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Leigh Veidman Has Many Goals - Running a Marathon, Concussion Awareness and Raising Funds for BIA-NE.

“I am participating in the [Heartland Marathon ] event to raise awareness about concussions,” said Leigh Veidman, assistant soccer coach at Midland University. “Education is key [to minimizing the effects of concussion].”

In addition to raising awareness, Veidman hopes his efforts will help raise money. He plans to donate all the proceeds to Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, a nonprofit organization that focuses on brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and support. (www.biane.org) DONATE BELOW

According to a 2015 Harris poll, 90 percent of Americans cannot correctly define a concussion. Seventy-eight (78%) did not know the symptoms of a concussion. Thirty-seven (37) percent of parents said they would not know what to do if their child sustained a concussion.

“Statistics like that are putting our children at risk as they return to the field and the classroom,” said Dr. Kody Moffatt, pediatrician and sports medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

Determined to make a difference, Veidman, a native of Liverpool, England, and former soccer player himself, is going the distance. Each mile he runs is a reminder of the signs and symptoms of concussion: dizziness, confusion, lack of coordination, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, appearing dazed, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and delayed response to questions.

He will dedicate the final mile to David Bruck, a medically retired police officer who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a pursuit six years ago.

You can help Leigh raise awareness and funds. The Heartland Marathon takes place Sunday, October 2. It starts at 7 a.m. on the Omaha Riverfront.

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