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Two months after his 15th birthday, Brad sustained a traumatic brain injury while riding his bike and was air-lifted to the hospital. He was on life support and not expected to live through the night. Although Brad survived the night, doctors told his parents that he would never wake up from his coma. Brad, however, had other plans.

A month after being hospitalized, Brad was transferred to St. Charles for acute rehabilitation. Here, he began re-learning everything he lost – how to walk, talk, eat, drink and think.

Eventually, Brad completed his inpatient rehabilitation and returned home. He continued his rehabilitation on an outpatient basis and, to the astonishment of many, he proudly graduated on time from high school with his NYS Regents diploma.

Today, Brad is a thriving young adult. He graduated from St. Joseph College with a degree in marketing, works as a DJ, volunteers and has a girlfriend. He tells people to never take life for granted. And, even when facing a difficult path in life, Brad urges, “Don’t lose faith in yourself and your ability to handle the bumps in the road.”

As a traumatic brain injury survivor, Brad offers this advice with the voice of experience.