While stopped at a light, Trey was rear-ended by a drunk driver who was traveling at more than 50 m.p.h. The 20-year-old was severely injured, sustaining a broken neck and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). For the next four months, he underwent treatment in acute care and rehabilitation facilities. While that period was difficult for Trey and his family, they had no idea of the challenges ahead.

Trey was semi-conscious for weeks, and during that time, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) provided his family with the information, support and referral assistance they needed to get the young man on a path to recovery. The nonprofit also connected Trey with a community-based brain injury program, which allowed him to develop job skills and start to regain his independence. Most importantly, BIAV gave the family hope.

BIAV also introduced the family to Camp Bruce McCoy, where Trey made physical and mental strides while also having fun with new friends. Not only that, the camp gave his mother and caregiver a much-needed respite. Trey went to camp the first year in a wheelchair. Five years later, the wheelchair stays home.

According to Trey and his family, “BIAV changed our lives!”