Hello friends and family! I have joined Team Jesse for the 2019 Pikes Peak Challenge Fundraiser, benefiting the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. Thanks for taking the time to check out this cause I’m supporting.
As many of you know, throughout my life I’ve participated in many risky sports and activities where I often had close calls with injury, and I still enjoy many of these activities today. I’ve been pushing my limits on a snowboard nearly every winter since I was a teenager; when I was younger I spent my summers skating and riding off ramps and concrete staircases; and I’ve been regularly commuting by bicycle for about 16 years. For most of those years I wouldn’t wear a helmet during these activities and have taken countless falls—any one of which could have resulted in a serious brain injury.
Far before any of this, as a child of roughly 3 years of age, I had my closest brush with a serious brain injury. I was running around my living room with a bath towel over my shoulders playing “Superman”, when I decided to take a “flying” leap onto the sofa, head first. What I didn’t know and couldn’t see was that there was a sharpened pencil pointing outward, wedged between the cushions. The pencil pierced the side of my temple and even cracked my skull a bit. I had to go to the emergency room to have it removed safely and to be sure there wasn’t any brain damage. Luckily there wasn’t, however chances are my life would have been much more difficult if things had gone just a little bit differently that day.
I was incredibly lucky, but I’ve known others who didn’t have that same luck on their side. I’ve seen and been told how difficult and frustrating life can be as a survivor of a traumatic brain injury. The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is helping people and their relatives deal with this difficult reality. Please consider helping me to help them by making a small donation—only as much as you feel you can afford. If I can reach $200 in donations by September 7th I will be eligible to hike 13 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs along with my family, “Team Jessie”!
Thanks again for taking the time and for considering making a small donation.
In health and wellness,
These are the faces of brain injury. These are the faces of those who fight through unimaginable mental and physical challenges. Imagine waking up in a different land, with people who speak a different language, and live a different life. Imagine the fear of learning to navigate through that unknown. That’s what many of these brave individuals take on every day. While no two brain injuries are the same, they do have a few things in common. They don’t fade or mend, they are always present, requiring brain injury survivors to navigate in a brand-new world as they fight to establish a new norm.
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. Through guidance, resources, support, and education, BIAC seeks to engage with Coloradans in as they 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.
Funding is critical for us to continue to support survivors in our state which is why I am reaching out to family and friends to share my exciting commitment to participate in the 2019 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hike. The Pikes Peak Challenge is the ultimate test of our own mental and physical boundaries as we raise money and awareness for those who have suffered an injury to the brain. Their daily challenges surmount our own. When I finish, I will have hiked 13 miles and 7,400 vertical feet to the 14,115 ft Pikes Peak Summit.
Last year $225,000 was raised to support the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado! This year we hope to surpass that number. Can you help us reach our goal?
Please donate now and together we can make a huge impact for brain injury survivors and the entire brain injury community.