Join the UCF Men's Lacrosse Team to Support The TMA!
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2015
BENEFITING: The Transverse Myelitis Association (EIN: 91-1780467)
Where: Lake Claire Recreational Area 12459 Gemini Blvd North Orlando FL, 32816.
When: Saturday April 18th, 3:00pm to 6:00pm event activities and campus walk at UCF Lake Claire recreation area. Following the event at 7:00 UCF Lacrosse game vs the University of Miami.
The goal of the "UCF Knights Lacrosse Leads the Charge for Transverse Myelitis Awareness" is to increase awareness and raise funds for research and programs for individuals suffering from Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Optic Neuritis (ON), Transverse Myelitis (TM) and Recurrent Transverse Myelitis, and their caregivers.
Our target financial goal is to raise $5,000. In doing so, we need YOUR help!
Please join us on Saturday April 18, 2015 at the UCF Lake Claire Recreational Area. It will be a tailgate like atmosphere with food fun and games in addition to the Walk-Run-Roll. There will be BBQ catering with all money from purchases being directly donated to the TMA. Afterwards, we invite you to stay as UCF Lacrosse takes on the University of Miami. face-off that begins at 7:00 PM on the UCF Intramural Fields. We look forward to a great turnout in support of the Transverse Myelitis Association.
"Sarah Brinkman's Transverse Myelitis Story:
Sarah had been suffering from pain in her Achilles tendons, migraines, and a consistent fever for a week thinking it was just the flu. Until December 27th, 2006, the day after Sarah’s 14th birthday, hit and her so seemed “perfect” life turned into a nightmare. She woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating lower back pain that was so unbearable. When she stood up to go to the doctor that next morning, she collapsed with no feeling in her legs. She was partially paralyzed from the waist down, and was admitted into the hospital. After multiple CAT scans, X-Rays and MRIs, there was no diagnosis, let alone prognosis. Sarah’s health was on the line but she remained mentally strong with the love and support of her nine siblings and two faithful parents. After being admitted to a new hospital she was finally diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis; with no movement in her legs, pain in upper body, and fear of death constantly crossing her mind. As the three weeks progressed, she began therapy and was slowly gaining strength again, just like a toddler learning to walk. Before being dismissed from the hospital, after three and a half weeks, the doctor began to cry at the site of her standing up by herself before his eyes. She was told this was purely a miracle due to the fact that his previous patients with TM are still in wheel chairs. After a week of inpatient rehab and six months of outpatient rehab, Sarah is back to walking and is about 90% back to her normal self.
Sarah is partnering up with the University of Central Florida Men’s Lacrosse team to help raise money and awareness for Transverse Myelitis! "