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After Brain Injury Q.C. Native Runs Bix 7 To Give Back



     Saturday's Bix 7 race is going to be very meaningful for one Quad Cities area native who has overcome many obstacles in the last year. After beating the odds, she's lacing up her running shoes in hopes to inspire and give back.
     Bright, vivacious and an avid runner, 23-year old Molly Cain is ready to take on her sixth Bix 7 road race. This time last year though she was in a much different place.
     "I woke up and saw my mom at the end of my bed... I'm thinking I'm in a dream, I don't think what's going on is real life. She tells me you can't walk, you're paralyzed on the right side of your body," said Cain.
     The Port Byron native who now lives in Colorado fell down the stairs at her home last March. Her face went crashing through a table and left her with a traumatic brain injury and in a coma for two weeks. Doctors didn't think she'd ever walk again.
     After a couple more months in the hospital Cain decided to return to the Quad Cities area and started going to the Genesis LIFT Program for treatment and support.
     "Short term memory, maybe vision, language. They can't come up with the word they way to say. A lot of times there's a physical component also," said Lori Dryg the outpatient rehab supervisor.
     LIFT stands for Learning Independence For Tomorrow. With the help of therapists and her own determination that's exactly what Cain did.
     "She did everything we asked her to and you could see week-to-week how much strides better she got," said Jessica Chrisman, an occupational therapist who worked with Cain.
     Now she'll be taking strides in the Bix 7 to give what she can in return. "I had a dream and I was running a race, raising money for brain injuries. Because I couldn't run, couldn't even walk. I'm thinking, how many others are out there in the same boat I'm in," she said.
     Turning this year's Bix experience into not only another recovery milestone as one of the first races since her injury, but a way to raise funds for others who face the same struggles she did. Cain says without that support she would not be where she is now. LIFT staffers say Cain is the first graduate to do something like this and hope her donations from the race will help fund additional resources for more success stories.
     Above all else she's an inspiration. 
     "I'm not running just for me, I'm running for everybody and the support I'm giving. I'm so ecstatic," said Cain.

     Here's how you can help Molly's cause:
-  Click on the "Give Online Now" icon
-  Fill out the donor information
-  Under "Gift Information":  Donation Foundation -  Select Genesis Health Services Foundation (Davenport)
-  Then from Apply Gift to: -- select "Other"
-  Specific Other:  Enter "Molly's Run"
Checks or cash can be sent to:
Genesis Foundation
1227 E. Rusholme St
Davenport IA 52804
Please make checks payable to: Genesis Foundation and write "Molly's Run" in the memo section
Your donation is tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.  All funds raised will go to Genesis Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab.


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