Big Life Provides Hope
A Volusia County nonprofit is ready to spread the word: someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury can find the support they need. Founded in September 2015, BIG Life is committed to exposing the “invisible epidemic” of brain injuries and improving the quality of life for survivors and their families.
In just nine months, the organization has already served hundreds of Central Floridians. With nearly two million brain injuries sustained yearly in the United States, survivors face a myriad of challenges including isolation, depression and broken relationships. BIG Life provides enriching activities and support groups for these people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn.
“Every day, approximately 265 Floridians sustain a brain injury,” said Merideth McDonald, founder and executive director of BIG Life. “My husband was one of them. After his accident, I realized how great the need was, and I became dedicated to providing hope and making a difference. Through sustainable donations, grants and sponsorships, survivors and their caregivers will be blessed with rehabilitation that would otherwise be unavailable to them.”
McDonald brings a personal touch to BIG Life. Being the caregiver and wife of a brain-injury survivor, she knows the importance of providing a strong support network, and investing in the lives of those affected.
“Our commitment is to turn indescribable pain and trial into motivation and purpose,” said McDonald.
To learn more about BIG Life or to donate, visit www.iambiglife.org.by