Mass. Man Running 64 Miles for 64,000 Brain Injuries
REGION (WGGB) – On Thursday, BJ Williams crosses the Memorial Bridge, but for now that’s just the warm up. Friday is the real start on a run he has long anticipated, from the New York border to his home in Longmeadow.
“Sixty-four miles, which equals to 64,000 individuals who had brain injuries last year just in Massachusetts,” Williams explains.
A long road ahead – yes, but it’s nothing compared to the struggles faced after he was ejected over 100 feet on the Mass. Pike in an accident.
This led to his own brain damage.
“My smell and taste have been lost and will never come back. I’m permanently deaf in my right ear. I’ve had five skin grafts, four skull fractures, but the biggest thing was that it took away hockey. Those were the dreams and goals I worked for from age 3 to 21,” Williams adds.
But now he has a new goal: to be the first person with a traumatic brain injury to run across the entire state.
And he’s well on his way, already completing the first stretch in 2010 from Longmeadow to Boston. This time, he plans to set a steady pace and he encourages others to join along the route.
Williams plans to cross the Memorial Bridge about mid-morning on Saturday and his goal is to complete the entire journey is under 20 hours.
“Eighteen hours is the push, but 16 hours is my goal,” Williams says.
The main focus is to raise awareness, because a brain injury can be prevented, but he also raises funds for his passion, and his now career with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.
“I’m aiming to raise about $100 a mile, adds up to $6,400 for 64 miles.”
You can CLICK HERE to visit BJ William’s page.