BIA-MA Staff commits to the virtual Falmouth Road Race in support of brain injury

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Shrewsbury – For the first time in 48 years the annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race will be run virtually. And the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) announced that Team BIA-MA will be returning to compete in their sixth year Sunday, Aug. 16.

While this year’s runners will not be able to come together in Woods Hole for this iconic race, Team BIA-MA is excited to be participating in what has become an important annual fundraising and awareness event for the organization. BIA-MA welcomes staff member Lisa Gonzalez of Shrewsbury to the team for her first year as a runner and team captain. 

“I felt it was important to not only talk the talk in supporting our runners to fundraise but to also walk the walk, or in this case RUN!” she said. 

Not only is she running to bring awareness to brain injury, she decided that running this year would allow her to focus on what she could control “creating purpose and meaning while we are living in such an uncertain and scary world.”

Gonzalez runs in memory of her aunt Judy and in honor of her brother John and her dad who all had acquired brain injuries.

“We are excited and thankful to have our largest field of runners to date who, even given the circumstances, come out strong and determined to raise awareness for brain injury,” BIA-MA Chief Executive Officer Nicole Godaire said. “It is inspiring to watch our runners accomplish their personal milestones. This year is especially poignant with two family groups and many new faces. They embody the hope and determination found throughout the community of brain injury survivors and their families we support every day.”

Though the Falmouth Road Race is not intended as a charity race, the “Numbers for Nonprofits” Program allows nonprofits to both fundraise and participate. To support any of the Team BIA-MA runners in the 2020 Falmouth Road Race, visit https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/teambia-mafalmouth2020

BIA-MA is the first and oldest organization in the state to offer support and resources to brain injury survivors and their families. They provide prevention programs, educational trainings and legislative advocacy. For more information, visit www.biama.org.