Alex Hargis's Journal
Walk for Recovery Rescheduled due to rain
Written Feb 27, 2014 4:50pmHi Everyone,
The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Walk for Recovery has been rescheduled for March 29th due to the expected rain storm this Saturday.
We would love for you to join Team Alex if your schedule allows!
Update on Alex
Written Feb 26, 2014 5:36pm
We apologize for the big gap in our updates.
Alex's miraculous recovery continues to amaze everyone who works with him. He officially graduated from the special brain injury program that he was attending at the Whittier school last week, and is now attending classes full time at Carmel Valley Middle School. Alex is also working with a personal trainer and a physical therapist to work on his core body strength and proprioception that will help with his balance.
We are excited to be participating in the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Walk for Recovery this Saturday, March 1st, at Mission Bay. If you are interested in Joining Team Alex or would like more information on how to support this great organization you can follow the links below:
here is the link to register for the 2014 Walk for Recovery:When registering, you can select Team Alex to be a part of our team.The link to make a donation to Team Alex (without walking) is below:
We are so very grateful for all the love and support that everyone has given us!
With much love,
The Hargis Family
Day 96, 12-23
Written Dec 23, 2013 7:44pmWe apologize for not posting for such a long time and wanted to give everyone an update on Alex.The Tuesday following Thanksgiving Break, Alex was able to start a morning program at a school that specializes in traumatic brain injury recovery. He then attends his middle school for lunch time and two afternoon classes (Spanish and US History). His school district has also provided a tutor that works with him at home, after school, to try and get caught up in Spanish and History.In the morning program he does special exercises for brain recovery, and re-learns math and practices writing. The teachers say he is doing well.At his own school both teachers say Alex is doing great in class. In fact, Alex took the Spanish test that the rest of the class was scheduled to take; even though he had missed two and a half months. He got a 97%!It seems his brain is working well so far and he does not fatigue in any of his classes. We hope he can start back at his school full-time for the second semester in early February.He is working with a personal trainer and takes a one-on-one Pilates class; each once a week. He is getting stronger every day. He just started running on the beach to get an extra cardio work-out since he can't surf or play basketball for four more months. He did make it out into the ocean with his friends and his Dad, and used the GoPro camera to film them.Now that he has started his Christmas Break, he is starting to work on his video presentation covering his accident, the "coma", and his road to recovery along with why kids should wear their helmets. Unfortunately, not all kids that experience head injuries while riding their skateboards without a helmet recover as well as Alex has. One completed, he will visit local schools, give the presentation and answer questions. We hope the schools will let Alex show how bad his accident was, and how much worse an outcome he could have had. We also hope that parents will be able to attend these assemblies as, ultimately, they need to be the enforcers.The ICU nurses at Childrens Hospital see, first hand, the effects of head injuries that kids receive due to not wearing their helmets. They are able to explain to their own kids how bad the situation really is and scare the "blank" out of them. Their kids wear their helmets, and if not they lose whatever they were riding for an indefinite period of time.We are also starting a non-profit "Helmet Awareness" Foundation to raise money to help others. More to come on this in the near future from Alex.We have met so many people that have been praying for Alex everyday during his ordeal. Some of them we don't even know. It is truly amazing how many folks were praying and sending positive thoughts his way everyday.