While in preparation for his cross-country TBI tour in 2011, Drexel University honored Doug as part of their monthly Alumni Spotlight. He was more than proud of this honor that was bestowed upon him. But it didn’t stop there.
On October 4, 2013, Access Sports, the Council on Brain Injury (CoBI), Moss Rehab, and Drexel University Recreational Athletics Department will host an exciting and enjoyable event that is sure to inform and inspire every age. At Drexel University’s Mitchell Auditorium on the ground floor of its futuristic-looking 5-story glass atrium/lobby at the Bossone Center in center-city Philadelphia, you’ll have the opportunity to picture the future of science while glimpsing at its past. In the auditorium, you’ll laugh and cry while viewing the Drexel University Premiere of This Beats a Coma, learn of the amazing, safe fun achievable while riding a bicycle, and realize just how precious the human brain is. This is a FREE event!
When: Friday, October 4, 2013
7:00pm until 9:00pm
Where: Drexel University—Mitchell Auditorium Bossone Building, 3120 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
This event is free of charge
… a donation of $5.00 per person and $10.00 per family is suggested, and appreciated but certainly not required
Download a flyer here: Drexel Movie Premiere
About the movie: (from thisbeatsacoma.com)
While battling strong gusts of wind on a desolate, hilly highway in central Wyoming, Doug Markgraf slowed his bicycle to a stop and pulled a marker from his bag. In large letters he scrawled “This Beats A Coma” across his sunburnt forearm. He was 19 days into a 56 day journey across America, and the phrase reminded him why.
Five years earlier, Doug was involved in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle in a bike lane in West Philadelphia. In the collision he shattered bones, helmet, and bicycle – and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. As Doug lay in a coma for half a month, doctors refused to acknowledge that his condition would allow a complete recovery. The last thing they ever expected was that he would awaken, recover, and return to the bike. But he did.
“This Beats A Coma” tells the story of a young man’s journey from coma to an inspiring cross-country bicycle trek. It reflects on the difficulties faced by a traumatic brain injury survivor and documents the struggles to return to a norm, independent life. It’s a story about hope, overcoming debilitating setbacks, and achieving amazing things.
In addition to a screening of this film, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Doug, win free bicycle helmets, DVDs and other prizes, speak with professionals working to improve the lives of brain injury survivors, and gain vital skills to avoid injury while riding alongside automobiles on city, suburban, and rural streets.
All are encouraged to attend, share, and have fun!
Interested in becoming a sponsor or setting up a table to inform others about your sports, bicycle, or brain injury organization? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.