When NeuroRestorative Louisiana participants heard about Blake McKee, a local man who had sustained a TBI after being injured in a hit and run accident who needed help paying his medical bills, they decided they wanted to do something to help him. Having already begun to create Christmas tree ornaments and other holiday decorations which they planned to sell at a local farmer’s market to raise money for art supplies, the residents of Hammond Place, NeuroRestorative Louisiana’s supported living program, decided to instead donate any profits they made to the man’s family to help pay his medical expenses.
“I wanted to help Blake because he didn’t have insurance or the support that we get here at Hammond Place,” said Allen Bonura, a NeuroRestorative Louisiana participant.
At NeuroRestorative Louisiana, a supported living program located in the community of Hammond designed for adults with brain injury and other neurological challenges, participants are encouraged to explore their personal interests, such as art, music or other hobbies.
“The holiday fundraiser was a great opportunity for the participants to express themselves creatively through art,” explained Patrick Rhodes, Program Director for NeuroRestorative Louisiana. “It also allowed them to give back to their community in a meaningful way.”
“We wanted Blake to know that he had our support because we've been where he is," said Boe Palmer, another participant of NeuroRestorative Louisiana.
To learn more about Blake’s story and how you can help, visit www.giveforward.com/teamblake.
Learn more about NeuroRestorative Louisiana’s supported living programs.