"Every day, 153 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI, but with treatment, patients can make significant recoveries"
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017
Critically injured during a chiropractic appointment and misdiagnosed by an ER doctor, Tom nearly died from a traumatic brain injury. The health care and justice systems failed Tom, but his survival inspired him to improve awareness while raising funds to rebuild his own life.
Life Beyond Brain Injury was created by UW-Whitewater students and alums. The organization was launched with a stated mission of creating awareness and raising funds to offset the massive medical expenses from Hapka's brain injury.
Life Beyond Brain Injury hosted Brain Injury Policy Day 2019 featuring state lawmakers
Up to 60% of brain injuries in the United States go undiagnosed according to the journal Health & Social Work.
Tom was misdiagnosed twice in two days and nearly died.