TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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Itty-Bitty GIant Steps for BlogSPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty Giant Steps will provide a venue for brain-injury survivors and caregivers to shout out their accomplishments of the week.

If you have an Itty-Bitty Giant Step and you would like to share it, just send an email to me at neelyf@aol.com.

If you are on Facebook, you can simply send a Private Message to me. It need only be a sentence or two. I’ll gather the accomplishments and post them with your name on my blog approximately once a week. (If you do not want your last name to be posted, please tell me in your email or Private Message.)

I hope we have millions of Itty-Bitty Giant Steps.

Here are this week’s Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

Runners+-+Cartoon+4Jeffrey Smallwood (survivor)…This month is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. Last weekend, I ran my first 5K run. marathon_race_male_runner_5k_bumper_sticker-r9dbbd0f42d254ebb8b5c309ad75f5967_v9wht_8byvr_324I did it for brain injury awareness. My local organization raised over twelve thousand dollars, which will continue to fund our clubhouse. My running is not pretty, as I’m a fat guy. I still felt the burn two days later. This was big for me, as I’ve done something I’ve never done before. A shout-out to all my fellow Canadian brain injury survivors!

Dave Villarreal SurvivorDave Villarreal (survivor)…Dave Villarreal joined the competition at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. 11252643_481277165373324_6491726304375694714_nIn this week-long event (June 21–26), Dave took part in many events, including shot put, javelin, handcycling, archery, and rifle shooting.

He is the proud recipient of two medals. He won a silver medal in shooting and a gold medal in archery!

And, he came in the top five for handcycling! Dave Villarreal Survivor 2He says, “That was my best race yet. What an awesome rush!” Dave’s advice: “Get out and LIVE your life. Have fun.”

YOU did it!

Congratulations to all contributors!

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(Photos compliments of contributor.)

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