Brain Bolt 5K in Carmel to support traumatic brain and spine injury survivors


By Sammy Bredar

Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine is hosting its seventh iteration of the Brain Bolt 5k Run/Walk Oct. 1 at the gazebo at Civic Square in Carmel. Proceeds benefit the care and treatment of survivors of brain injury and neurotrauma through The Neurosurgery Foundation at Goodman Campbell.

Dr. Richard Rodgers, a neurosurgery specialist at Goodman Campbell, notes how the 5K has benefited survivors and their families.

“Our 5K, from all the ones that I’ve participated in, has the most family involvement,” Rodgers said. “It is a family-friendly event, and part of that I think is because a lot of the families are also there because of the survivors. Brain injury and neurotrauma affects the patient, obviously, but it affects the family as a whole, so I think it’s pretty important to see that.”

Rodgers also noted how proceeds from the 5K help fund positions in the foundation, grants, survivor support groups and more.

“It’s to advance both our neurotrauma research programs and our academic programs related to neurotrauma, and also to further fund potential patient-related benefits from it,” Rodgers said.

Attendees can enjoy food, drinks and participate in various activities after the race.

“We always have several educational booths of various types all related to, in some way, neurotrauma or support of survivors,” said Derek Cantrell, Goodman Campbell executive director.

Admission to the event is $35. Participation is also available virtually through the RaceJoy app. This year will also feature an inclusive survivor course that will accommodate various physical abilities.

Those who are unable to attend the race are welcome to make a monetary or in-kind services/products donation through Goodman Campbell.

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