Skating 1,400 miles for Traumatic Brain Injury awareness

LELAND, NC (WWAY) –Skating across the country is no easy feat, but for one Florida woman her toughest journey started 7 years ago, when against all odds, her husband survived a motorcycle accident.

He got away with his life, but continues to live with a traumatic brain injury.

Now she’s lacing up with a very important message.

From September 12-October 14, Merideth McDonald is skating from New Smyrna Beach, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts.

On Wednesday she traveled through Leland. It’s her fifth stop on the 1,400 mile journey.

“It’s mind blowing to see the people rallying around us in the cities as we come through. But what really drives me is the people I’m skating for and that’s the people that have been impacted by brain injury,” Merideth said. “This is painful, it hurts, every mile, but it pales in comparison to how brain injury impacts somebody else’s life forever.”

After Nate’s accident, Merideth started the non-profit group called BIG Life. It stands for the Brain Injury Group.

The goal is to create a facility in Florida for TBI survivors called the Big Life Campus.

She’s hoping to raise $500,000 through her skate. All of it will go towards the facility.

She wants to create a place survivors can find support, care and peace. It’s something the McDonalds know is hard to come by.

Click here to learn more about BIG Life and The BIG Skate

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