Community Support: The Big Skate
On Saturday, September 10th Meredith Mcdonald, founder and director of BIG Life Brain Injury Group, will set out on the Big Skate; a record setting adventure by inline skating almost 1,500 miles from New Smyrna Beach, FL to Boston, MA. Traveling through 12 states and Washington DC, she will raise awareness about brain injuries, support survivors and caregivers and raise funds to expand the Big Life mission. Advanced is proud to help sponsor the Big Skate journey and help bring awareness to the “invisible epidemic” of brain injury.
BIG Life is a rehabilitative adventure club for brain injury survivors and their caregivers to promote lifestyle wellness, community inclusion, and education. They provide activities and special events with an array of adaptive, therapeutic and recreational rehabilitation both on campus and in the community. They hope to expand their facilities facility to be able to can host support groups, workshops, entertainment, speakers, and more. From their website:
BIG Life’s objective is to enrich the lives of those affected by brain injury, improving quality of life and overall life satisfaction through rewarding life experiences.
For Meredith, it is a cause that’s extremely close to her heart. In April 2009 her husband suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) after a traumatic motorcycle accident. As a TBI caregiver she experienced daily challenges that most people are unaware of and completely unprepared for. This led to Meredith creating Big Life to provide diverse and innovative rehabilitation opportunities as well as a create a constant sense of inclusion and improved quality of life for TBI survivors and their caregivers.
If you are near the New Smyrna Beach area, we encourage you to attend and cheer Meredith on as she starts her epic Big Skate adventure. You can see here what cities she will be traveling through or follow their Facebook for regular updates and occasional live streams. Advanced has made a donation to help Meredith on her journey and we hope others will do the same. You can donate here.