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Walk will benefit brain injury survivors

Posted: March 5, 2014 - 12:07am

March is brain awareness month and organizers from NeuroRestorative Georgia and the Walton Foundation are presenting the fifth annual brain injury awareness walk.

Run, Walk or Roll for Brain Injury Awareness and Prevention will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 8, at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

Patty Goolsby, walk co-chairwoman and program director at NeuroRestorative Georgia, said the walk will be held to benefit The Augusta Brain Injury Support Group, Camp Hardgrove, a camp for survivors of brain injury, and the Brain Injury Association of Georgia.

“We hope to have 200 people that are at the walk and they will be stroke survivors, brain injury survivors, (and) traumatic brain injury survivors,” Goolsby said.

This year, although nothing new will happen, Goolsby said she hopes to have more involvement from the brain injury survivors at Fort Gordon.

Troy Macifak, a patient at the NeuroRestorative Georgia, said this is his first time at the walk and he’s excited about it.

“I think I’m looking forward to seeing all the people get back together, although we’re kind of like a family at this center and getting to see all the people that have left and see them come back for the walk is the thing I’m looking forward to the most,” Macifak said.

Registration is $20 ($10 for brain injury survivors), and includes a T-shirt and lunch.

To sign up or for more information, visit augustabraininjurywalk.kintera.org or contact Patty Goolsby at (706) 840-9676 or at patty.goolsby@neurorestorative.com.

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