David McGuire sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2005. He was told he may never walk again.
However, not long after his injury, he started running . . . first to the barber, then to the doctor who reinforced it was healthy to do so. He ran – in one direction . . . and due to long-term memory deficits, he would not know where he was when he finished. He would have to look at street signs around him to determine his location for someone to pick him up. David continued running, and completed his first marathon in 2006, a year after his injury! This was followed by a triathlon in 2007, Ironman in 2009 and the Disney World Challenge in 2010 (1/2 marathon + full marathon.)
David is very humble and says “I am just a guy with brain injury – but I can run, and I have a story to tell.”
A Run to Remember is a cross-Canada run commencing April 2011, with David McGuire running a marathon a day from St. John’s Newfoundland to Victoria, BC – a timeframe of 8 months. The event’s objective is to raise awareness of the serious issue of brain injury and brain injury prevention, and inspire people across Canada to think about brain injury prevention, with specific focus on youth.
More details to come as to how BIST members and volunteers can support David when he comes through Toronto at the end of June.