Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento, Full Circle with TBI

Sooooo… some of you may recall a close friend of mine had an accident in August of 2012 — and suffered from a fractured skull, brain clots and bruises, was in a coma for 2 months and had a 2% chance of living. Four surgeries and some titanium later, my friend Noe Cruz is a traumatic brain injury survivor.

Yesterday, Sunday March 30, 2014, he spoke at Brain Injury Association of California‘s Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento. He shared about his accident, surgeries, recovery, and personal journey.

I don’t speak of him often and when I do it’s vaguely, as this has been quite an experience (a trying experience, for many), but he did an amazing job yesterday, and I want the world to know that I am so proud of his courage, strength, and heart.

Things are coming full circle it seems. About a month ago Noe met my bossman, Eric Ratinoff, who just happens to be a brain injury attorney and board member of BIACAL. Over dinner, Noe told Eric his story. Blown away, Eric suggested Noe speak at Walk for Brain Injury. I contacted BIACAL, and voilà, Noe became a part of the event’s program.

How crazy it is how the universe lines up… and at the right time. Eighteen months after his accident, Noe is ready to share his story and inspire others, and the perfect opportunity presented itself.

Look for the video of his speech soon! (It was a really great speech) 

In the meantime, event pictures can be found on Eric Ratinoff’s Facebook:

My heart is overjoyed right now. Yesterday I technically worked, but it was so much more than just another event — it was THE event and it was perfect.


March in Sacramento: Women’s History Month & Brain Injury Awareness Month

What’s up Sacramento? Everything? No kidding!!!

First up, it’s Women’s History Month. I am honored to be listed as a Sacramento “Unsung She-ro” by Girls on the Grid‘s SACRAMENTO WOMEN MAKING HISTORY 2014! It came as a complete surprise and I truly appreciate the recognition. View the article and be sure to check out the other profiles… Sacramento is a city full of movers and shakers!!! So proud of our women.

girls on the grid: Angela Rosas

March is also Brain Injury Awareness Month – and this is of great significance to me. I work for Eric Ratinoff, a local brain injury lawyer who also serves on the board of BIACAL. Naturally our upcoming #Network4Cause event on March 13th at Mayahuel will support Brain Injury Association of California and it’s upcoming 2014 Walk For Brain Injury. I will also be participating in the Sacramento walk event on March 30th, the rest of our staff will be volunteering! (Look for us if you’re there, Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff!)

But wait there’s more – I have a personal connection to brain injury. Some of you may recall a close friend of mine who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) a couple of years ago from an accident. After a 2 month coma, he had a 2% chance of living and a 5% chance of walking… it is a miracle and a blessing he is alive and walking! It has been a long road to recovery and the journey continues.

Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento

Networking and charity/cause events are nothing new to me, but it’s always a little different when it’s a cause I have a personal connection with. Dear people of the world: Wear your helmet! And join me at #Network4Cause benefiting BIACAL’s 7th Annual Walk for Brain Injury – Sacramento on March 13th at Mayahuel.

#Network4Cause by Right Light Images Suzanne Hambleton. #Network4Cause by Right Light Images Suzanne Hambleton.

More #Network4Cause pictures: http://www.rightlightimages.com/p1070447736#h507055b

Follow up Blog Post: Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento, Full Circle with TBI