Traumatic Brain Injuries in youth sports are an alarming health and safety issue. Every year, student athletes from across the country sustain severe head injuries that can have a lasting and devastating impact.
It is vitally important to raise awareness about how to properly recognize, diagnose and treat a concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The more parents, coaches and teachers understand about concussions and TBIs, the more successful we can be as a community in preventing and identifying these devastating injuries.
In 2008, RJ Reynolds High School varsity football player Matthew Gfeller suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury following a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game. Tragically, Matthew never recovered from his injuries and passed away a short time later. Matthew was a talented, caring member of the Piedmont Triad community with a bright future. He was passionate about his family, his friends, and his love for the game of football. His loss was felt not only by his family and friends, but by our entire community.
Ever since this tragedy, Matthew’s parents and loved ones have dedicated themselves to the mission of helping other parents recognize, prevent and treat youth sports head injuries. To this end, Matthew’s family set up the Matthew Gfeller Foundation to raise funds and awareness for prevention and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries.
For the past 8 years, the Foundation has organized the Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run which brings together hundreds of runners and local volunteers in support of this important cause. Since the Matt Gfeller Memorial Run began in 2009, this annual event has raised over $250,000 for research on Traumatic Brain Injuries.
At Daggett Shuler Law, we sincerely hope that you will join us on Saturday, November 12th for the 8th and final Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run. Matthew’s parents have decided that this will be the final Memorial Run, and they are hoping to make this year’s event the best ever.
The goal is to have more than 1,000 local runners participate. So come on out!
We hope to see you on November 12th!
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