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Monday, March 25, 2013


The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island held their annual conference on Friday. I was truly honored and surprised to receive an award. So much so I fell out of my shoes on my way up to receive it. Typical Cathy move.

What’s not typical is the initiation into this club. I’ve been a member for just a day shy of 10 years now. Early on a wise man said to me in terms of giving back, “those who can should”. Long before that, however, a young girl simply lived by the code of Pay It Forward.

And so we do, whenever we can, in whatever way we can. Because on that day when my daughter was knocked out of her shoes, we were all thrown into the unknown. Life as we knew it changed. It changed in a moment. It changed forever. And while there were many things we did not know then and still do not know now, there were some things that were perfectly clear. We couldn’t do this alone and sadly there are many too many families who find themselves in this same scenario. We are all in this together. And so on behalf of all the members of this club and especially to a young woman with big brown eyes that challenge – we will continue to do more, to do better and to always pay it forward.

When you come to the edge of the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness, faith is knowing one of two things will happen… there will be something solid to stand on, or you will learn to fly