"I'm just a guy with a brain injury... but I can run, and I have a story to tell."David McGuire, of British Columbia, 38, a brain injury survivor, frustrated with Ontario's Health Care System made the decision to embark on this long journey, in the name of brain injury prevention. He has partnered with Braintrust Canada. Braintrust Canada states that 94% of brain injuries are preventable.
"When I ran I felt like I could do anything. I had hopes and dreams again. I had confidence and courage. I was a survivor."McGuire suffered, and survived a massive stroke in 2005 when his brain began bleeding. He fell into a week-long coma. Doctors told him he would never be able to walk or talk again. He spent a year recovering with the help of a neurologist, speech pathologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, occupational therapist and social service worker. Now his focus is on living life, as he says in his YouTube video. He focuses on living his life by running, biking, traveling, writing, working, playing video games, participating in triathlons. He has since overcome many barriers such as permanent short term memory loss and aphasia. Aphasia is an impairment of language ability ranging from difficulty remembering words to being completely unable to speak, read or write. His therapy is running. In total, his journey across Canada will equate to a marathon a day for 8 months total! A Run to Remember is an event to bring focus and resources to brain injury in Canada. He documents his daily marathons in his blog, found here. According to Braintrust Canada:
- Brain injury is the greatest killer of people under the age of 45;
- Brain injury is the greatest killer of people under the age of 44;
- Brain injury kills more children under the age of 20 than all other causes combined.
- Brain injury is at epidemic proportions in Canada- " a 747 full of people injured every single day..."