Brain Injury Society of Toronto Profiles Charles Gluckstein as Long Time Advocate for Brain Injury Survivors
Tell us a bit about your work (including how long you have been working in brain injury).
It is always heart wrenching yet inspiring to meet and work with individuals who have survived trauma including brain injuries. Most have a great will to persevere no matter the barrier. As a youngster my father exposed me to the places such as Variety Village and the Active Living Alliance where I could volunteer as a photographer for their special events and was amazed at the accomplishments and great spirit of individuals who had suffered from physical and mental challenges. Once becoming a lawyer I immediately volunteered as a Director of the former BIST. Our firm has always supported the Ontario Brain Injury Association of which my father was a founding director and similar organization. I'm very passionate about helping individuals living with brain injuries as they are the most vulnerable victims, and the ones who need the most help with their recovery and changes in their lifestyle.
Why do you (and your family/dog - if you want to include that) participate in the BIST 5K?
It's Duke (my dog) who forces me to run the BIST 5K. He loves outdoor activities and being around people so he brings me along to drive him to the event. But in all seriousness, I participate in the BIST 5K event with my family because I believe it supports a great cause and one that is and has been close to our hearts.
What does being a hero of brain injury mean to you?
To me, a hero of brain injury is someone who has sustained an injury and is working hard every day to overcome the challenges they face, and tries every day to be better than they were the day before. I try to help those with brain injuries to receive financial, moral and medical support, but I am by no means the hero, they are.
What is your favorite part about race day?
My favorite part of race day is seeing everyone come together on an equal footing. You have brain injury survivors, community leaders and medical and legal professionals bringing their families to participate together towards the same goal. Once the suit and ties are off and the medical gowns are put away, the egos are put away as well. We are all there to have a good time and interact with one another, not as professionals, patients, referral sources, caregivers but instead as humans.
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