Celebrities may seem as if they have the perfect lives, but underneath the glitz and the glamour, there are quite a few who know firsthand how debilitating a TBI can be. Now, they’re reaching out to support the TBI community.
Here are three celebrities who support TBI prevention and research.
Before 1988, Gary Busey was an acclaimed actor. He’d landed great roles, and he was instantly recognizable. Then everything changed on December 4, 1988. Busey was in a motorcycle accident, and he wasn’t wearing a helmet. The crash left him with a fractured skull and a lifetime of brain damage. Today Busey advocates for TBI survivors. When he won “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011, he donated his $40,000 winnings to The Center of Head Injury Services.
In 2004, Amy Davis was crowned Miss Utah, but three years earlier, she suffered a serious TBI when she fell during a cheerleading stunt. A gifted pianist, Davis focused on music to help her cope with her injury and the depression that followed, and she is now getting her master’s degree in music/piano performance at the University of Utah. She is still an advocate for TBI survivors and was a spokesperson for the Brain Injury Association of America.
As a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Steven Young was on top of the world, but his career was hardly perfect. Before retiring in 1999, Young suffered seven concussions and experienced post-concussion syndrome in the weeks following his concussions. The NFL doesn’t have the best track record when dealing with concussions, and Young continues to speak out. He recently spoke about his experiences and his concern the future football players in the Front Line special, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.”
If you’re dealing with a TBI, you’re not alone. Celebrities are too. If you need support, come and join our support group at community.trymunity.com.