2023 Pikes Peak Challenge Manitou Walker: Shandra Hoyle

By Shandra Hoyle

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All pledges will be collected automatically until September 9, 2023.

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Dear Family and Friends,

On April 26, 2002, my brother, Eric Norris sustained a traumatic brain injury as the result of being struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian. We were initially told that Eric would never walk nor talk again. However, with the help of medical professionals and the support of my mom, Eric did both these things. He was able to go on almost sixteen more years thanks to the medical advances that come from things such as generous donors such as you.

Since I lost my brother in 2018, I have made sure to walk every year in Eric’s memorey so that I can try to make a small difference for all of the other survivors and their families. So that they too can have the extra years to enjoy time with their loved ones.

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 2023 Pikes Peak Challenge Manitou Springs Walk. 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.

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 38 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.

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