Community raises money for brain injury survivors

It's brain injury awareness month and local organizations are raising money to help people in the community.

Brian Hensley's life forever when he received a brain injury in a car accident when he was 19.  Now he's working to make sure that people are educated on the subject.

"The need to be known keeps getting bigger and bigger each year," Hensley said.

Hensley said the accident changed how he walks and talks and many people don't know how to respond to it.

"People who don't know anything about me that see me out somewhere like if I go out to eat with my friends and people automatically accuse me of being drunk. They don't know me," Hensley told WFXG.

Doctors said there are 1.5 million new brain injuries each year. They affect the way people think, act, feel, in just a matter of seconds. Dr. Frank Lewis, clinical director at Neuro Restorative, believes that the community can help survivors overcome their injuries.

"It's important for people to be aware of it so we can have the funding and the supports that are needed to get these folks back better and on their way to a good quality life," said Dr. Lewis.

It's been 12 years since Brian's accident. He said he couldn't have done it without his local support group that meets every month.

"It helps out because you're around other people with the injury. And you don't feel so alone and so neglected pretty much from the world," said Hensley.

Now a motivational speaker, Hensley said he's come a long way.

"It's getting better and better and I am appreciative of the people who are supporting us."

The brain injury walk raised over $5,000 to send local adults to a camp for brain injury survivors. If you're interested in donating, visit Neuro Restorative's website.