When you see someone with a “disability,” what kind of preconceptions might you make? Might you think that a blind person can’t cross the street alone, perhaps a traumatic brain injury survivor won’t be able to manage their finances without supervision, or might you think that a wheelchair bound individual can’t possibly drive a car? For the millions of people living with a disability, it’s an ongoing fight to overcome these preconceptions in order to highlight their value in our society. The aim of our annual event is to create an atmosphere of friendship and fun while empowering those with disabilities for a brighter future. Walk With Thought is a 5k walk centrally based in the Inland Northwest. Our mission is to create a platform for those living with any disability or ailment to feel empowered and included in our community by giving them the ability to support their cause. In 2017, we are embracing our “think-a-thon” theme, where participants will be walking/running/wheeling for their personal cause and also learning about the important aspects of brain injury and disability. Whether it’s a loved one with a Traumatic Brain Injury or a co-worker with Multiple Sclerosis, you can walk for yourself or them. Many of our participants are either TBI survivors or those with other disabilities, we encourage all those who have a passion for running, or those who simply enjoy a scenic walk in the sun, to join us in creating a community event that will live on for many years to come.
All the proceeds will help fund support services associated with the TBI Network (www.tbisn.org or www.tbiwa.org), which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Participants and sponsors will have the opportunity to decide what their registration fee will be applied to during registration.
The choice are the following (this list is not inclusive and more options may be added):
1. Student First Clubs and Events (www.facebook.com/groups/studentfirstclubs)
2. TBI Network Support Groups and Resources (www.tbiwa.org)
3. The Annual Brain Injury and Disability Camp (www.braininjurycamp.org)
4. Brain Injury Talk Radio Programs (www.blogtalkradio.com/braininjuryradio)
Our mission is lofty, but not without possibility, and we look forward to seeing all of you on March 25th!
1. To change the way people think about and define “brain injury & disability”.
2. To break down and restructure the labels for those with brain injuries and disabilities.
3. To promote the belief that those with “disabilities” are a natural and beautiful part of human diversity.
4. To propel those with brain injuries and other disabilities to be heard and visible in our communities.
5. To build stronger relationships between the disability community and community at large.
6. To provide funding for support services that is raised in the community and stays within the community.