After a car accident left Langley resident Michael Coss in a coma for six and a half months, his family was told he would never talk, eat or walk again.
On February 23, Coss will celebrate 15 years of recovery by climbing the 48 stories of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center, to raise funds for the BC Lung Foundations.
It will be the fourth time for Coss, who is one of the top online fundraisers for the annual “Climb the Wall” event, as is his team, “Neurons in Motion.”
Describing himself as a “very proud and grateful survivor of a brain injury,” Coss recently marked the 15th anniversary of his car crash on May 18 by posting a public tank video to the 27 people he credits for his recovery, starting with his children, their mother, his parents (who moved to Vancouver from Quebec City to help) and his brothers, as well as the dispatcher and paramedics who responded to the crash, and various doctors, nurses and therapists.
“My sincere (thank you) goes to each and every one of you,” Coss said.
Coss has become a motivating speaker and author.
He co-founded the Michael Coss Brain Injury Fund with the Coquitlam Foundation, a registered charity and a member of the Community Foundations of Canada that aims to build funds to support major community initiatives.
Donations to the Michael Coss Brain Fund at the Coquitlam Foundation are eligible for tax benefits, and its board may authorize grants from the Michael Coss Brain Injury Fund to pay for treatments for children with brain injuries.
Coss has also taken other fundraising initiatives, including organizing a GoFundMe campaign to help a Surrey family struggling to recover from the sudden death of a mother of three.
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And Coss has organized a cross-Canada video conference for brain injury survivors to “develop new friendships, share important victories and strengthen the power of human connection.”
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Climb the Wall 2022 aims to help the estimated one in five Canadians affected by lung disease, including asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and lung cancer.
The funds it helps raise COVID-19 support, research, advocacy and patient support programs.
Since the start of the event, climbers have raised more than $ 2 million to help Canadians breathe easier.
So far this year, Coss and the “Neurons in Motion Team” have raised $ 350 for a $ 1,500 goal.
Contributions can be made online through the BC Lung Foundation website at bclf.donordrive.com, search for “Coss.”
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