The Countdown to Pádraig’s first journey back to Boston and Cape Cod has begun.

Tomorrow week, he’ll board his first transatlantic flight since he arrived back in Ireland in a special air ambulance five years ago. We had to fight for him to be allowed to travel. It wasn’t certain he would make that trip back then. It took more than an hour to get him on to that really small Learjet, the door was too small to get him in. His mother had a ‘seat’ in the back so tiny she could hardly move, with that box on her knees with dried ice and his bone flap in it. And I could go on with the drama of it all.

Contrast that with him today letting us know how much he likes to go back to Cape Cod: on a scale from 1 (not really) to 5 (very much so) it was a clear “5”. He also knows, understands and supports why we are going and what we are planning to do.

We read Aoife Barry’s article in the journal.ie today together and he liked it.

Here are two requests:

  • If you know someone in Boston or on Cape Cod please let them know about what we are doing and if they want to join Pádraig and us on his “Walk for Life” – highlighting the need for drivers to share the road with cyclists, direct them to http://www.caringforpadraig.org for details and ask them to sign up here.
  • If you know someone who could help to spread the word about Pádraig’s journey, please put them in touch with us, either through this blog or using the contact details on http://www.caringforpadraig.org.

It would be nice, if we were to walk the last mile to the spot of the accident on Route 6A with a few friends, highlighting the need for drivers of cars, trucks and vans to share the road with cyclists – who are no match and never a threat.

Today is the third anniversary of one of Ireland’s trail blazers in all what very severe acquired brain injury is concerned. Sara made amazing progress and had an incredible recovery. She went for intensive rehab to Germany, because there was no adequate treatment available to her in Ireland. Sadly, she passed away today this day, three years ago. Her parents had campaigned tirelessly and publicly for neuro rehab in Ireland, especially for survivors of sABI. Sara will always be with us and her beautiful spirit never die.