Survivor Highlight: Ron Wingard


Hello my name is Ron Wingard; let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in Nashville, Tennessee and I moved to California in 1987. I went to school for telecommunications to learn a new trade, but I found out that it was not for me. I always liked to work hard and always appreciated hard work, so I got a job doing moving with a major moving company.  Life was good, money was good, until 2010 when I had a stroke one day before my birthday.  Since then, things were hard. I lost my driver's license, and the doctors told me I would never be able to ride a bike again.  All the things the doctors told me I could not do, made me want to do them even more.  All the things that I was told I could not do, I am now doing. I set goals for myself, but my goals did not actually start until I started with B.R.A.I.N. I've been going to B.R.A.I.N. for at least 5 years now.  I learned a lot of things, I've seen a lot of things, and I've met a lot of good people. Everyone there is so nice and they're like family.  I can talk to anyone there and come out feeling good, and everyone is so wonderful. What keeps me coming back is people trying hard and doing their best, pushing their limits and doing everything they possibly can to get back to 100%.  If they don't get that 100%, it's not because they didn't try. That is why I keep coming back every Tuesday.  

You will find me a B.R.A.I.N. unless I'm sick or something, but other than that, B.R.A.I.N. is wonderful. I'm so glad I heard about B.R.A.I.N. when I did because if I had not, I would not have met the wonderful people that go. The volunteers that we have at B.R.A.I.N. are amazing. They're very helpful, and I look forward to seeing their smiles. They are just awesome - I can't say enough about the volunteers; they're a group of people who really care about what they do to help. They could be doing anything, be anywhere,  but they choose to be at B.R.A.I.N. helping people and doing things for the people.

I can't say enough about B.R.A.I.N. They have different types of therapy. I have taken cognitive class and it's pretty good. It helps you exercise your brain and it helps your memory.  They have a lot going for them and that's why I keep coming back and will continue going back.  I don't know what I do if it wasn't for B.R.A.I.N. I praise God and thank Him every day that we have someplace to go to work on a disability; it is such a special place.