Why We Exist
Ten days after suffering a severe traumatic brain injury in a car accident, Lukasz’ doctors advised his family to consider removing him from life support. They were told that if he survived, he would remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.
Believing he would recover, his family rejected that advice and refused to let him go. One month later, Lukasz emerged from his coma and spoke his first words: “Mama.”
Working tirelessly on his rehabilitation programs over the last five years, Lukasz now lives at home with his family and is independent in daily activities such as dressing, personal hygiene, and household chores. He works out at the fitness centre five days a week, snowboards using an adaptive board and he is enjoying cooking again.
Lately he’s been developing his public speaking skills, too. He helped raise $268,000 for ARBI as the keynote speaker in our 2011 Sponsor Our Survivors Breakfast. He has spoken to doctors and nurses at the Foothills Trauma Unit. Most recently, Lukasz gave his first speech at the PARTY Program (Preventing Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth), teaching kids about making safe choices.
Last year, Lukasz was featured in a national TELUS Campaign, Empowering a Generation of Opportunity.