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Decorated combat veteran Greg Reynolds defied many odds during his tour in Iraq but it is what happened on the home front that truly changed his life.
On June 22, 2008 life as Greg knew it ended.
With a 1 in 2,000 chance of survival due to massive blood loss, Greg’s future was looking grim.
In a coma for nearly six weeks, he finally regained consciousness. Greg had to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again. After three months in the hospital he was sent home to continue his recovery.
Greg’s participation in adaptive sports clinics around the Nation played a crucial role in his mental, emotional, and social healing.
With a desire to inspire and promote the healing capabilities of a positive and active lifestyle including adaptive sports, MAKIN’ LEMONADE was established.
“He inspired me!!!”
“I’m going to think of you and what you said when I think I can’t do something.”
“He was amazing! He should come back every year!!”
“An amazing person, really inspiring and definitely a role model. Unforgettable!”
“People with your mind set will rule the world one day.”
“He is a great man with a big heart. He showed me that my life isn’t bad and that I can do anything I want in life. I salute you Greg!”
DID YOU KNOW???
In extremis – at the point of death.
Glasgow Coma Scale - a scale that is used to assess the severity of a brain injury, that consists of values from 3 to 15. A low score (as 3 to 5) indicates a poor chance of recovery and a high score (as 8 to 15) indicates a good chance of recovery.
Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) - is one of the most common and devastating types of traumatic brain injury, meaning that damage occurs over a more widespread area than in focal brain injury. DAI is one of the major causes of unconsciousness and persistent vegetative state after head trauma.
The outcome is frequently coma, with over 90% of patients with severe DAI never regaining consciousness. Those who do wake up often remain significantly impaired.
ARDS - respiratory failure that results from diffuse injury to the endothelium of the lung (as in sepsis, chest trauma, massive blood transfusion, aspiration of the gastric contents, or pneumonia).