Saturday, September 14, 2019 Eisenhower Park
East Meadow, NY (use Merrick Ave. entrance across from Northwell Ice Rink)
Registration: 8 a.m.
Family Fun Walk: 10 a.m.
Come March On with us! We’ll have activities for all interests, music and fun- all to help raise awareness for brain injury and show solidarity around New York State.
We will also be honoring brain injury survivor’s whose stories of determination and perseverance have inspired us all.
Registration is $30 for adults ($35 on the day of the Walk), $20 for youth ages 4-12, and free for kids ages 3 and under.
Meet our March On for Brain Injury Long Island Honorees
Kourtney Tankleff Kourtney Tankleff lives by the motto, “I was given this life because I am strong enough to live it.” She has a unique love of animals, with a special passion for dogs and horses.
Kourtney excelled in her studies and reached a level of National Honor Society in her freshman year of college, studying to become an equine vet. In 2016, that dream came to a stand-still when Kourtney was involved in a horseback riding accident on campus during one of her college classes, causing her TBI and leaving her with a number of challenging limitations on a daily basis.
Just when she thought that things were hard enough, Kourtney was diagnosed with RSD/CRPS, an extremely painful central nervous system disease caused by the TBI.
After a grueling two-and-a-half-year battle of endless different therapies, doctors and challenges in her everyday life, Kourtney still has an enormous amount of strength and determination, hope and faith that with the support of her family, friends and loving animals she will be able to help the beautiful innocent animals of the world.
As Kourtney tells others, you have to remain determined and find your inner strength, you just have to keep going because there is no other option!
Ilana Shedrow Two weeks away from her 6th birthday, on April 30, 2015, Ilana Shedrow was diagnosed with encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. During the most critical time of her illness, Ilana could not talk or move in any meaningful way. She endured seizures and other neurological abnormalities. As a result of her brain injury, many aspects of Ilana's functioning have been severely damaged, but she continues to get stronger since her illness.
Ilana has worked very hard to overcome the multitude of challenges that she faces. She has regained a lot of her functioning and puts forth continuous effort to attain her goals. After her illness, Ilana could not return to school for 10 months, but now she is achieving great success in a general ed class. She participates in many activities, such as dance, chess, Girl Scouts, and playing the baritone. From June to October, she volunteers weekly at Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage. Ilana loves life and she always tries her best to continue to grow and learn.