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Jonathan Swiatocha – TBI Survivor Training for Olympic Marathon



Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Newsboy thIn 2002, the vehicle Jonathan Swiotocha was driving was broadsided by a drunk driver. One of Jonathan’s injuries was a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which put him into a coma and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He maintains that his “greatest athletic achievement” was taking his first step. Now he is a marathon runner and is training for the 2020 Olympics.Swaitosha, Jonathan Survivor 092915 12071738_1188221344525066_1019010021_n Jonathan hopes to be the first TBI survivor to participate in the Olympics. He is bringing awareness to brain injury, and he is an inspiration to survivors. In addition to his rigorous training, Jonathan gave a TED Talk Thursday night, January 14, 2016. Jonathan’s SPEAK OUT! interview for this blog will be published shortly. (Video and story)

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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . Jonathan Swiatocha – TBI Survivor Training for Olympic Marathon" (6)

  1. Barbara Asby said:

    Way to go Jonathan – What a great accomplishment. We are extremely proud of you and will be cheering you on.


  2. Doug Graham said:

    As a father of a TBI patient I love to hear about the MIRACLES OF GOD and HAVE SEEN A FEW IN MY LIFE AND THANK GOD FOR THEM DAILY. I PRAY EACH DAY AND ALL DAY LONG FOR BLESSING OF MIRACLES FOR ALL IN NEED. While trying to figure out how to help my daughter and nephew who is also another of GOD’S MIRACLES and a TBI patient. The worse thing I have seen is how family and friends seem to wonder away when they are needed the most, and the feeling they can’t handle what happen and being busy with their own life to be there. As a parent of a TBI patient and out of love I try my best to be there, but still allow them to have their independence and let them live life the way they want. But knowing of what could happen at any given second, it’s hard to do at times. I know my PRAYERS ARE BEING ANSWERED AND I THANK GOD FOR DOING SO, CAUSE I SEE IT ALMOST EVERY DAY, “THE MIRACLE OF GOD OVER AND OVER” and the feeling of not being able to do more for her and others. I am THANKFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND GOD’S HELPING HAND, CAUSE “I KNOW I COULDN’T OF DONE IT WITH OUT IT”. BUT THE LONELINESS I SEE IN MY DAUGHTER’S EYES AT TIMES JUST TEARS ME UP AND I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR AN ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM. My daughter is struggling with loneliness and wanting her independence back and trying to hide her feelings about it. But she hasn’t gone into depression yet, but she doesn’t get out and do things like she wishes she could with friends and gets tired of her parents being around her 24/7 watching over her. She understand why we do it and says thanks for being there for her, but you can see her loneliness over friends as well. So I have been praying for an answer to help her.


    • Doug,

      I know what you mean about hearing about someone’s great accomplishments. I love to publish to offer hope to others.

      Your son is lucky to have you behind him.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


  3. lee staniland said:

    you GO Jonathan!!!!!!!


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