Abbotsford man hopes to raise awareness about brain injuries

Mark Ferreira has begun a Facebook page and plans to walk 1,000 km across the province

Abbotsford’s Mark Ferreira hopes to walk 1

Abbotsford’s Mark Ferreira hopes to walk 1

An Abbotsford man is hoping to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their prevention.

Mark Ferreira has created a Facebook page called “Brainbow – T.B.I. Awareness Challenge” and hopes to walk 1,000 km across B.C. for the cause.

The issue is personal for Ferreira. Eight years ago, he was in a serious motorcycle crash that left him in a coma for seven weeks.

“I awoke but couldn’t walk, talk, read, write. It’s been a long hard road, but my recovery has been amazing,” he said.

Ferreira plans to walk 1,000 km east to west across the province to raise funds and awareness, starting in March or April.

He has also set a goal of collecting 10,000 “likes” on Facebook.

“I am not sure which is a bigger challenge – 10,000 ‘likes’ or 1,000 km – because neither is a small undertaking. I haven’t walked farther than my letter box in years,” he laughs. “Irrespective, the goal is to make this a success, make it happen and ultimately walk for the cause.”