Survivors

  • Donna Benson

    Eight years ago, 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. “I’d never been sick; I’d...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ruth Curran, MS

    Treasurer

    Ruth Curran has more than 28 years of experience as a strategist, business development executive and organizational behaviorist. In 2004 she had a brain injury that changed her life. She is the author of...

  • James Lewis

    How Drinking and Driving Changed My Life Before April 10 of 2002, I used to be a popular guy that was always on the go and loved to party. It was my first year...

  • 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...

  • Betty Santohigashi

    On July 2, 2005, Betty Santohigashi enjoyed a day that those of us fortunate enough to live in San Diego, take for granted. She joined a few friends at La Jolla Shores for her...

  • Heidi Lerner

    Heidi Lerner is a survivor of a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. This marks 25 years since her injury. She has lived half of her life learning to cope with her condition and it’s inherent...

  • Patsy Sholders

    Because of a childhood disability causing her to be a “patient,” Patsy entered the health care professions. She also survived a head-on collision and TBI while in college “the first time.” Since, she has...

  • 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...

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