At a press conference this morning, Craig Hospital received a $10,000 donation from Kevin Pearce, a former professional snowboarder and former Craig Hospital patient.
On December 31, 2009, while training for the U.S. Olympic trials, Pearce sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and rehabilitated from his injury at Craig. Post-accident, Pearce has become a passionate advocate for education and research on traumatic brain injuries and their prevention. His recovery—and his journey to accept his new life—was recently chronicled in “ The Crash Reel,” an HBO documentary film directed by Lucy Walker.
Over the past year, Pearce has travelled the country speaking about the film and spreading awareness of his Love Your Brain outreach campaign, a social movement focused on improving lives through brain injury prevention, rehabilitation and brain health.
As part of the Love Your Brain initiative, Pearce established the Kevin Pearce Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation to support organizations that serve individuals and families affected by brain injury, Down syndrome, and other challenges. He has raised more than $100,000 for the fund through the sale of t-shirts; stickers; glass bowls made by his father, famed glassblower Simon Pearce; and through donations made at his website and at speaking engagements.
The $10,000 donation to Craig Hospital is the first disbursement made from this Fund. The gift will be used to provide direct financial assistance to Craig patients with brain injury and their families.
“My family wanted to help others who are facing the same challenges we experienced during my recovery, and we wanted to give back to the community that stood with us while we were at Craig” says Pearce. “I’m so pleased to be able to help my fellow Craig Family members.”
Pearce Family, Photo credit: Adam Pearce