Conquer Acquired Brain Injury
Pathways To Independence
Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa, Ontario
October 15, 2012
Overview:After suffering a brain injury that seriously affected my mobility, I initiated an activity that will become an annual activity - CABI - Conquer Acquired Brain Injury. I learned of the existence of an organization that, as with many other people, I wouldn't have dreamed existed. It's "Pathways to Independence", http://www.pathwaysind.com/. It's a Canadian organization, providing support to individuals that suffered an acquired brain injury. Each year the funds will go to support people in our community that live with an ABI. Walk 2013 – the funds will go to a Capital Campaign being run by Pathways to Independence to build a new home for people with ABI. The Ottawa-initiative can be followed at http://ottawa.pathwaysind.com/. Their current residence, on Cabin Road, provides the necessary facilities for their residence, and the staff assist when necessary. Although it provides what's necessary, it's needing to be replaced. The land for the new facility has been acquired, the funding is for the building itself.
The first CABI was global, and was a 2k walk in Ottawa. The participants wearing the shirts that I had had designed, to show their conviction, and support, for the unfortunate, but necessary, need to conquer acquired brain injury. There were participants around the world sharing their support for the same because although this is a local-solution, receiving an acquired brain injury is a global reality, and the message was delivered.
The lunch in Ottawa was donated (both time and materials) by a generous lady that owns a company whose reason to exist is to help people lead healthier lives by offering support on healthy cooking and eating. Her website has all the answers to you might need, and it's http://www.healthyeatingbydesign.ca/.
Suffering an acquired brain injury is a global issue. There were participants around the world, including Spain, Belgium, United States, and several locations in Canada. The message was the same, and everybody that participated was conveying the same message, and everybody had their picture taken.
The pictures are at http://s769.photobucket.com/albums/xx335/rwein/CABI/2012/
Pathways is about $140,000 from their goal, and CABI 2013 walk can close that gap!