Dale "DJ", C


Charlotte, NC

Injury Level: TBI
Injury Date: 7/2/2009


On July 2, 2009 I woke up like any normal day but by the end of the day my version of a “normal day” was forever changed.  I was injured from a motorcycle accident.  I sustained a brain trauma injury called basal ganglia. When I wrecked I was instantly knocked unconscious and laid in a red ant hill for several hours before rescue was able to get to me.  I was brought into the ER with over a thousand ant bites all over my body, unconscious and with a severe brain trauma.  My family was told that I would not even survive through the night.  Thankfully I did!

I laid in a coma for 10 days and finally woke up.  I was unable to talk at first and part of my left side was paralyzed. Once I was stable enough I was admitted to Carolina Institute of Rehab and I received physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy as an inpatient.  After months of therapy I was able to talk, move my left leg and my left arm.  I was discharged in September and started outpatient therapy.  Like so many others, my insurance ran out, and I was left to figure out how to continue my recovery on my own.

My goal is to walk again without a device and I want to be able to use my left arm to its full capacity.  I have worked so hard and had the support from my family and friends to give me the motivation to get where I need to be.  My family means a lot to me and I do not want to let them down.  I am only 26 years old and have my whole life ahead of me.  Race to Walk provides an opportunity to get the right type of exercise to help me meet my own goals of being able to walk and being self reliant.  Any assistance you could provide would be appreciated.


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"I don't even remember what I did with my life before I found Race to Walk. When I was 23, I had a spontaneous brain stem stroke and locked-in syndrome which left me completely paralyzed from head to toe. Soon after, the local rehab hospital ran out [...]"
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