Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hiker: Vic Cruikshank

By Vic Cruikshank, BrainCare, a division of Rocky Mountain Health Care Services

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I’m participating in the Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hike to support the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC). When I finish, I will have hiked 13 miles and 7,400 vertical feet to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak to join other hikers and supporters in celebration of brain injury awareness.

Although this is quite an undertaking considering the altitude, possible weather conditions and other athletic requirements I might encounter, it pales in comparison to what survivors of a Brain Injury face every day. Did you know that there are over 200,000 individuals living with the effects of a brain injury in Colorado and that 5,000 new cases are reported every year?

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is dedicated to serving individuals affected by all forms of injuries to the brain such as stroke, TBI, tumor, anoxia and infection.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for survivors by connecting them with resources to help navigate the path of rehabilitation.

Thank you so much for your support! Without you, BIAC cannot offer the much needed services to the brain injury community in Colorado.

This will be my fourth and final Pikes Peak Challenge. While I didn’t write the above statement, it is very true. I suffer for one day to make it to the top of Pikes Peak, but it is gut wrenching to make this climb with beautiful people who have survived a brain injury and still have the drive to make it through every day, looking to get back to a life they love. I have met some astounding people. The last time a met a young married couple above Barr Camp. He was a soldier who suffered a brain injury in an IED attack in Iraq. He gave his wife all the credit for his recovery. It was something quite wonderful to see them climbing the mountain together.

I know BIAC and the leadership team quite well. This is not an organization where the money goes to cushy offices and expensive dinners. These are people who are dedicated to helping brain injured people and all their efforts go to that mission. Many of them have family members with a brain injury. Others are professionals who have seen the beauty of helping someone get back to the life they want. Anything you can do to help out will be greatly appreciated.

 

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