More than 250 supporters—the greatest number ever—walked, ran or rolled during the 5th annual Brain Injury Awareness Walk on Saturday, March 8th raising a record $8,000 to support local brain injury survivors and Camp Hardgrove, an annual camp for adult brain injury survivors.
Presented by NeuroRestorative Georgia and the Walton Foundation for Independence, the annual event includes participants such as local brain injury survivors, their families, physicians, therapists and other supporters. This year's event also featured important community education on brain injuries and the dangers of texting and driving, presented by Safe Kids Greater Augusta.
The walk is organized by and benefits the Augusta Brain Injury Support Group, which meets on the second Thursday of every month at NeuroRestorative Georgia, 2501 Center West Parkway, and features social activities, education and more. This year, funds will also support programs of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia, including Camp Hardgrove, a four-day overnight summer camp for adults with stroke and brain injury. Based at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia the camp focuses on providing social and recreational opportunities in a safe, medically supervised environment. BIAG also provides community support programs for individuals and families throughout the state, so that they can have a better understanding of the effects of brain injuries and to facilitate rehabilitation opportunities.
"We thank our wonderful survivors, their families, our physicians and therapists and the many others who believe in helping to raise awareness about this often hidden disability," said walk co-chair Patty Goolsby, a program director at NeuroRestorative Georgia. "According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, brain injuries impact more than 2,600 in our local area every year. Because of your support, we can continue offering programs and services to help survivors and their families rebuild their lives."
Walton Foundation for Independence inspires philanthropy to support programs and services that create an inclusive lifestyle for people with disabilities in our community to live, work and play. Its partners include Walton Community Services, which provide independent living settings throughout the CSRA for families with disabilities and for seniors; and Walton Options for Independent Living, which strives to empower people of all ages regardless of disability by promoting personal choice, independence, community inclusion and competitive employment. For more information, visit www.waltonfoundation.net.
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