Brad F.

Brad F.

In the fall of 1999, 15-year-old Brad Fritz was on his way home from one of the biggest football games of the season when he was involved in a motor vehicle crash. He was taken to the hospital, where he was declared brain dead, but luckily for Brad, that was not the case. After three months in a coma, Brad woke up unable to walk, talk, or do anything for himself. Shortly after, he began the long road to recovery and started therapy to relearn EVERYTHING. With the help of some amazing therapists and continued support from his family, Brad was able to regain his independence.

Now 33, Brad makes it his goal to make a difference. In addition to serving on the BRIDGES (Brain Injury Demands Guidance Education and Support) board, Brad also works as a public speaker, telling his story at schools and sharing with teenagers how impactful the decisions that we make can be.

Brad still has some deficits from his traumatic brain injury, including dysarthria, a motor speech disorder characterized by poor articulation, but he does not let that stop him, using a LiteWriter to help him communicate. Brad is always trying to improve and insists that therapy is a lifetime commitment.  In fact, he goes to the gym 3-5 times per week to lift weights (and get ready for speedo season). With his positive outlook and fantastic sense of humor, Brad can accomplish anything – he is truly an inspiration!