The 5th annual Brain Injury Awareness Walk saw more than 250 supporters who, the Walton Foundation for Independence reports, “walked, ran, or rolled” during the March 8 event. The walk raised $8,000 to support local brain injury survivors and Camp Hardgrove, an annual camp for adult brain injury survivors.

The Walton Foundation for Independence and NeuroRestorative Georgia present the annual event, which includes local brain injury survivors, their families, physicians, therapists, and other supporters. The Walton Foundation for Independence adds that this year’s event featured key community education about brain injuries and the dangers of texting and driving, presented by Safe Kids Greater Augusta.

A recent news release from the foundation notes that the walk is organized by and benefits the Augusta Brain Injury Support Group. This year, the release adds, the funds will also support programs of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG), including Camp Hardgrove. The camp is based at Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge, Ga, and focuses on providing social and recreational opportunities in a safe, medically supervised environment. BIAG also offers community support programs for individuals and families throughout the state, with the aim to improve their understanding of the effects of brain injuries and to facilitate rehabilitation opportunities.

Patty Goolsby, program director, NeuroRestorative Georgia, extends thanks to, “our wonderful survivors, their families, our physicians and therapists and the many others who believe in helping raise awareness about this often hidden disability.”

“According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, brain injuries impact more than 2,600 in our local area every year. Because of your support, we can continue offering programs and services to help survivors and their families rebuild their lives,” Goolsby says.

Source: Walton Foundation for Independence