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mmunity Section - Page 5 nursaay, 1,ovemO, o, ,.u - Dan Zimmerman and Catherine Brubake stopped in &apos;/ Linden on their tricycle trek from Washington to Key i West. They were both invalids but riding these tricycles Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, :assault, wreck sparks trikers to fight brain injuries as they pedal across America "If I had stayed indoors and just sat around, I'd be a veg" etable. I had to get up and get out and do something." This man on a tricycle said this in front of the Marengo ': County Courthouse . Wednesday, Oct. 15. " Dan Zimmerman had a stroke nine years ago. Doctors told him he would likely be in a wheelchair for life. . Catherine Brubaker was his tfiking partner. In 2010, Catherine Brubaker was assaulted and as a result she sustained a traumatic brain injury. Catherine was in a car • accident in January 2012, • which resulted in an exacerba- • tion of the traumatic brain , injury. :. They pedalled into Linden -. and found The Democrat- . Reporter. Their body parts ." responded slowly as they . climbed up off their trikes. Each step from the street to the office was slow and deliberate. They brought cards with " • them showing the route they , i. have poedalledon their custom   tricycles. The little red line begins in Washington near the Puget Sound. Dan, like Catherine, found freedom and healing through triking. They are on their way to .. Margaritaville in Key West, . . Fla., on a 5,200 mile trip they -. call "Spokes Fighting Strokes." After years of rehabilitation, • , and a chance meeting, Catherine has joined fellow trike rider Dan Zimmerman on . the ride of her life. , , • ,<,. She quipped, "He likes . Jimmy Buffett." ,-.- As survivors of traumatic injuries, Catherine and Dan began reclaiming their lives and realized the impact and hope they were giving to others in similar situations. These to peo- ple began The trip that began on June 29, 2014, in Anacortes, WA, will conclude in Key West, FL on November 29, 2014. Catherine has had to relearn to walk, talk, and regain cogni- tive function twice since 2010. Ten months before she left with fellow rider Dan Zimmerman on a 5200 mile, five month trike ride across the US, Catherine was in a walker. Catherine faces significant challenges both physically and mentally. However, what they understand is the impact that believing in oneself can create• The purpose of the ride is to cre- ate awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury and Strokes caused " by HHT. Previously restricted by her disabilities, Catherine's relent- less motivation to regain her freedom has come in the form of a recumbent trike. Docotors and family attribute her overall health, happiness, and recovery , to trike riding. The purpose of this ride for both is to take back their fives. Together aspire to share their success with others who have suffered similar challenges, and through engagements with related.organizations, they hope <- to inspire others to take back their fives. Catherine Brubaker is a two time Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor and ready to set the world on fire. September of 2013 Catherine went into Sun • . Cyclery in Phoenix, Arizona, : '-- - using her walker and purchased a recumbent trike. She was determined to take her life back. She is currently on the ride of her life traveling 5200 miles over five months on her bike. The trip started in Anacortes, WA,  conclude in Key West, FL. She has been able to gain confidence, feel freedom again, and rebuild her body as part of her recovery from a terrible tragedy. She hopes to inspire other TBI survivors to reclaim their lives through triking. Her goal is to be able to offer recumbent trikes to survivors who cannot afford them as an aid in their recovery. Catherine's road to this new found freedom has been long and filled with obstacles. After being assaulted, causing her ini- tial TBI injury in 2010 she had to relearn how to walk, talk, and eat on her own. This was many months of multiple doctor vis- its, often several each day. In 2012 her heart began to fail and she was on the brink of death. She received apacemak- er and a new chance at life. She was in a collision with another vehicle shortly thereafter. She Spent more than a month in the hospital recovering, then in sub- sequent care facilities and day programs. Catherine had to once again relearn how to walk, talk, and do basic daily tasks on her own. As a result of her injuries, she lost a lot, and in March 2014 tried to take her own life. She can no longer drive or live on her own. She lost her job, career, her dogs, and a 14 year relationship as her partner became her caretaker which caused too much strain between them. Prior to her TBI, Catherine was an accomplished profes- sional. She went to Pacific Union college in Napa, CA and graduated with a B.S. degree in Psychology. She worked with military veterans and offered financial, investment, and insurance services to them while leading a team of 12-15 associates. During her career she decided to pursue a Masters degree in Leadership, which she obtained in 2007. She accomplished this with a 4.0 GPA while working full time! She was also an avid skier on black diamond runs and enjoyed running three-plus miles several limes a week. Catherine was born and raised in Tempe, AZ, and was involved in several sports including softball, volleyball, and basketball while growing up. She was brought up in a humble family and her parents made several sacrifices for her to attend a private Christian