Julie, a 37-year-old mother of two, was working as a substitute teacher in San Diego prior to her injury. She was enjoying a very active life, which included being a Girl Scout Leader. On September 9, 2002, Julie was a victim of a violent carjacking incident. She sustained multiple physical injuries including a traumatic brain injury as a result of being dragged outside the moving vehicle for a period of time before she fell to the ground. She required extensive surgery & rehabilitation due to the severity of her injuries.
The scholarship funds played a vital role in Julie’s rehabilitation by allowing Sharp’s Community Re-entry program the opportunity to provide her the therapy she needed to improve her memory, organization, verbal communication skills, strength, endurance, balance, and mobility of her right shoulder. Julie also worked on regaining her independent living skills, including the ability to parent her children (ages 12 & 9).
Julie successfully resumed her activities with the Girl Scouts in 2003; in fact, she received the “Leader of the Year” award, presented annually, for her outstanding work, dedication and leadership. Julie continues to be an active volunteer at her son’s school. Her most recent accomplishment is that of returning to work as a substitute teacher, which was one of her biggest goals after the injury. Julie’s life is more active now than before her accident! The generosity and support of all those who contribute to the SRF scholarship fund have turned her life threatening event into an inspirational success story!