The fifth annual Brain Injury Walk takes place at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford on Saturday, June 15. (Photo: Dave Hildebrand/Communitas)

Fifth annual Brain Injury Walk in Abbotsford raises awareness

Event takes place Saturday, June 15 at Mill Lake Park

For most people, going for a walk doesn’t take a lot of thought or energy.

Yet for some who live with an acquired brain injury (ABI), that simple act can be a significant challenge.

On Saturday, June 15, dozens of people living with ABI – and those who love and support them – will take up that challenge and walk around Mill Lake in Abbotsford to raise awareness about brain injuries.

This fifth annual fundraising walk is organized by Communitas Supportive Care Society and the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association.

Raising funds is a component of the walk, but raising awareness is equally as important to those who are involved.

Dylan, who has lived with a brain injury since 2014, is looking forward to participating in the walk again this year.

He says the challenge of living with an ABI is that it can be an invisible illness.

RELATED: Dasmesh Punjabi School raises $7,500 for brain injury association

RELATED: B.C. man recovering from mysterious head injury hoping to find out what happened

“People take a look at me and think I’m totally fine,” he explains. “I am not the same as I was before my accident. I am way better, but I still have things I have to work on.”

Dylan was struck by a car while walking to work. He suffered injuries to his leg and to his head. After weeks in an induced coma, he woke to discover that he couldn’t speak.

“The only word I could say was ‘blanket,’ ” he says. “I spent months in rehab to have to relearn how to walk and talk.”

Dylan continues to work with a team of therapists who have made a huge difference in his life.

Funds raised by Communitas participants will benefit the organization’s two drop-in programs in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

Amanda Lind, the manager of the Abbotsford Brain Injury Drop-In, says the funds raised at the walk help cover costs for extras like outings and other activities.

Last year’s event raised $1,900 for the drop-in, and the goal of the group this year is to exceed that amount.

A new component to this year’s event is a team costume option where groups of at least four will have the chance to dress up and win prizes for most creative costumes.

Dylan hopes that people in the community will support the walk.

“I hope that people will come out and see that, even though we live with brain injury, we are still active, having fun, living our lives,” he says. “We are all still human beings.”

The walk starts at 3 p.m. Those wanting to support the event can visit and designate their gift to the 2019 Brain Injury Walk.

Just Posted

Abbotsford Community Services announces name change

50-year-old non-profit agency now called Archway Community Services

Vancouver Canucks playing pre-season game in Abbotsford

Canucks hosting Ottawa Senators on Monday, Sept. 23

Abbotsford water polo talent earns national gold

16U athletes Sarah Portas and Annika Reinfjell help lead Fraser Valley to first

Harrison Hot Springs to consider single-use plastics ban

Village staff will come back to council with a report on what a possible ban could look like

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Metro Vancouver’s air quality could be the worst yet this wildfire season

As wildfire season approached, Metro Vancouver experts predict the air will be an issue for many

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Update: Multiple fires along the railway tracks in Pitt Meadows

CP rail has closed tracks while firefighters work

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

Most Read