'Walk for Recovery' held at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay to increase awareness about brain injury

Event raised $60K for local brain injury programs

SAN DIEGO - More than 600 people turned out Sunday for the "Walk for Recovery," which was held at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay to increase awareness about brain injury.

It was organized by the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and Freedom House.

For many of the people crossing the finish line, it was more than about just finishing, it was about progress.

Among the walkers was Kurt Trennepohl. At age 14, he was injured while playing football. He suffered a severe brain injury and was in a coma for eight weeks. Through rehab, he was able to walk again.

"I hope that I can touch people by making my strides, leaps and bounds," Trennepohl said.

Ariel Amavisca was another walker. At 18 years old, she had her whole life ahead of her but a car crash nearly took that away from her. Amavisca suffered severe brain injuries and was in a coma for weeks.

Though her vision is impaired, she is getting her life back, thanks to the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. She is currently a student at Mesa College.

"It's a great cause," Amavisca added. "It's nice to know there are people out there supporting us because I feel so lost with this brain injury."

Organizers say they exceeded their goal this year and raised $60,000. All of the money will be used to fund local brain injury programs.

If you'd like to donate, visit SDBIF.org.

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