My name is Raymond (Ray) White. I am raising money to help fund a research trip to Mount Everest Base Camp for the Paper Crain Foundation. The purpose of this trip is to test cutting edge technology for the diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) on the battlefield, to evaluate the effects of altitude on TBI patients and to raise awareness for TBIs.
I served 21 years and 5 combat deployments as an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tech. I sustained significant Traumatic Brain Injuries from running over an IED, being knocked out by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG), and exposure to the blast waves of hundreds of explosions while disposing of ordnance and IED’s.
After retiring from the Army, the difficulties I was having in my daily life continued to get worse. That coupled with suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), took me to a very dark place where ending my life was a daily thought that was just a matter of when, not if. Issues with balance, memory, chronic pain, sleep problems and social anxiety, made me withdraw from family & public places. I had completely lost my confidence and sense of self worth. On one of those dark days, my wife came into our bedroom where I was crying on the bed with my gun in my hand. Knowing multiple fellow Soldiers who have chosen a permanent solution to a temporary problem, I didn’t want to be another statistic, but I had no answers or hope for how to turn things around.
I was fortunate to find a neurologist that referred me to the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH). This was the answer to my prayers. There, they have an amazing group of Dr’s, therapists, technicians and staff that are the best in their field. From physical therapy for the balance issues, cognitive & behavioral therapy, neurologists, sleep therapy, memory & auditory specialist, to mindfulness & breathing techniques, they had it all. When I started my 3 week program and follow up treatment, I was all in. I said, “Just please show me what mountain to climb and I will climb it.” They did and I will forever be thankful to these Angels! This is my chance to give back.
Please help us fund this research trip led by the Paper Crane Foundation that will be helping military and first responders for years to come. The money you donate will be used to send nine wounded warriors (myself included), our researcher, and medical equipment to Mt. Everest basecamp. Any funds in excess will be used for future annual research studies and contributions to MIBH and Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO), which will be used to fund the care of future veterans and first responders so they can find their new normal. I am very thankful for any contribution you can make to help with this worthwhile endeavor.