April 21, 2015 on top of the North Causeway in New Smyrna Beach, I committed to inline skate from NSB, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts. In the time I spent inline skating as part of my own healing, I was brought to tears nearly every time I skated. Brought to tears by thoughts of each and every person whose life has been touched by brain injury, both survivors and caregivers, and the fight they have fought to get to this point and the challenges every day to live with a brain injury or close to someone with one. Brain injury, its long-term effects and the people it affects are acutely misunderstood and often overlooked, despite 2 million Americans sustaining a brain injury annually. As a result, alarming rates of isolation, depression, suicidality and strained relationships often accompany brain injury. I knew if America was going to learn about brain injury, something BIG had to happen. In rolls “The BIG Skate” taking place bring awareness of brain injury and its vastness to the entirety of America and raise funds for BIG Life.
I skate for everyone who has been effected by brain injury…for every brain injury survivor who had to learn every bodily and cognitive function again…how to talk, how to write, how to chew, how to read, how to walk…the list goes on and go on and on …I skate for every caregiver who has thought of giving up, has expired every last resource, has lost hope, who feels absolutely alone. It will be hard, it will be painful, there will be adversity, and there will be bad days; yet all this will be temporary. Life with brain injury is harder and lifelong.
I invite each of you to join this adventure by following “The BIG Skate” journey as I continue to train and roll out in early September.