school. It was these early beginnings that built the solid foundation and relentless dedi- cation to inspiring others that Catherine exemplifies today. Additionally, as a part of her has given them freedom to strengthen their bodies as well as their resolve to live life to its fullest. woodworking business and concentrate on redovery. By 2008, Dan wanted more mobility than his wheelchair afibrded. His first tricycles were too heavy but offered him the "freedom, plain and sim- ple," that, he craves. He bought a lightweight recumbent trike in 2009 and began riding with the 'Bent Riders of Arizona on weekly rides and weekend tours. He logged 600 to 800 miles a month. Cycling, Dan says, has improved his health and more importantly, given him a pur- pose in life. He wants to raise awareness of HHT, the disease that killed his brother and moth- er and is present in Dan and his younger son. He also wants to raise awareness of stroke pre- vention and inspire other stroke survivors to fight back against the disease. Dan started Spokes Fighting Strokes and is a self-appointeed spokes person for HHT -- www.Spokesfightingstrokes.or g recovery, she was enrolled in a special program called Artists for Trauma, which has brought her great joy. Art was always a part of Catherine's past, but painting has surfaced as a new skill. She will continue this new passion upon the conclu- sion of the ride. She also enjoys photography and has taken hun- dreds of beautiful pictures along this cross country trike ride. Dan Zimmerman was born in 1964 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the second of three boys in his family. His parents divorced, and Dan lived with his father in Minnesota for eight years before returning at age 10 to live with his mother in Wisconsin. Dan's industrial arts teacher in high school sparked his inter- est in woodworking. By the lime he was 16, Dan had saved enough money from odd jobs to buy a table saw, band saw, and joiner and set up his own wood shop in the family basement. He soon had a booming business making miniature furniture for customers of a dollhouse shop his mother had started. Tragedy struck the family when Dan's older brother, Kevin, died at age 19. Tests later revealed that both Kevin and Dan had HHT (Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia), a disease in which the lungs fail to filter clots efficiently. Dan had the first of periodic surgeries to treat his HHT and graduated from Sussex Hamilton High School in 1982. He got a job in a cabinet shop and continued his woodwork- ing business on the side, paying his own way through Milwaukee Area Technical College. He graduated in 1983. Dan to move to Fountain Hills in 1984• Dan worked briefly for a furniture maker, then used his woodworking equipment to start his own cab- inet and furniture-making busi- ness in 1985 in Fountain Hills, AZ. Woodworks by Dan eventu- ally grew to more than eight employees and more than $840,000 in annual sales. As he worked 80 to 100 hour weeks, Dan also married and had two sons of his own -- Josh, born in 1997, and Zach, born in 2001. But his mamage soured, and he moved into his shop while divorce and custody proceedings dragged on. In 2005, at age 41, Dan suf- fered a stroke that paralyzed his right arm and leg and damaged the left side of his brain. A hos- pital doctor told him that he would never walk or talk again. Angry, Dan knew he had to give up or fight. His early life with his father, a railroad con- ductor who worked all hours and drank more than he parent- ed, had left Dan determined to work hard and do better. Dan knew his sons needed a father, and he decided to shut down his Linden Presbyterian Church to host revival sentices night. Reverend Gandy, a dynam- ic speaker, grew up in this area and is presently the min- ister at First Baptist Church of Monroeville. Please make plans to attend. Marengo County History, Archive Museum Membership Revival services will be held at the Linden Presbyterian Church, Monday, Tuesday; and Wednesday; Nov. 10th, llth and 12th. Each service will start at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Micah Gandy will bring the message each The Marengo County History and Archives Museum (MCHAM) is a 501(c) 3, non- profit organization• The mission of the museum is to tell the story of Marengo County from its inception and to tell the story of the five cul- tures that resided in the coun- ty and contributed to not only the county, but also the Stat of Alabama. Its mission is to col- lect artifacts, manuscripts and historical documents about the county's history. In 2008, MCHAM received a 30- year lease from the City of Demopolis for the Rosenbush Building, and since 2010 MCHAM has collected arti- facts and original historical documents from donors, has had cultural, educational and historical programs for stu- dents, citizens, visitors and tourists. These programs are sup- ported largely by the support of generous donors who con- tribute to our annual capital campaign. This year's goal is to raise $15,000 to install an air conditioning unit in the "City-owned building," to provide a climate-controlled environment for visitors, col- lected artifacts and historical documents, and Smithsonian traveling exhibits that will be hosted by the museum next year and in subsequent years. Although, we have asked the City of Demopolis to install air conditioning in "their building" or at least split the cost, the request has fallen on deaf ears with no response. So now we turn to you, the pub- lic, for your donations to help install MC in the museum. Without the