Cedar Park cheerleader raises awareness of brain injuries
February 17, 2013 by Sarah
A Cedar Park cheerleader from the Summit Christian Academy is raising awareness for brain injuries, despite previously being injured in a car crash and suffering a brain injury herself.
Kasey Wagner, who is 15 years old, was in a car accident in 2009 which injured the front part of her brain. Not being able to drive a car herself is just one everyday experience that she will never have. However, Wagner has turned her accident into a positive experience and is helping to educate others while raising funds along the way.
She will be taking part in a walk in Round Rock during March to raise funds and awareness of brain injuries. Last year, Kasey took part in a sponsored walk in Irving, North Texas and raised the most money, according to the executive director of the Texas Division of the Brain Injury Association of America, Bill Roof. This year, she has already raised $1,000 for the Round Rock fundraiser. The sponsored walk is scheduled for March 9 and registrations are being taken. Local banner printing services may be used on the day of the walk to raise awareness of the Texas division of the Brain Injury Association of America.
Kasey has also shared her experiences with members of the Acquired Brain Injury and Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, which helped them to develop a course to help teachers deal with students who have a brain injury. Kasey knows her life has been changed by the injury but says that because people are unable to see the injury, they do not also realize she has it, which is the hardest part for her.