As the holiday season ramps up, DK Bicycles pro Brett Banasiewicz remains in a traumatic brain injury rehabilitation facility in Plano, Texas, working on an intense physical, speech, cognitive and occupational therapy program before returning home to South Bend, Ind. later in the month. For the short term, Banasiewicz, 18, has set several goals which he will work toward for the end of January.
Those goals include being able to text message with both thumbs at the same time, gain deeper sounds in his voice and be able to use more words, be able to execute ten jumping jacks with full range of motion or without stopping (along with 50 sit-ups), and regain his ability to drive a car, even though he won't be allowed to drive in traffic just yet.
According to Bare Grounds Sports Essentials, Banasiewicz experienced a 200% improvement on physical therapy after just a week and a half at the new facility. Banasiewicz also met with a neurologist at the facility last week, who said that they expect Brett to make a full recovery.
In the meantime, the BMX community continues to provide relief to the Banasiewicz family's mounting medical bills. Yesterday, Total BMX team rider Ricky Moseley announced plans to auction off his bike via Instagram and through Facebook comments, with 100% of the proceeds going to Brett's medical bills.
BMX website The Come Up is also planning a benefit jam at Rye Airfield in New Hampshire on December 30, with a stacked list of visiting pro riders, vert sessions, rail jams and park jams, along with proceeds being donated to Banasiewicz, and fellow riders Jeremy Hacker and Josh Perry.
Banasiewicz crashed on August 23 in Virginia Beach, Va. He was placed in a medically induced coma to control bleeding and swelling on his brain, and remained unconscious for 15 days.
Although Banasiewicz has insurance, his family continues to deal with mounting medical bills, and are actively seeking donations. Several fundraisers have been organized within the BMX community to aid the cause. Dan's Comp continues to offer t-shirts on the Dan's Comp website, the Athlete Recovery Fund is also now offering t-shirts through the ARF website, and grip manufacturer ODI now has a limited edition pair of grips (in Brett's favorite grip color combination: pink and green), with sales profits being donated to Brett's recovery.