A Warwick Academy student who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash last year is preparing to participate in the Convex End to End on Saturday.
David Goonewardene , 17, from Paget, will be joined by his schoolmates in the walk, which marks a significant milestone in his recovery.
David’s mother Helen Cart said: “A year ago we weren’t sure what the future held for David. We weren’t sure he would walk again. Needless to say, 13 months into his recovery he has worked towards his goal and has signed up to support and participate in the 35th Annual Convex Bermuda End to End.
“Thanks to the tremendous support of his medical team, therapists, WindReach Bermuda, his school Warwick Academy, his friends and family, David will walk from Warwick Academy to Dockyard.”
This year’s End to End starts from St George’s town square at 7am for walkers and 9am for riders.
A spokeswoman for Warwick Academy said: “Warwick Academy is thrilled that student David Goonewardene is going to be able to participate in the Bermuda End To End. He has shown unbelievable resilience and fight as he has taken a day at a time to recover from his car accident.
“Students, staff, parent and friends are encouraged to show their support for him signing up under Warwick Academy and meeting at the school by 9.15am. David, supported by us, will walk from Warwick Academy to Dockyard.
“We want to show David that as he fights, we stand with him and support him. Some of his friends will stick by his side for the whole way to walk side by side with him.”
David suffered a brain injury in car crash last March after the driver of the car he was a passenger in lost control and hit a wall on Knapton Hill Road in Smith’s.
He spent about a month in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital intensive care unit before he was airlifted to Boston Children’s Hospital where he spent two weeks.
He was later transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for a month and spent another month as an outpatient therapy before he returned to Bermuda.
He travelled again last September to the Sargent Rehabilitation Centre in Rhode Island for ten weeks.
To sign up for the Warwick Academy’s “Middle to End”, visit www.bermudaendtoend.bm/register
There is support for those with brain injuries on Facebook.