Dear Family and Friends,
On September 6, 2016, Victoria was in a bad car accident where she was airlifted to the hospital. Her husband passed away in the accident and both her children sustained injuries. Victoria broke her C-2 vertebrae, had two plates and six pins put into her spine, and sustained a brain injury. Since the accident she has had over 25 surgeries. She struggles with her short term memory and was unable to return to work until recently. She is now working at a job that she loves.
“BIAC has been amazing! When I don’t understand something, somehow they know how to explain it in a different way until it clicks in my head.” – Victoria, Survivor of a Brain Injury
Survivors of a brain injury must fight through unimaginable mental and physical challenges. There isn’t a cure for brain injuries; they don’t grow back like hair or fade like scars. While no two brain injuries are the same, they do have a few things in common. They are always present and dealing with the effects is a lifelong, day-in-day-out process. They require brain injury survivors to navigate in a brand-new world as they fight to establish a new normal.
Funding is critical for BIAC to continue supporting survivors in our state, which is why I am reaching out to family and friends to share my exciting commitment to participate in the 2022 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hike. The Pikes Peak Challenge will test my mental and physical boundaries as I raise money and awareness for those who have suffered an injury to the brain. When I finish, I will have hiked 13 miles and 7,400 vertical feet to the 14,115 ft Pikes Peak Summit.
I’m raising money on behalf of the the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado’s ongoing mission to improve the lives of those affected by an injury to the brain. For over 36 years, this organization has dedicated itself to the brain injury community and now I’m lending my support to their cause, and I hope you’ll join me. The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers.
To reach my goal, I need your help. Please consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal of $200. (or more!) Check out my donation page to make a contribution or to learn more about BIAC.
F & P Shelby