. This is Donna’s 10th YEAR hiking in honor of her sweet friend…AND…the date of the hike, September 8th, is Kumi’s 50th birthday! I couldn’t say no. I even sold my Bruno Mars tickets to make this hike because I had to choose one over the other. I am also hiking for Courtney, who suffered a TBI after a bike accident last year, and Billy (the sweetest Target employee!) who also suffered a TBI after a 4-wheeler accident. No one fully understands the lasting impact TBI’s have on survivors, family, and friends. It is with great honor that I raise money and hike with Team Kumi! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

Here is another story from the BIAC:
Meet Chad. He is a huge sports fan and loves music, movies and sharing in games of Rummy 500 with his family. In 2010, the unthinkable happened. He was in a horrific car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). After many months in a coma with little hope, Chad woke up to aChadn entirely different life. While his recovery has been nothing short of a miracle, he still requires 24-hour care and has a long journey ahead of him.

Every year, Chad’s family and friends participate in the Pikes Peak Challenge to raise awareness for brain injury survivors like Chad and to raise critical funding for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC). BIAC is dedicated to serving individuals affected by all forms of injuries to the brain. BIAC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for survivors by connecting them with resources to help navigate the path of rehabilitation. Brain injuries are so prevalent and so devastating to not only the individual who had the injury, but also their families. 
   
Chad I am reaching out to my family and friends to share my exciting commitment to participate in the 2018 Pikes Peak Challenge. This fun-filled and exciting event raises awareness for the brain injury community, while at the same time empowers both supporters and survivors as we hike, walk or roll side-by-side.
Last year $275,000 was raised to support the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado! This year we hope to surpass that number and raise $300,000. Can you help us reach our goal?

I’m excited to share my commitment to participate in the 2018 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 Chad and the entire brain injury community.

Thanks again for your support!
Andrea <3

 

Read the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado’s Annual Report

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