support of gener- ous donors like y bu, this need will likely go unret. In order to continue making a difference in the county and communities affected by the work of MCHAM, it is vital for this year's capital cam- paign to be a success. Can we count on you to make a dona- tion to this important cause? By making a tax deductible er on the museum's website and in the upcoming newslet- ter. Museums are a vital part of any community because they tell the history of the county, maintain historical artifacts and historical documents of the county and/or towns. There are tremendous eco- nomic benefits of having a museum in your county and town. The Marengo County History and Archives Museum donation to our capital cam- is depending on your assis- paign, you'll be directly con- tributing to helping the muse- um with the much needed installation of air condition- ing, which the museum has been working without since 2009. Additionally, you'll be recognized for your generosity as a capital campaign support- tance and generosity. Please mail donations to Marengo County History & Archives Museum or MCHAM, P.O. Box I144, Demopolis, AL 36732• Thank you for your consid- eration and continued support. Miss Central Alabama Model Chilly Fest Pageant Miss Model America pres- ents Miss Central Alabama Model Chilly Fest Pageant. The pageant will be held at Marengo Academy in Linden on Hwy 43. The date is November 22, 2014 beginning at 3:00 pm for Tiny Miss through Princess and 6:00 pm for Pre-Teen through Miss. Deadline for entries is November 14, 2014. Registration will begin at 1:30 pm for the first pageant and 4:30 pm for the second pageant• Deby Andrus Photography will be pr<t on the date of the pagear ,J will be offering picture 'k- ages for your purchase. There will be a winner ad 2 alternates for each division. Winners will receive a crown, a sash, a winner's trophy, and will have fees off to the Miss Model Alabama State pageant to be held in Cullman in the UWA to host 'Science Coffee Shop' event, Nov. 20 The University "of West Alabama's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics invites the community to Science Coffee Shop on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at Austin's Steakhouse in Livingston, Ala. Dr. Brian Burnes, a UWA professor, will present a dis- cussion entitled "Wine, 'cheese, and chocolate from a microbe's point of view." Burnes, an experienced microbiologist, will discuss the role of good microbes in wine, cheese, and chocolate manufacture• "We have microbes to thank for some of the best things in life," Burnes said. "We will sample a few of those things at the event as we discover how they are made. Bon appetite!" The Science Coffee Shop series is designed to give the public exposure to the world of science. The event high- lights relevant, interesting or current science topics in a casual and relaxed setting, led by UWA's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics faculty. Science Coffee Shop events typically last about 45 minutes but can vary based on the debates and discussion. The event is free and open to the public and light refresh- ments will be served. For more information, please con- tact Dr. Mustafa Morsy at mmorsy @ uw a.edu<mailto:m morsy@uwa.edu> or call 205- 652-5541. Summer of 2015. The 2 alter- nates for each division will receive a winner's trophy. Each participant will also receive a participation trophy• There will be many other awards and prizes. Divisions are as follows: Tiny Miss 0-23 mos.; Little Miss 2-4; Princess 5-8; Pre-Teen 9-11 ; Young Teen 12-14; Teen 15-18; Miss 19- Up Tiny Miss through Princess Divisions will wear long or short dresses, sequins allowed. Little or no make-up. No flip- pers. If any of the rules for the division are not followed, you will be disqualified• Pre-Teen through Miss Divisions will wear evening dresses for the competition. Entry Fee is $35.00 made payable to The Quest Club of Linden Late Entry Fee after Nov. 14th is $45.00 (late applicants permissible, but will not be printed in pageant program). Most Photogenic Contest (Optional)-$10.00 per picture or 3/$25•00 Photos must fit in our 8 1/2 x 11 sheer protector. Photos and fee must accompany entry form and entry fee. Please return your Entry Form with the $35.00 Entry Fee and Photos with fees for Most Photogenic Contest to: The Quest Club of Linden, c/o Dana Lane, 370 Stillwater Drive, Linden, A1. 36748, or you may prefer to deliver to Lane's Tire in Linden or Demopolis. For more details call Dana Lane at 334-341- 0403. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to host 8th Veterans' Appreciation Luncheon Correction: M.A. Sixth Grade B HOnor Roll Blake Henson not Blake Hale Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. PSI Omicron Omega Chapter is inviting all veterans in Clarke, Marengo, and Wtlcox Counties to the 8th Veterans' Appreciation Luncheon to be held at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Thomasville Civic Center (559 West Front Street, Thomasville). -, Come, bring a guest and enjoy fabulous fun, food, fellowship, door prizes and useful information. Screal00..rS Restaurant 216 S. Main Street, Linden Located next door to Sweet Water Ban k 295-8415 We have a great menu as well as lunch and dinner buffets that include drinks and desserts. Limited menu available on Sundays but we serve full lunch buf- fet for $10.95. We will also serve a meat & two for $8.95 but we fix. veggies plates, salads, burgers & chicken boxes are available. Fried Chicken Boxes available everyday. 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