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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Michael Coss with “Courage to Come Back” is at it again…

Michael Coss Coquitlam

If you follow our community blog you will be familiar with a few stories about the miraculous recovery of Michael Coss after a terrible accident seven years ago that caused a brain injury and total immobility at the time. Michael has continued to fight back from days when he and his family were told that he would never walk again. He shared this story with me this week. I promised Michael that I would post this for him. As we step into Our Beer Print month at Molson Coors, it’s a natural fit to shine a light on this terrific story about a man who had the courage to come back. Cheers Michael !

Saturday, September 7th will see a more DIVERSE group of hikers take to the trail for the 4th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge.

On Saturday, September 7, Michael Coss and event founder Alex Bell invite Tri-City residents to come out for the Crunch Challenge to help demonstrate the power of community and show how much more is possible when we embrace diversity. The hike-a-thon is a fundraising event to build an Embracing Diversity Community Fund with the Coquitlam Foundation.

Using just a cane, brain injury survivor and activist Michael Coss will take on the Crunch to help Bell launch a new participation category encouraging people with mobility challenges to join the event and enjoy the trail. Once told he would never walk, talk or feed himself independently again, Michael’s motto is ‘Anything is possible, when you believe’. Just a year out of his wheelchair, Michael says, “I am pumped…” to be using just a cane to take to the trail and lead the way for people with mobility barriers to participate in the event.

Michael is on his own journey to ‘Anything’s Possible”. After suffering a Traumatic Brain injury in a 2006 MVA, Michael’s family was told he would never walk or talk. Since that time, Michael has become a published author, from his hospital bed Michael was the biggest individual fundraiser for the 2007 Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion campaign, participated in two Terry Fox events and has launched a foundation to raise funds for rehabilitation options for brain injured children. Michael is pleased to have ‘divorced’ his wheelchair soon after winning the 2012 Courage to Come Back Award for Physical Rehabilitation. A former Coquitlam resident, Michael is an inspiration to many as he shares his message of “Anything is possible, when you believe.”

The Crunch Challenge continues to offer two additional participation categories: as early as 6:30 a.m. “Make-It-or-Break-It” challengers may start in pursuit of a personal best or the top spot by completing as many ascents as they can in a 12 hour period, then Recreational Category registration starts at 9 a.m. for participants wanting to enjoy the trail and support the idea of a welcoming and Diverse community.

The Crunch Challenge starts on the trail alongside the Lacrosse Box parking lot (behind Scott Creek Middle School), but Coss will arrive at 10 a.m. for a ‘Meet and Greet’ outside Northside Church at Lansdowne and David. The ‘Path to Anything’s Possible’ will officially launch at 10:30 a.m. once Bell hikes up from below to join Michael for the opening.

Using only a cane, Michael will make his way step-by-step from David, past the dog park and up to Bramblewood Elementary. Proceeds from the Crunch Challenge go to build a Community Diversity fund with the Coquitlam Foundation. Suggested donation is $20 per participant.

For details please see www.coquitlamcrunch.com or email queries to coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

PHOTO CREDIT – Craig Hodge

 

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The Michael Coss Story…worth repeating again and again

I received an email from former Molson Coors employee Michael Coss this week, pointing me to page three of a newsletter by the Brain Injury Association of Canada. My words or paraphrasing just wouldn’t do it justice. So I’ve cut and pasted Michael’s story to share with you here. It’s story of courage and determination. In many ways a miracle and an example of what can happen when a community gets behind a person in a time of need. Enjoy reading about this great come back. Cheers.

My name is Michael Coss and I suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident on May 18th, 2006 which left me in a COMA for 6
+ months. After doing some research on the internet, my parents undertook Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for me and it worked, I awoke from my 6 +
month COMA, after 3 treatments of this therapy. I relearned the most basic skills, things that we all take for granted like how to eat, use the washroom, dress myself, and now I’m re-learning how to walk again at 43 years of age. I feel that I am a better person after my injury, and I appreciate all the fundraising efforts that were done by my family members, my friends, my co-workers, my former customers in my Molson Coors Canada days, to raise some money for so that I may undertake this alternative type of therapy. In my rehab, I started my own Foundation, www.secondchancestepbystep.org,
I wrote my own book to inspire others to be the best that they can be in their own personal situations, called The Courage to Come Back, to educate
the general public about the potential benefi ts of Hyperbaric Oxygen for treating brain injuries. It’s available at www.amazon.cawww.barnesandnoble.com, and can be ordered also from all Chapter’s/ Indigo locations across Canada. All the proceeds raised from the sale of my book will be re-directed to The Michael Coss Brain Injury Foundation to help improve the quality of lives of children who have also suffered a traumatic brain injury by assisting them undergo HBOT treatments. I wrote my own book using my laptop, typing letter by letter, word by word, and page by page and it was released and made available on the 5 year anniversary of my injury, May 18th, 2011. I experienced something very powerful, magical, and uplifting on Thursday May 17th, when I was presented with The Courage to Come Back Award in the physical rehabilitation category. This was in front of 1000 attendees at The Vancouver Trade and Convention Center where invited guests paid $250.00 to attend this special evening, have dinner, and hear the remarkable stories of 6 individuals who have all had The Courage to Come Back from some kind of adversity. This award gives me the drive, focus, determination, to give 120 % to my rehab, whether it be improving my speech, or improving my walking ability, step by step, so that I may return to a more “normal” way of life amongst my family, my children. I am so proud to receive this award, and I would like to say in closing “All things are possible when you believe”. In closing, I would like to THANK everyone for giving me a second chance at life by organizing and holding various fundraising iniatives throughout Canada which permitted my father to undergo HBOT treatments for me, my sincere THANKS