DougTrails Cross-Country Tour

$3,669 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 44 people in 70 months
Doug Markgraf  PHILADELPHIA, PA
  Traumatic Brain Injury is a horrible way to lose your mind. 25-year-old Philadelphia school-teacher Doug Markgraf would know - on May 31, 2006, he was involved in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle in a bike lane in West Philadelphia. In the collision, Doug shattered bones, helmet, bicycle - and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Lying in a coma for half a month, doctors refused to acknowledge that his condition would allow anything similar to a complete recovery. And, the last thing they ever expected was that he would awaken, recover, complete his studies at Drexel University, and return to the bike. But, he did. And now he wants to inspire other TBI patients/survivors, and surprise everyone. 

Beginning June 27 2011, Doug will ride across the continental United States in hopes of ensuring that inspiration is visible for as many survivors and families as possible. He will visit traumatic brain injury rehabilitation centers, support groups, and organizations in cities along his route, speaking with doctors, patients, and families about exceeding their own goals and expectations. 

Other goals of his mission? To raise awareness about TBI and its effects, as well as to raise funds for an initiative with similar goals, the Raisin Hope Foundation. During the summer, he'll update his blog, http://dougtrails.wordpress.com about the journey. 

Doug says, "We all can do amazing things." Please help him and other TBI survivors be reminded of this! 

The money collected will go towards a number of things related to my mission:

1. It will make sure that I can safely ride across the continental US, helping pay for bike repairs, food, and emergency expenses such as medicine or hotel lodging (only when absolutely positively necessary). 

2. The Raisin Hope Foundation will receive funds from donors, making it so that TBI survivors and those recovering can get the absolute best recovery possible. Also, this organization funds research to make TBI better understood. 

3. A documentary is being made about my mission, being created by Scott Richardson of June TwentySeven Film/Video Productions - help is definitely necessary to allow for production and filming to happen. 

Supporters can also help by visiting dougtrails.wordpress.com and telling everyone they can! 

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Update 11
Posted by Doug Markgraf
68 months ago
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DougTrails is still looking for donations towards the Raisin Hope Foundation and the DougTrails mission!
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Update 10
Posted by Doug Markgraf
69 months ago
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I will be on the road starting this coming Monday! Raisin Hope and my mission still need your help!
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Update 9
Posted by Doug Markgraf
69 months ago
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The Fundraiser event this past Saturday went off amazingly! Managed to raise about $1000 for my cause and mission. Don't start thinking I don't need your help anymore... I do! Beginning shortly, donations here will be all go toward the Raisin Hope Foundation.
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Posted by Doug Markgraf
69 months ago
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DougTrails fundraiser event: a huge success! $1000 raised, friends made, radio interview possibility too!
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$3,669 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 44 people in 70 months
Created May 23, 2011
BP
$500
Bryan Pugh
46 months ago

Keep teaching. Keep Riding. Keep Leading.

M
$30
marierussia1
68 months ago
RC
$10
Ramair Colmon
68 months ago

We are proud of you Mr. Markgraf!

HK
$100
Howard Kulkin
68 months ago

Doug, you're doing GREAT! Centre for Neuro Skills and I support your efforts!

$100
Cali Caroline Manning
68 months ago
CF
$100
Connie Fiorentino
68 months ago
$50
Trevor Machinia
68 months ago
$10
Anonymous
69 months ago
JH
$100
Jim Haine
69 months ago

I am looking forward to all the updates and the welcome home celebration after your successful trip!

TF
$50
The Hood family
69 months ago

We are excited for you and will be praying for you throughout your trip!

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