Monday July 21st, I started on my early morning walk on the track with my walker and Tanner guiding me from behind. I was walking with a good pace and Tanner complemented me on my control of the walker, as he did not assist with my pace or guidance. I was in complete control and feeling good about my walk. My left ankle started to gradually feel less stable as I walked but I felt confident about finishing the walk without any complications. However, 25m from the finish line I rolled my left ankle and I was unable to put weight on it. So I had to stop my walk disappointed. I was able to walk just fine later that afternoon in PT. I had good day other than rolling my ankle and put in four hours of therapy!
Tuesday July 22nd, I left for Rochester, MN in the morning to work on our SCI CAN and NRH fundraiser dinner on August 23rd. I’m really excited for it but it takes a lot of work! So Alex Peterson aka AP and I visited different businesses around Rochester to give out our flier for the event and to see if we could obtain some sponsors and auction items. We spent 8 hours visiting different businesses! Once people learned about the work we have done and what we are planning to do, everyone was really interested on helping! Because we are opening up the first ever neurological hospitality home in Rochester at the beginning of September. This initial house will offer affordable housing for family members of persons hospitalized for neurological illnesses and injuries at the Mayo Clinic Hospitals. Unlike a hotel, the house will provide opportunities for those going through similar stressful situations to come together as a community where they can support one another. The event will include social hour, dinner, speakers, and a silent auction. Featured speaker is Ben Utecht, former NFL player, now national spokesperson of the American Brain Foundation, after sustaining traumatic brain injury from concussion. We want to fill the room with 250 people! So visit the event page to learn the details of the event and to RVSP.
Wednesday July 23rd, I went to Bremwood Residential Treatment Center in Waverly to give a talk and a program on overcoming adversity. My girlfriend, Emily Summers, organized the program and it went really well! The kids were very attentive and learned a lot. I gave them all my wristband to have and they loved it. These kids go through so much and my heart breaks to hear their stories but they are resilient! I hope my talk can help them in some way.
When I got back to Decorah I had an awful walk which was frustrating. We decided to “chalk it up to the game” and move on from the experience.
Thursday July 24th, I had over 4 hours of therapy of therapy which went real well. I did not have a good walk the day before but I rebounded and had a great day!
Friday July 25th, Emily and I drove four hours to Fort Dodge to watch my little sister Katie play in her last softball game, in the state championship game! They lost a hard fought game 7-6 by a walk off home run. She had an awesome career, they went to state all four years and won the championship last year.
Sunday July 27th, I headed to Des Moines to deliver a speech at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games Celebration of Athletes on Monday July 28th. It was held at Drake Stadium and there was a crowd of 12,000 people! My largest audience ever… To be continued next blog post…
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