The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah is sponsoring a 5k Run, Walk and Roll on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, Utah. Olympic skier and recovered traumatic brain injury victim, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, will attend the 5k with the goal of strengthening the families of those who struggle with the effects of traumatic brain injury.
Registration is $30 per person, $20 for students, and $69 for a Family Family Pass of 2 adults and dependent children. Tickets can be purchased online at www.biua.org/events or by calling 801-716-4993. Runners will be timed with prizes awarded for top speeds in each category, event includes a vendor fair, raffle prizes, and an event t-shirt for those who register early. Recumbent riders are welcome!
In 2015, Olympic skier Jamie Crane-Mauzy went for a double flat-spin 720. She came down face first, incurring a traumatic brain injury. After 8 days of being in a coma, her right side was paralyzed and she could remember only her first name and the names of her family members.
She shared these experiences from her recovery, “I believe there are two kinds of luck. Controlled and uncontrolled. I defiantly had both. At the beginning, I had uncontrolled luck, I stayed alive, but a huge factor was my controlled luck. After stimulaters were put on my right hand to get it to start moving again, my mom tied my left hand down so I had to make breakfast completely with my right hand. It took me 1 hour to pour cereal, milk, cut up strawberries and put it in a bowl. That was hard, and made me upset, but allowed my right hand to regain its function. . . My recovery was completely marked by controlled luck.”
Her recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. She is on track to recover 100% of her mental and physical capacity. Fearlessly, she is back on the slopes. Her recovery has inspired many. By attending BIAU’s 5k, she hopes to personally share her story and poignantly strengthen/empathize with families and victims who have been where she was.
She shared, “No one ever plans to have a TBI or be connected to a person who has a TBI, but non-profits like the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah are necessary to provide help to those who need it in connection to a TBI. If you can run, walk, roll, or have fun at a scenic park in SLC and provide a financial contribution to Utah Brain Injury Alliance, why wouldn’t you want to participate and create a benefit to yourself and those who have had a TBI?”
BIAU is hopeful that this race becomes a lasting source of inspiration and motivation for Utah’s 52,000 citizens that are on the road of brain injury recovery like Crane-Mauzy.