Survivor Don Strom

Don Strom


Don Strom, whose journey back from a devastating brain aneurysm, has become an inspiration for many. Don served for 14 years on the board of directors of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. “I joined the Board in 1994, so after all those years I think I’ve earned a vacation,” said Don upon his retirement. [...]

Survivor Silver Becerra

Silver Becerra


On January 1, 2000, Silver was in an accident involving a big rig, in which she suffered physical trauma as well as a moderate brain injury.  Before the accident, Silver graduated from college earning a degree in computer information systems.  She no longer has those skills, due to the impact of the collision.  Since then, [...]

Survivor Kyle Cooprider

Kyle Cooprider


Kyle Cooprider suffered a brain injury following an automobile accident in Germany in 1989.  Since his injury, Kyle has discovered his gifts as an artist.  His art work was selected in 2009 for the invitation for Sharp HealthCare’s “Victories of Spirit” award celebration. Kyle’s story is a wonderful example of  Sharp’s theme, “A Life with [...]

Survivor Todd Bruce

Todd Bruce


Todd Bruce is a survivor of three head traumas occurring in the early 80’s.  Two anoxia episodes from seizures added to his personality and cognitive challenges. Todd’s sense of humor and artistic interests innately developed with childhood. His pottery talents began in adolescence at a northern Michigan community college. Since 2002 he has worked at [...]

Survivor Hayley Brown

Hayley Brown


On June 2, 2012 Hayley Brown, 18, was volunteering with the Flying Doctors of Mercy (Liga International) on a medical mission in México when the airplane in which she was traveling struck power lines and crashed inverted into a river. The pilot died from his injuries, and Hayley, sitting just behind the pilot,was ejected from [...]

Survivor Kyle Bowen

Kyle Bowen


One of ARTS’ Empower students, Kyle Bowen, is known for his intricate Mandala artwork.  After suffering debilitating injuries as a teenager, Kyle has used art as a form of cognitive exercise to help heal from inflicted head trauma. “ARTS is helping me to achieve my goals and dreams of being successful as an artist by [...]

Nicole Schlimer photo

Nicole Schlimmer


Nicole is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, and was living & working as a Pastry Chef at a Sheraton resort in Kona, Hawaii. She was injured when she fell from an open Jeep in August, 2009. Nikki enjoys reading, movies, time with friends, workouts at the gym, and still loves to cook & bake. Periodically [...]

Survivor Kurt Rotzinger

Kurt Rotzinger


My name is Kurt Rotzinger.  In 2003, I suffered a stroke.  Since then I have picked up a love for painting.  After with my wife’s passing, July of 2007, I now find myself painting just about everyday.  I am 52 years of age, have a 22 year old son and a 16 year old daughter [...]


Donna Benson


Donna Benson was camping with friends at Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada when she suffered a grand mal seizure in the middle of the night. The next thing she knew, she was waking up from surgery to remove a brain tumor.


James Lewis


It was my first year of college and I was studying to be an underwater technician. I had decided to go for a night of drinking and getting high with two of my buddies. I knew I should not be driving, but I just wanted to get home and sleep.

Roberta, a TBI survivor

Roberta Adins


I slowed down for heavy traffic, but the truck behind me failed to do so. His high velocity pushed my car under an 18 wheeler. Luckily, I don’t remember being air lifted and was in a coma for six weeks. I woke up to find I had suffered a TBI.


Brian Regalot


This journey I crossed forms a heartening keystone in my transformed life. Pay a visit and I suspect you will offer a receptive nod toward the influences that plotted to reward me, give life back to me, and carry me forward at a friendly pace.


Betty Santohigashi


Betty Santohigashi enjoyed a day that those of us fortunate enough to live in San Diego, take for granted. The only thing clouding that day was an unrelenting headache that pounded in her head as rhythmically as the waves hitting the La Jolla shore and didn’t seem to be relieved by the Tylenol she kept taking.


Darryl Weiss


Darryl Weiss will never give up. Not after four strokes, three seizures, and two life-saving brain surgeries. The former general counsel and secretary for Telgian Corporation in San Diego, California, presses on despite these challenges.


Patsy Sholders


Medical Professional; Instructor, Kaplan College; Brain injury survivor