The brain is the organ of destiny. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.
Dr. Wilder Penfield, American-Canadian Neurosurgeon
Skulls and Drills is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping people in need of brain surgeries who lack the resources to afford the vital procedure.
We understand the fatal outcomes that can result when one receives inadequate or no treatment, so we work to alleviate this huge issue. Through donations, we provide financial help for those unable to afford care for brain related injuries.
The story of Skulls & Drills stems from our family’s personal experience. During the winter of 2017, as families celebrated the Christmas holidays with traditions and cheer, ours anxiously waited in the Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Our world felt like it was falling apart once we heard that our mom needed emergency brain surgery due to a subdural hematoma, which is a collection of blood outside the brain. With our mom’s incredible strength and support from our extended family and friends, the surgery was successful, and our mom was recovering incredibly fast. However, within a month as the smiles returned to our faces and our hope was restored, our mom started feeling similar symptoms like the ones she had originally felt before the first surgery. Rushing to the hospital- we faced the terrible news that we did not even want to imagine. The collection of blood outside of her brain had returned, and she needed surgery again. With a strong feeling of déjà vu, we gathered our strength and repeated the whole process from the very beginning. The second recovery process was somber, due to the constant fear of a third surgery. Luckily, she was able to complete her recovery process, with her being fully healed by the end.
Months later, as we pieced ourselves back together and reflected on our state during that winter, we realized how extraordinarily fortunate we were. We thought of how others are not as fortunate to receive treatment, due to the incredibly high costs of brain surgery and subsequent care. The worst part is that it doesn’t favor the rich or poor; brain trauma can occur to anyone. At that point it just becomes a question of what financial situation you are in, just furthering the unfairness of life. We pondered a way to give back and help others going through the same experience that our family did. Soon after, Skulls & Drills was born.
Skulls & Drills is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a mission to make brain surgeries possible for those who need it but cannot afford it. We partner with hospitals internationally to ease the financial burden of brain surgery. Through donations and fundraisers, we provide financial help for those unable to afford care for brain-related injuries. We understand the fatal outcomes that can result when one receives inadequate or no treatment, so we work to alleviate this huge issue. Just as lucky as our family was with the ability to save our mom, we try to give the gift of life to other families going through the same experience.
For more information on Skulls and Drills, visit our website at https://skullsanddrills.org/