Live Like Gib is a reminder to go and live life to the fullest and pursue your passion. CVB is a great beneficiary because that’s how we make this event productive. It’s intended for people to go and have a good time, but it’s the fundraising piece that helps move the cause forward.
– Luc McCann
Off Road Racing For A Cure
McDonnell is also continuing fundraising efforts throughout the year. An upcoming off-road race May 1-5 will provide his next opportunity.
The race? The legendary National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) Mexican 1000 Rally, an annual event first held in 1967 that sees motor vehicle enthusiasts of all skill levels speed across the Baja California peninsula, beginning in Ensenada and finishing in Cabo San Lucas, in a five-day, 1,300-mile sprint.
NORRA has separate classes for bikes, quads, UTV and 4-wheel for both modern and vintage vehicles. McDonnell will race his 1995 Honda XR600R in the Vintage Open Motorcycle class.
McDonnell will use his platform and his participation in the high-profile race to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and mental health.
My grandfather was a WWII Veteran and I saw the lasting effects of his service on him and the ripple effect that his injuries had on my family. I believe we need to do more for those affected by brain injury today. That’s why I’m passionate about raising money for CVB and helping to further brain injury research.
– JD McDonnell
McDonnell seeks to raise $3,000 through a Facebook fundraiser page he set up.
Too many Veterans have suffered or are currently suffering from the invisible wounds of war: post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), both known to dramatically increase the risk of suicide.
Significantly more (4.28x) active-duty service members and post-9/11 Veterans have died by suicide than in the totality of two full decades of Global War on Terror military operations: 30,177 vs. 7,057, the equivalent of 22 Veteran and active-duty suicides per day since the war began.
Healthcare providers are failing to diagnose and treat these conditions in any way that could be considered meaningful steps toward recovery. Currently, PTS and TBI are diagnosed based on symptoms, not biology, and proposed treatments lack reliability and consistency, leading many patients to feel hopeless, unheard and defeated.
It’s an epidemic that needs specialized and expedited attention now.
Cohen Veterans Bioscience is working at the leading edge of research, as the only nonprofit organization with a singular focus on fast-tracking a means by which those suffering can be diagnosed, while also developing personalized treatments and medications, and pushing for mental health legislation with a goal that no one who experiences brain trauma need to suffer for a lifetime.