2018 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hiker: Matt Taylor

By Matt Taylor

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Round 2

Ready!!?? HIKE!!!

It has been a year since I summited Pikes Peak for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. I have returned to the adventure with a larger team and a better understanding of all the unknowns that can occur with injuries to the head.  It can leave them physically unable to participate in normal activities or even deeper roots that can cause major depression.

It is now coming up on nine years since the passing of my brother Jesse which his death is classified as suicide. That alone is hard to swallow as a family with amazing support system and so many people that have touched our lives with friendship. I remember being a child and watching my brother and his friends knock each other out from choke holds just for the thrill of it. I remember playing in the park with Tim and Bob at Jesse’s baseball games and hearing the thud of a ball smashing into his helmet and watching him stumble down the first base line dazed and confused. I remember the different stories of  bar fights he participated in that left him black an blue. I don’t fully understand the effects of what these different things may have caused him physically and mentally. I do believe that the support of the Brain Injury Alliance and the research they are doing will change the decision of another individual in the future.

My travels will begin well before sunrise along side some of the most stellar people. There are three new hikers joining our team. My uncle Bob who joined the team to conquer the mountain who has always been supportive and positive influence in our lives. Karen who became part of our family when she was Physical Therapy Student with Tim and stayed at my parents house for part of her studies. Finally, Jessica my partner and main squeeze has stepped up to join the cause not only to accomplish overcoming the difficulty of Pikes Peak but to show her love and support for our family. Along side The Shermantor, TNT, and B-Bob will summit the mountain knowing that the Brain Injury Alliance will help support all people with all types of brain injuries.

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!

Thank you

Matt Taylor

Read the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado’s Annual Report

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