Walking for Brain Injury Awareness

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Shay Harris—As a member of The College at Brockport’s Leadership Development Program, my group and I (mostly my group, since I was a late add-on) organized a walk-a-thon this past Saturday in an effort to raise awareness for brain injury. I did a lot of heavy lifting and was the photographer of the day. Even though my contribution to the group wasn’t super significant, it was a rewarding experience nonetheless—even if I had to wake up at 8 am on a Saturday (I’m not salty, honest). The organization that we raised money for was the Hickok Center for Brain Injury.

It was the first time I had ever walked for a cause, and even though our turnout was nowhere close to our projected numbers, it said something about our character—especially those of our lead organizers, Eliza and Nicole—to still walk with smiles and our heads held high. It was cold, and I had five spoons of cereal before running out of my room with the wrong jacket, but it was worth it! We raised over $200 and there was pizza! I don’t really eat pizza, since college kinda ruined it for me, but yeah, there was pizza.

Now, all we have to do is present our project and experience on Scholars Day and that should be it for the LDP Gold Certificate program. Honestly, it’s been a nightmare. My original group started off with some decent steam, but just as 2015 was racing down the cold tracks of life, people began to slip away until my group was down to two people. We struggled to make time to get together, and the project, as well as other things going on in my life, were just stressing me out. Made me want to scream (something I eventually did in a pillow. My vocal cords are still recovering). I don’t see myself continuing with the LDP after this year. It was a memorable experience, but there are other ventures that I wish to pursue. Nonetheless, if there’s anything that I learned from this experience I would sum it up with three points. 1) Asking for help can be a sign of strength. 2) Walking away can also be a sign of strength. 3) I still dislike group projects. 🙂

-Shay

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