When Jeffrey Brandt, CPO, bolted across the finish line at the Race for Recovery, has wasn’t doing it just for himself, even though, he admits, finishing ahead of his soon-to-be resident, Jeff Henderson, would have been desirable. Brandt, the CEO of Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, took second in his age group-Henderson took first-and 18th overall, but the big winner was Pennsylvania’s Brain Injury Prevention Association, which hosted the 5k run and one-mile fun run/walk/wheelchair roll. Ability donated $270 to the association on behalf of Brandt and Jared Howell, CPO, managing practitioner of Ability’s Exton, Pennsylvania, practice. The donation will support the association’s programs to raise awareness, decrease incidence, and lessen the impact of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Brandt commented, “Many patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries utilize our services. It’s an opportunity to give back.” According to Ability, someone in the United States sustains a TBI approximately every 23 seconds, for a total of 1.4 million brain injuries a year. In addition, more than 50,000 people die each year as a result of a TBI.