Young man rides bike from Grand Rapids to Cadillac to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries

David Marsh draws attention to traumatic brain injuries.

GRAND RAPIDS, me. – Over the weekend, a young man with a traumatic brain injury decided to cycle from Grand Rapids to Cadillac and back.

According to the CDC, traumatic brain injury is a disorder of normal brain function that can be caused by a bump, blow, or blow to the head.

David Marsh hopes to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries and the lasting effects it can have on someone’s life.

“The first 10 miles are probably the easiest. As soon as the adrenaline kicks in, it focuses afterwards, “Marsh said.

In January 2019, David was in wrestling training when he sustained a traumatic brain injury.

“I was hit in the head and I’m not 100 percent sure what exactly happened just because I don’t remember the day at all,” Marsh said.

The extent of his injury was not known until a few days later when he was taken to the emergency room.

“Imagine a nail stuck in your head and we left it there for seven days,” Marsh said.

David completed months of physical, psychological and occupational therapy.

“It was exhausting. David literally had to learn a lot of new things. He had to learn anew how to speak, how to write. “Stephanie Fite, David’s mother, said. “I can’t believe how far he’s come. He did amazing things. “

Marsh turned to his love of oceanography and cycling to aid with his rehabilitation, but still suffers from TBI symptoms on a daily basis, including a painful headache.

“When you meet someone with a TBI, you understand that they may not be able to reach 100 percent like a normal person could, or that they may be having a bad day,” Marsh said.

Marsh’s dream is to become a diving instructor and he hopes this bike tour will inspire others to pursue their dreams.

He’s raising money for an internship in Florida.

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