PUCCS made an appearance at the third annual Santa Clara Valley Brian Injury Conference in San Jose, California. Amber Lindke, executive director of PUCCS, and Chris Randby, member of the advisory committee, attended the conference. Chris and Amber attended several lectures on the topic of brain injuries and had the opportunity to listen to two brain injury survivors explain the challenges they have overcome after suffering from a concussion and stroke.
Chris and Amber had the pleasure of meeting the keynote speaker Zackery Lystedt, a 20-year-old who suffered a concussion in October 2006, when he was 13. After undergoing a bilateral craniotomy, he was in a coma for more than 30 days, with no movement or speech for nine months. Zackery stood in front of a few hundred people on March 1, 2013 and gave a speech about his journey from near death to where he is today. It’s an understatement to say that his speech was incredibly moving.
Zackery has been an advocate of concussion prevention and with the help of his attorney, they developed a first-in-the-national legislation requiring written medical clearance following a concussion, before returning to practice or competition. The law, known as “Lystedt Law,” has served as the model legislation for 40 other states and has received the endorsement and support of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the NFL.
PUCCS was awarded the Richard Patterson Advocacy Award. PUCCS won one of four awards given out at the conference and nominations had gone out to more than 50,000 individuals and organizations. Chris and Amber had the opportunity to accept the award during the Award Ceremony at the conference. PUCCS wants to thank all of its volunteers and donors for their continued support and for helping to move forward its mission to prevent concussions as an injury in all sports.