Rachel Chapin Martinez
Rachel has experienced three traumatic brain injuries since 2005. The left side of her face was completely crushed and reconstructed and her left eye was barely salvaged in 2008. Her left vocal cord just started working for the first time on March 26, 2013 since emergency surgery in 2008...She is going to sing again!
She has been singing since age two. She said "to sing again is like having my heart handed back to me.”
Rachel is a soldier in the United States Army - Interrogator/Linguist.
She is collaborating with Stanford University and The Department of Veteran's Affairs to educate medical staff and the public about the effects traumatic brain injuries have on female veterans by telling her story of which a digital version is going into the National Smithsonian Archives.
ROCK THE WALK
What an amazing event this year! Perfect temperatures, lots of teams and individual walkers, terrific sponsors, and of course the inspiring survivors!
Everyone enjoyed hearing from three time brain injury survivor, Rachel Martinez and hearing her sing for the first time since she got her voice back.
We were honored to have Jenae' McNichols family with us to honor Jenae's life in song and with the launching of balloons.
Check out the link at the top of the page to the view the event photos!
Every 15 seconds, someone in the US suffers a traumatic brain injury. Of the 1,000,000 people treated in hospital emergency rooms each year, 50,000 die and 80,000 become permanently disabled because of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Brain injuries occur more frequently than breast cancer or AIDS. One out of every fifty Americans is currently living with disabilities from TBI.
An average of 561,000 females suffer traumatic brain injury each year.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.
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